Are you looking for some new breakfast ideas? Porridge is a great way to start your day. This nutritious breakfast is loaded with fibre and protein, and it tastes delicious too.
Versions of porridge are a staple food in many cultures around the globe. In addition to being a tasty breakfast option, it also provides essential nutrients such as iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B12, and magnesium.
However, not all porridge oats are gluten-friendly. How come? Well, although oats are naturally gluten free, they may be processed in a factory where grains and products containing gluten are also processed. This can lead to cross contamination. Also, some coeliac sufferers stills react badly to oats – possibly due to a protein called avenin that they contain. We discuss this in more detail below.
The end result is that a lot of people who are intolerant to gluten cannot enjoy oat-based porridge.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to prepare porridge to make it gluten-friendly. Some of them include adding fruits or nuts, baking it into breads, or even using it as a dessert topping. If you want to try something new, then these 10 recipes are sure to satisfy your taste buds.
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Are Oats Gluten Free?
Or least they are generally safe to most coeliac and gluten intolerance sufferers. It’s best to check what the health authorities advise in your particular country, but in many countries, oats are classified gluten free.
However, as we stated at the start, ‘pure’ oats are gluten free – and that’s exactly the problem. How can you be sure that you are buying pure, uncontaminated oats?
The only way to be totally sure is to buy a reputable brand of certified gluten-free oats.
And this raises further issues once you starting looking at whether or not porridge oats are gluten free.
The main reason why many brands of porridge oats are not considered gluten free is because they contain ingredients that are derived from wheat. For example, they may have been processed on equipment used for processing wheat products. Or they may have been contaminated by wheat flour during storage.
If you are confident that your oats are gluten free, go ahead and use them to make porridge in the conventional way. However, if you have any doubts, err on the safe-side and experiment with some of our gluten free porridge recipes below
At the end of the day, it’s not worth risking your health by using products that may cause severe reactions in your body.
10 Gluten Free Porridge Recipe Ideas
Without further ado, let’s get into 10 amazing gluten-free porridge recipes that you can easily rustle up at home.
This recipe uses organic porridge oats instead of oatmeal flakes. It has a smooth texture thanks to the addition of milk or water. Our top tip is to try it with coconut milk for an extra flavour boost. You can even push the boat out and add toasted coconut flakes as a topping – delicious and an extra hit of fibre.
We love this recipe as it could not be easier to make with only two ingredients. We like using milk to make the porridge more creamy, but you can use water if you prefer. Cook the entire thing within 5 minutes and you’re good to go.
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Second on our rundown of gluten-free porridge recipes is this fruity winner.
Blueberries add an extra dimension to any dish. Here, we combine blueberries with porridge oats to create a healthy breakfast treat. You can serve this porridge warm or cold. Either way, it tastes delicious and is easy to make.
Make sure that you are using gluten free oats and the milk of your choice. The recipe calls for skimmed, but you can use a different milk if you prefer an even creamier texture. If you’re not a fan of creamy porridge, though, feel free to swap the milk out for water.
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If you’re looking for a grain-free porridge recipe, this one is perfect for you. It contains almond flour, shredded coconut, chia seeds, and cinnamon.
This porridge is super simple to make although it does require soaking time overnight. In the morning, eat cold or head up over medium heat. Serve immediately. This porridge has a thinner consistency than normal porridge oats, so keep this in mind.
This recipe contains no oats, so it is perfect for anyone who gets a reaction from Avenin as well as gluten. Top with whatever fresh fruit and nuts that you want and enjoy.
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Bananas and oats are a match made in heaven. Here, we take banana and cinnamon and transform it into a gluten-free porridge. Topped with fruit, nuts, and honey, this porridge is the ultimate comfort food.
You’ll need a banana and some gluten free oats to make this recipe. You can use plant milk or dairy milk, or even water if you want a thinner porridge consistency. Don’t forget the toppings so you’re not eating plain porridge.
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Raspberries are sweet and juicy, making them the perfect topping for porridge. They also have health benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties.
For this recipe, you’ll need raspberries, a milk of your choice, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, and toppings of your choice.
