Easy Vegan Porridge 3 Ways (Gluten-Free)

These recipes for Easy Vegan Porridge 3 Ways are some of my favourites, they are thick and creamy, packed with healthy ingredients and you can choose from Cinnamon Apple, Vanilla Berry or Chocolate Orange.

There is something about a bowl of porridge/oats/oatmeal that just hits the spot. They are warming, comforting and you can make them into any flavours you like. But I think it’s fair to say we often get stuck into a routine of the same toppings without changing the base of the oats very much. So, these recipes for Easy Vegan Porridge 3 Ways are all ready in 10-15 minutes, are perfect for on the go or slower mornings and taste amazing.

What flavours are these Easy Vegan Porridge 3 Ways?

I think these flavours cover all bases when it comes to your morning porridge bowl needs:

  • Cinnamon Apple
  • Vanilla Berry
  • Chocolate Orange

I simply cannot pick a favourite as it depends what mood I am, so I will leave that you to you. All of the bowls are:

  • Healthy and wholesome
  • Super creamy, thick and delicious
  • Quick and easy to make
  • Packed with good for you ingredients
  • Naturally vegan, gluten-free and nut-free
  • Easy to make for 1, 2 or for feeding a crowd
  • They keep well for meal prep purposes

What ingredients go into these porridge bowls?

The base recipe is very simple and is the same for all of the flavours:

  • Oats: the obvious one! I use rolled oats, but use your favourite kind. If you’re using the larger oat flakes, the porridge will take longer to cook and may require more liquid. Make sure the oats are certified gluten-free where needed, too.
  • Chia seeds: these are pure gold in porridge as they turn the oats into a lovely thick and creamy while adding a boost of omegas. You could use ground flaxseed, if you prefer. I use the whole chia seeds here as I love the texture.
  • Plant-based milk: you will have your favourite so use that. if you like it sweeter, use a lovely oat milk, or for a more neutral base choose an unsweetened almond milk but you may want to add some sweetness at the end. Coconut milk, soya or even pea milk are also great options.
Cinnamon Apple Porridge close up
Cinnamon Apple Porridge

How do I make the Cinnamon Apple Porridge?

Into the base recipe, you will add:

  • Cinnamon: because cinnamon and apples are the dream.

On top of the oats, you will make some deliciously simply and sticky cinnamon apples:

  • Apples: chopped small. Any apple will do but choose a firmer one (e.g. not Bramley which will turn too soft and wet) like jazz, pink lady or royal gala.
  • Vegan butter or coconut oil: to fry off the apples. Or a vegan margarine spread will also work but the flavour is not as buttery and smooth.
  • Coconut sugar: or light brown sugar will work well here to turn the apples sticky and sweet.
  • Cinnamon: for the cinnamon apple element. A dash of ginger also works so well!
  • Coconut yoghurt: I love the cooling nature of the yoghurt on top of warm oats. Any thick dairy-free yoghurt will work.
  • Almond butter: or another nut or seed butter for a delicious texture and richness.
  • Maple syrup: to make these cinnamon apples even stickier and more delicious. Other sticky syrups like vegan honey or agave will also work.
  • Dried fruits: I add some dried goldenberries as I love their tart flavour but you can use other dried fruits like dates or raisins.
Vanilla Berry Porridge close up
Vanilla Berry Porridge

How about the Vanilla Berry Porridge?

This is really easy and relies on such a classic flavour combination:

  • Vanilla essence: into the oats to add the vanilla flavour. If you like adding protein powders to porridge bowls, use a scoop of vanilla protein powder per 2 portions (as the recipe is written) and you may need to add some more liquid as protein powders can absorb lots of liquid.
  • Fresh or frozen berries: use any berries that you like and whatever is more is in season or in your freezer. Warm up frozen berries until warm and gooey.
  • Coconut yoghurt: as above.
  • Chopped nuts and dried fruits: I love the texture they add on top and I chose one with dried blueberries, gojis berries and almonds.
Chocolate Orange Porridge
Chocolate Orange Porridge

How do I make the Chocolate Orange Oats?

