Creamy Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Flakes Porridge (Gluten Free, Vegan)

You could say that Mankato, Minnesota - where I'm presently living for grad school - is going through a seasonal identity crisis. It's now several days into the start of fall, and pumpkin spice everything (including this gluten free porridge!) is already in full force. What's not so fall-erific? The persistent 90-degree temperatures!

Even though it may not totally "feel" like fall, though, I'm definitely having all the pumpkin feels and cravings...which is where this pumpkin spiced quinoa flakes porridge comes in. I actually ate this quinoa flakes recipe for weeks straight as a college sophomore (over three years ago, now!) but never got around to sharing this porridge on the blog. Luckily, I'm correcting that oversight today!

Creamy Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Flakes Porridge (Gluten Free, Vegan)

So what makes this quinoa flakes recipe throwback worthy? Imagine a cozy bowl of oatmeal, but even creamier, thanks to its base of quinoa flakes and mashed ripe banana (or pumpkin puree). Add some pumpkin spice seasoning, a hearty dollop of pumpkin butter and your favorite oatmeal toppings, and this quinoa flakes porridge will become your latest fall addiction. 

If you're ready to fall in love (you know I can't resist a good pun!) with this creamy pumpkin spiced quinoa flakes porridge, start by gathering the following ingredients.

Ingredients for One Bowl of Quinoa Flakes Porridge: 

1/3 cup of quinoa flakes*
2/3 cup of water or milk (milk makes it creamier; my personal favorite plant-based options are rice, coconut and cashew milk, or a mix of the three)
1/2 to 3/4 a mashed ripe banana (or 1-2 TBSP of pumpkin puree)
1 TBSP of chia seeds (they help make your porridge super fluffy and thick!)
Hefty sprinkle of cinnamon and pumpkin spice

Creamy Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Flakes Porridge (Gluten Free, Vegan)

*Note: You can also make this pumpkin spice porridge with the same amount of rice flakes and/or buckwheat flakes. I have not tested this breakfast recipe with oats (since my system can't tolerate even gluten free oats) but they should also work fine, though you may have to tweak the amount of liquid. 

How to Make Quinoa Flakes Porridge: 

Like all of my gluten free and vegan porridge recipes, this one is super easy (and fast) to make. Simply add your banana (or pumpkin puree) to a microwave-safe bowl and mash it as needed. Then, pour in the quinoa flakes, chia seeds, spices and liquid. Stir thoroughly and let your bowl of quinoa flakes porridge sit for 3-5 minutes. This will give the chia seeds time to expand. If you like a looser porridge, you can also add more liquid at this time.  

Creamy Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Flakes Porridge (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Then, pop your bowl into the microwave for around two minutes, depending how powerful your microwave is. I have not tested cooking this quinoa flakes recipe on the stovetop, but you probably could just follow the cooking instructions on the box of your quinoa flakes (or buckwheat flakes, oats, etc) and add the chia seeds, puree, and spices after the flakes have been somewhat cooked.

Toppings to Dress Up Your Gluten Free Porridge 

Once you've cooked your quinoa flakes porridge, you've reached the fun part: choosing your toppings! I'm always experimenting with new ways to spice up (pun  intended...again) my quinoa flakes porridge, so I've eaten this gluten free breakfast with various toppings. However, there are some toppings that tasted especially delicious.

Adding sliced ripe banana gives the gluten free porridge an extra sweetness (especially if you used pumpkin purée in the porridge base), and I also love defrosted blueberries or pomegranates for a hit of tartness. 

Creamy Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Flakes Porridge (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Since I'm addicted to combining different textures into one dish, I also usually top my quinoa flakes porridge with (homemade or storebought) trail mix, granola, hemp seeds or spiced nuts. Chocoholics could also add cacao nibs, or even chocolate chips (which become delightfully gooey on the hot porridge!). And, of course, nut butter is always a good idea.  

The one topping you have to add to your gluten free porridge - at least in my pumpkin-lovin' opinion - is a big spoonful of pumpkin butter. I've enjoyed the pumpkin butter at Sprouts Farmers Market and Trader Joe's, but you can obviously use your own favorite brand, or even a homemade version if you have some major pumpkin butta skills.

Creamy Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Flakes Porridge (Gluten Free, Vegan)

True, it may not be feeling like fall in my neck of the woods just yet. However, there's never a bad time for pumpkin spiced anything...and this pumpkin spice quinoa flakes recipe is definitely no exception!

And who knows? Maybe when the weather does cool down (I'm sure I'll be shaking in my winter boots before I know it!), this gluten free quinoa flakes porridge will become my go-to fall breakfast yet again.

What's the weather like where you are now? Yay or nay on pumpkin spiced everything? Tell me in the comments! 


  1. Looks like my kind of breakfast!

  2. Yum Yum Yum. I am GF and this is right up my alley. Making!

  3. This looks so tasty. I am gonna try at home.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Yum!! This sounds and looks amazing ��. An awesome take on a classic. I can't wait to give it a try ��.


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