Perhaps the strangest ingredient, though, is roasted buckwheat. This otherwise goes by the name kasha, and it replicates the porridge oats without, but doesn’t contain that pesky gluten.
Serve with your favourite toppings – we love more raspberries and some shaved chocolate.
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Next up on our list of gluten-free porridge recipes is a fun spin which turns porridge into pancakes.
Traditional pancake recipes are not gluten free because they contain flour. However, gluten free pancakes are now all the rage, partly because they’re healthier than the former. Many people prefer them to the regular ones.
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All you need for this recipe is oats, eggs, sweetener, and any milk that you choose. Oh, and don’t forget about your toppings! We love bananas, honey, and mixed berries. These pancakes are as simple to make as traditional pancakes.
If you want a smoother consistency, simply whiz all of the ingredients up in a blender before cooking over a low heat.
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you’re trying to lose weight. This porridge is packed with protein and fibre, which helps you stay full longer. It’s also incredibly easy to make, and tastes great hot or cold.
You’ll need coconut shreds, milk, flax meal, and flour. Add these ingredients together and cook on a stove top over medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens. Once cooked, serve immediately.
The coconut and flax meal will make the porridge-like texture, and the flour makes the mixture thicker and creamier. Considering the fact that there are no oats in this porridge recipe, the texture is remarkably similar.
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This porridge is very similar to oatmeal, but much easier to make. The almonds add extra nutrients, while the oats give it a nice texture. Plus, it’s delicious served warm or cold.
For this recipe, you’ll only need to find a specific brand of porridge oats – Nairns Gluten Free Porridge. These are oats without Avenin. Avenin can trigger allergies in people suffering from celiac disease.
The toasted oats give an amazing crunch to the porridge and the berries give you a refreshing start to the morning.
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Quinoa is one of those foods that has been around for thousands of years. Quinoa is actually considered a superfood due to its high nutritional value. In addition to being rich in protein, quinoa contains iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and antioxidants.
For this recipe, you’ll need almond milk, quinoa flakes, sugar, cinnamon, and water. Simply combine everything together and cook on a low heat. You can eat it as soon as it’s done, or let it cool down and store it in the fridge.
It’s creamy and delicious, and perfect for breakfast or dessert. It’s also vegan if you use soy-free milk instead of regular milk.
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So we’re back to chocolate with the last of our gluten-free porridge recipes – and what’s wrong with that?!
Chocolate is always a crowd pleaser, and this chocolate porridge is no exception. It’s made using cocoa powder, milk, and apples. The result is a decadent chocolate treat that’s packed with healthy fats and protein.
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This porridge uses Quaker gluten free oats which are suitable for everyone no matter their dietary requirements. The apple counters the chocolate flavor to keep this breakfast refreshing instead of too sugary.
You can also add chocolate sauce on top of the porridge to make it even sweeter, as well as increasing the amount of cocoa powder in the recipe.
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What Is The Difference Between Porridge Oats And Gluten-Free Porridge Oats?
Porridge oats are simply rolled oats that have been processed differently than normal whole oats. They contain less fat, less sugar, and more fibre. However, they still retain all the benefits of eating oats, such as improving your digestion.
With gluten-free porridge oats, because they’re processed differently, they don’t cause any adverse reactions in people who suffer from celiac disease or other gluten intolerances. This means that you can enjoy them without worrying about accidentally consuming gluten.
Gluten free porridge oats are also not processed in the same location as wheat and other grains. This stops any possible contamination that could cause issues for people suffering from celiac disease.
Normal porridge oats, on the other hand, are often processed in the same factories – which is where the issue arises.
When making one of our gluten-free porridge recipes, we strongly recommend you use certified gluten-free porridge oats.
So there we have it. 10 easy recipes for gluten-free porridge. Hopefully you’ve found one that you are excited about trying and want to share with all of your friends. Our favourite is either the pancakes or the gluten free porridge with raspberries.
If you are using a recipe that calls for oats, make sure that they are gluten free and from a company that ensures that they are not processed near any wheat products.
If you want to remain on the safe side, though, you should opt for a recipe that doesn’t use normal porridge oats.
Having said that, if you are not sensitive to avenin, you don’t have to avoid oats at all.