Tasty-and-not-too-hardcore Grain and Gluten Free Breakfast ideas

The grain and gluten free breakfast has got to be the hardest meal to set up when changing your diet. To the uninitiated, it sounds like having to give up all the mainstream options like pancakes, waffles, granola, toast, cereal, oatmeal.… the list goes on. But you don’t. The options are surprisingly varied. They can also be surprisingly similar to all that you know and love.

There have always been the usual grain and gluten free breakfast suspects that feature the world over, like eggs & bacon, baked beans, smoothies, fruit salad and yoghurt, grilled mushrooms & tomato…. No doubt you know them all already….but for the carb addict, and anyone who finds it next to impossible to miss your toast with jam or your morning bowl of cereal, those other options will still leave you hankering after the grain infested stereotypes.

So what to do to satisfy your cravings?

Try baking yourself some grain free bread or whipping up your own grain free granola. Alternatively, this grain and gluten free breakfast cereal recipe takes minutes to prepare, and requires no cooking at all.

If you have a sweet tooth and are looking for something portable, this banana bread recipe is sweetened only with honey and the ripeness of the bananas, so is a nutritious way to start the day (how many breakfast adverts would I have stolen that phrase from?)

Are you a muffin-for-breakfast-on-the-run type? More choice again, with a different flour and flavor, just to keep the spice in your variety: Banana or pumpkin buckwheat muffins, apple quinoa muffins or raspberry almond flour muffins.

And of course, the grain and gluten free breakfast discussion wouldn’t be complete without mentioning pancakes. Check out this light and fluffy buckwheat pancake recipe here.

Love your porridge/oatmeal?

Quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat all make an easy, hot breakfast that you can have with milk and your choice of sweetener, just as you would with oats or porridge made from other grains. Quinoa or amaranth flakes are especially well suited to making porridge, and are ready in minutes.

Check out the cooking quinoa section for simple instructions on how to prepare quinoa or quinoa flakes. Similarly, take a look at the “How to Cook with Amaranth” and the “Flakes” instructions on the Amaranth page.

Try the buckwheat porridge recipe on this site, and here is another suggestion to get you drooling:

Quinoa with berries

In a saucepan mix:

½ cup your choice of milk

½ cup water

½ cup quinoa of any colour, (rinse quinoa beforehand as per the instructions on preparing and cooking quinoa here).

Bring to the boil and simmer, covered, until all liquid has been absorbed and the small germ ring curls out from each quinoa seed.


1 cup berries such as raspberries or blackberries

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Sweeten as desired.

Serves 2.

Want something out of the box, so to speak?

If a quick and easy cereal out of the box is more your style, try puffed quinoa, buckwheat or amaranth…or a combo of all three. They all have a mild flavour and go perfectly with any type of milk and optionally sweetened to suit. And that’s it. It’s like a bowl of rice crispies, only a bit less crunchy and without the additives. Make a bee line for your health food store for any of these ingredients.

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