Sneaky Protein Maple Cinnamon Porridge (healthy, vegan and gluten free)

Yeah yeah yeah, time for a throwback recipe when I actually had the time and adequate kitchen appliances to make some complicated bomb-a** recipes! 😜 BUT not gonna lie, my longing for porridge doesn’t phase me enough to purchase more oats because: sweet potatoes are more likely to get me out of bed than anything!

However, I know that you all are pretty tired of my sweet tater hype. And I totally get that. But face it–unless if you have the time and energy to cook a completely different dish every time you eat, we all tend to eat the same things every single day. Variety is optimal, but your palette usually craves the same flavors that you enjoy. I’m sure that you’ve had a certain food more than three times a week, if not more!


And let’s not forget to mention meal prep, which is an essential if you’re on a tight schedule and budget.

But back to the main subject here: porridge. Twenty minutes isn’t really an option for me unless if I don’t have any classes that particular day; specifically 7 A.M.s that strip me away from my precious beauty sleep time. Sure, I could easily cook bulk oats on the stovetop, except for the fact that I don’t have that big of a pot and I have a limited amount of time to cook–at least the type of cooking where I actually have to be completely focused on what I’m cooking.


I don’t like raw overnight oats either, so it’s way easier for me to bake sweet potatoes ahead of time where I can walk away from the oven without worrying about my apartment room setting on fire, or microwave sweet potatoes for ten minutes, top them with the goods and enjoy once I get back to my room. With all that aside, I will find a way to make oatmeal as perfectly stovetop voluminous as possible but in a much faster and easier way than boiling water. Just wait and see!


  • 1/3 cup ground oats or oat flour
  • 1/4 cup TVP
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract
  • Sweetener to taste; I used liquid Stevia
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • Opt: chocolate chips, coconut shreds, almonds, chia seeds, strawberries, cereal, blueberries, etc.


  1. Set a pot filled with the water on medium heat.
  2. Stir the salt in the water and bring to a boil.
  3. Immediately turn the heat to the lowest setting.
  4. Add in the ground oats and TVP, tiring consistently.
  5. Repeat with the cinnamon, maple extract, vanilla extract and optional add-ins.
  6. Let the porridge simmer, stirring periodically until the liquid evaporates.

What gets you out of bed? Do you meal prep every week?

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