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Easy Buckwheat Porridge (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Creamy, hearty and a perfect alternative to regular oatmeal, this easy buckwheat porridge is completely gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Ready in under 15 minutes, this lightly sweetened healthy porridge is perfect for breakfast or an anytime snack! I recommending topping it with fresh fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Hand holding a spoon in a bowl of buckwheat porridge with sliced strawberries.

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What is Buckwheat?

Buckwheat is basically a plant that is grown for its grain-like triangular seeds, which are used as food.

It is also known as a “pseudocereal” because it is actually a seed but can be used like other cereals in that its seeds can be cooked and eaten like you would wheat, or ground into a fine buckwheat flour for baking.

With a beautifully nutty flavor, buckwheat adds depth to the flavor profile of the recipe you’re making.

Is Buckwheat Gluten-Free?

Despite the word “wheat” in its name, buckwheat is not closely related to wheat. Confusing, I know!

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In fact, buckwheat is naturally gluten-free, and those with Celiac disease or gluten allergies and intolerances, or those simply on a gluten-free diet can also enjoy it without issues (yay!).

Holding up a handful of buckwheat groats from a grey bowl.

A Perfect Alternative to Oatmeal

I have a weakness for porridge, since when I was little my dad used to start his day with big and hearty bowl of oatmeal.

Since then, porridge has become my comfort food, and I’ve experimented with different sorts of porridge alternatives, such as flaxseed porridge, millet porridge and quinoa porridge.

Today, I’m sharing this deliciously creamy buckwheat porridge made with buckwheat groats, which is perfect for any chilly morning.

Reaching for a spoonful of buckwheat porridge and strawberries.

Why This Recipe Works:

  • Few Ingredients Required: All you need to make this hearty buckwheat porridge recipe is literally a handful of simple ingredients. You might already have most of these on hand, and they are easily accessible at the grocery stores or natural foods store.
  • Super Easy to Make: This gluten-free recipe has a short cooking time and comes together in under 15 minutes. Simply combine the ingredients, mix them together, and let them simmer over low heat until you get a creamy porridge. YUM!
  • Flexible: This recipe makes a slightly sweetened porridge, you can easily make it savory by leaving out the maple syrup and cinnamon, and adding tamari sauce or coconut aminos, sesame oil and a bit of salt and pepper instead!
  • Totally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Vegan: The best part is that this easy buckwheat porridge recipe is 100% gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, which means that those with Celiac disease or gluten or lactose intolerances can enjoy it without worries!
A bowl of strawberries and buckwheat porridge on a wooden board.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

Here’s a visual overview of the ingredients required to make this gluten-free buckwheat porridge recipe.

(For exact measurements and quantities, please scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.)

Ingredients to make buckwheat porridge recipe.

Ingredient Notes/Substitutions:

  • Raw Buckwheat Groats: Buckwheat groats are the hulled seeds of the buckwheat plant, and since this is a recipe for buckwheat porridge, it’s important that you use buckwheat groats.
  • Filtered Water: I use filtered water, but you may also use mineral water or potable tap water instead.
  • Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is used for sweetening the porridge ever so slightly. You may also use agave nectar if you prefer. Alternatively, if you are not vegan, you may also use raw honey if you like.
  • Cinnamon: I like adding a pinch of ground cinnamon for extra flavor, but you can also use cinnamon sticks while cooking the porridge if you don’t have the powdered verson. Also, feel free to leave it out if you’re not a fan. Alternatively, you can sprinkle a little bit of cacao powder too.

How to Make Buckwheat Porridge (Step by Step)

1. Combine Buckwheat Groats and Water

In a small pot or small saucepan, combine the uncooked buckwheat groats and water and bring it to a boil.

Mixing buckwheat groats and water in a small pot.

2. Reduce Heat and Simmer

Once at a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid, letting the ingredients simmer for the next 10 to 12 minutes, mixing occasionally until you get the consistency of oatmeal.