Chocolate orange is the dream team and while these sound indulgent they are actually still really wholesome even if they taste like dessert.

  • Orange: the zest of an orange adds so much flavour.
  • Cacao powder: or cocoa powder for the chocolate richness. If you like adding protein to your Easy Vegan Porridge 3 Ways you can use a chocolate protein powder instead. The same applies that you may need to add more or less liquid depending on how much liquid the protein powder absorbs.
  • Coconut yoghurt: as above it’s so creamy.
  • Cacao nibs: or chocolate chips for a deliciously chocolate crunch on top. Note that cacao nibs are sugar free and pure cacao rather than chocolate chips which will make this slightly less wholesome, but still amazing.
  • Orange or satsuma: peeled and sliced on top.
  • Extra currants or berries: for a pop of colour but not necessary.

Are these Easy Vegan Porridge 3 Ways gluten-free and nut-free?

Yes these are all gluten-free, just make sure your oats are certified gluten-free. The base of these oats are all nut-free (just check your milk!) and swap any nut butters or seeds for seed butters (e.g. tahini or sunflower seed butter) and whole or chopped seeds.

How long will these oats last for?

I love eating porridge oats warm or cold (they are even thicker and more like cake-y overnight oats) so either enjoy them straight away or allow the bases to cool and enjoy cold with all the toppings later on. you can keep the oats in the fridge for 2-3 days in as sealed container. To warm back up, pop them back in a saucepan with some more plant milk and stir until creamy and warmed through.

I love breakfast what other recipes can I try?

I am so happy you love breakfast recipes as much as I do, and for more inspiration, how about my:

Easy Vegan Porridge 3 Ways (Gluten-Free)

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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These recipes for Easy Vegan Porridge 3 Ways are some of my favourites, they are thick and creamy, packed with healthy ingredients and you can choose from Cinnamon Apple, Vanilla Berry or Chocolate Orange.


    For the base:
  • 100g rolled oats (GF if needed)
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds, divided
  • 500-600ml plant-based milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut yoghurt
  • For the Cinnamon Apple Porridge:
  • 1 apple, cored and cubed
  • 1 tsp vegan butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 2 tbsp almond or another nut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp dried goldenberries
  • For the Vanilla Berry Porridge:
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 4 tbsp chopped dried fruits and nuts
  • Fresh berries
  • For the Chocolate Orange Porridge:
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 orange or satsuma, peeled and sliced
  • Fresh berries or currants


  1. For the Cinnamon Apple Porridge: prepare the cinnamon apples by melting the butter or coconut oil in a small frying pan. Once hot, add the apple, coconut sugar and ½ tsp cinnamon and stir over a medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes until softened and sticky.
  2. For all the Porridge: add the oats, 2 tbsp chia seeds, and plant-based milk to a saucepan and warm gently. Stir often and continue to cook until thick and creamy.
  3. For the Cinnamon Apple Porridge: add in the ½ tsp cinnamon with the oats.
  4. For the Vanilla Berry Porridge: add in the vanilla essence with the oats.
  5. For the Chocolate Orange Porridge: add in the orange zest and cacao powder into the oats.
  6. Divide between two bowls and top with the yoghurt and chia seeds and all the toppings as above.
  7. Enjoy straight away or all the porridge to cool and enjoy cold or warm back up with some more plant-based milk. Oats will keep, once cold, in the fridge for 2-3 days, in a sealed container.
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Easy Vegan Porridge 3 Ways

I hope you will love these Easy Vegan Porridge 3 Ways, so please let me know what you think in the comments below. If you do make the oats, I would love to see so please tag me in your bowls, I’m @nourishing.amy on Instagram and use the hashtag #nourishingamy. I’m also on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest  – please say hello!

With porridge love x

  1. Jessica says:

    Those look and sound amazing!

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