-Free Food: Sweet Grain Breakfast, Vegan and Gluten-Free

DISH: Porridge
TYPE: Breakfast
DIETARY RESTRICTION: Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free

I find that breakfast tends to set the tone for the rest of my day. If I start with a green smoothie or whole-wheat toast I feel like I can tackle the day. I have a little strut in my step because I know I treated myself well. If I start with a pastry, I find that sugar-induced sluggishness trumps the delicious factor of a sweet and flaky treat. Most of the time it’s worth it to start off with a healthy choice.

So what do you eat if you’re vegan, a little bit gluten-intolerant, broke, and short on time? Sweet grain breakfast to the rescue!

My go-to recipe is inspired by everyone’s favorite Housewife, but I prefer it with a little more heft. I often wake up ravenous (does anyone else find that if you eat too much for dinner you wake up more starving than usual? It makes no sense), so Bethenny’s version just won’t cut it. I especially like the versatility of my method – you can switch up the grains, use chopped nuts instead of peanut butter, or use different spices or sweeteners. You can make it your own. I recommend sticking with cinnamon, however. There’s something about cinnamon that just feels so indulgent in the morning.

This breakfast is warm, gooey, filling, hearty, and full of fiber and protein! Plus when you feel good about your breakfast, you get to enjoy more treats later in the day! Eat this in the morning and you can eat chocolate cake for dinner.

Suzannah Schneider is studying Sustainability in Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark. She just discovered that the grocery store around the corner from her culinary-themed dorm carries a bootleg and conveniently vegan version of Nutella!


Sweet Grain Breakfast
Makes 1 Serving

1 cup cooked grain (long-grain brown rice is my favorite, but try white rice, quinoa, or basmati rice)
1/4 cup dairy-free milk (flavored or non-flavored soy, almond, rice, oat, or hemp milk)
2 tablespoons nut butter or chopped nuts
2 tablespoons raisins
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Optional: your desired amount of sweetener (I prefer stevia, but you can also try agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, or honey)

Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl.

Microwave on high for a minute and a half.


Originally posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

One Response to “-Free Food: Sweet Grain Breakfast, Vegan and Gluten-Free”

  1. Hali

    July 5th, 2012

    I will definitely try this! But just so you know, using honey won’t make it vegan anymore.

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