Scooping up a spoonful of buckwheat porridge.

3. Serve and Enjoy

Divide the creamy buckwheat porridge between two bowls, add a splash of milk to each, top with fresh fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle with cinnamon.

Holding a spoon in a bowl of buckwheat porridge.

Dish by Dish Tips/Tricks:

  • Optional Toppings: You can also sprinkle chia seeds, chopped nuts, cacao nibs and a splash of vanilla extract. Feel free to add a spoonful of almond butter or peanut butter to this delicious breakfast bowl if you prefer.
  • Eat it Warm or Cold: I like to eat this porridge warm on cold mornings, but you can also eat it cold from the fridge on summer days!
  • Make a Savory Porridge: This recipe makes a slightly sweetened porridge, but you can easily make it savory by leaving out the maple syrup and cinnamon, and adding tamari sauce or coconut aminos, sesame oil and a pinch of salt and pepper instead!
  • Prepare a Big Batch: To enjoy this delicious hearty breakfast recipe, you can make a double or triple batch and store it in the fridge so you can eat it over the next few days.
Hand holding a bowl of buckwheat porridge with fresh berries.

Recipes FAQs:

Is Buckwheat Gluten-Free?

Yes, buckwheat is naturally gluten-free, and those with Celiac disease or gluten allergies and intolerances can also enjoy it without issues.

How Do You Store This Buckwheat Porridge?

To store, place the cooled porridge in an airtight container and store for up to 2 days. Reheat in a small pot or microwave before serving.

Reaching into a bowl of buckwheat porridge and fresh fruit.

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Easy Buckwheat Porridge (Gluten-Free, Vegan)


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  • Author: Felicia Lim
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Creamy, hearty and a perfect alternative to regular oatmeal, this easy buckwheat porridge is completely gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Ready in under 15 minutes, this lightly sweetened healthy porridge is perfect for breakfast or an anytime snack! I recommending topping it with fresh fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Combine Buckwheat Groats and Water: In a small pot or saucepan, combine the uncooked buckwheat groats and water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Reduce Heat and Simmer: Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid, letting the ingredients simmer for the next 10 to 12 minutes, mixing occasionally until you get the consistency of oatmeal.
  3. Serve and Enjoy: Divide the buckwheat porridge between two bowls, add a splash of milk to each, top with fresh fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle with cinnamon.

Notes

Buckwheat Groats: Buckwheat groats are the hulled seeds of the buckwheat plant, and since this is a recipe for buckwheat porridge, it’s important that you use buckwheat groats.

Filtered Water: I use filtered water, but you may also use mineral water or potable tap water instead.

Almond Milk: I like using an unsweetened version of my 5-minute homemade almond milk, but you may also use other non-dairy milks such as cashew milk, rice milk, soy milk, coconut milk or sunflower seed milk if you prefer. Alternatively, if you are not lactose-intolerant, feel free to use normal dairy milk instead.

Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is used for sweetening the buckwheat porridge ever so slightly. You may also use agave nectar if you prefer. Alternatively, if you are not vegan, you may also use honey if you like.

Cinnamon: I like adding a pinch of ground cinnamon for extra flavor, but feel free to leave it out if you’re not a fan.

Storing: To store, place the cooled buckwheat porridge in an airtight container and store for up to 2 days. Reheat in a small pot or microwave before serving.

Make a Savory Porridge: If you prefer a savory porridge instead, simply leave out the maple syrup and cinnamon and add gluten-free tamari soy, sesame oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and garnish with chopped spring onions.

  • Prep Time: 3 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

2 Comments

  1. Thanks Felicia,

    I especially like the versatility of this recipe and i can choose to eat it either warm or cold and with the variety of different toppings depending on whether I eat it as a dessert or a meal. The beauty of this recipe is that of its simplicity and the short time needed for its preparation.

    Bless you darling!
    Mum






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