Simply Saturday | Warm Maple & Pear Soaked Porridge

October 24, 2015

Simply Saturday | Warm Maple & Pear Soaked Porridge by Faring Well #vegan #recipes

I’m laying on our couch here in Denver staring out the window at the grey blanket covering the city. Its Wednesday, and the rain begun last night with plans to continue through Friday. The church bells are ringing (letting me know it is now 1pm), and I just made myself a mug of peppermint tea. I could easily say I’m the happiest I could be right now, but come Saturday morning when this post goes live – I will truly be the happiest. As you are reading this I am waking up at my parents home in Phoenix, Arizona. I’m all cozied up in my pjs on the couch with my mom, sipping multiple cups of coffee, and watching the new episode of This Old House – which will probably be followed by a handful of cooking shows and/or westerns and/or a really old movie I’ve never heard of but my mom swears is the greatest thing ever recorded on film. We are home in AZ for the weekend soaking in all of the people we love the most.

It’s still warm in Phoenix, but back here in Denver it is cooling down and we are getting a bit of weather. My internal switch has been flipped and I have been getting my seasonal craving for warm porridge. Always looking to get the most bang for my buck when it comes to nutrients (and also being very impatient for breakfast in the morning) I have for you here a porridge that isn’t cooked, but warmed, preserving the enzymes in the soaked grains. The soaking the night before removes the need for cooking, however I prefer to warm them on the stove with creamy hemp milk in the morning for a few minutes before loading it up with toppings and spices. Here is my current fall version I am all sorts of giddy about. I hope it warms you on a slow, chilly morning this season. Happy simply Saturday – xo

Makes 1 happy serving. 

1/4 cup raw buckwheat groats (soaked overnight)
1/4 cup rolled oats (soaked overnight)
hemp milk or your favorite nut milk
warmed maple syrup
a few dashes of cinnamon
hemp hearts (a.k.a. hulled hemp seeds)
toasted almonds
1 thinly sliced pear

Begin the night before by placing your oat and buckwheat groats in two separate bowls and covering them with water. Place a lid or a layer of film over the top and pop them in the refrigerator. In the morning, drain any excess water from the oats and place them in a small pot on the stove. Rinse and drain the buckwheat groats in a fine mesh colander to remove the gooey residue they get from soaking, then add them to the small pot with the oats. Set the pot aside for the moment.

In a small butter warmer on the stove, warm a few tablespoons of maple syrup. Once warmed, transfer to a small pouring dish and set aside on the counter. Next, roughly chop a small handful of almonds, and toast them in a dry skillet on the stove over medium low heat. Toss every minute or so until fragrant, then remove from the stove and set aside. (I like to use my butter warmer to warm the hemp milk next, but you can add it cold to the pot of porridge as well.) Turn the heat on low under the pot of your soaked porridge, and add enough hemp milk (warmed or still cold) to the pot so the mixture is nice and creamy. Stir ever minute or so until the porridge is warmed throughout(not hot, remember we love and want those enzymes), adding a few pinches of cinnamon at this time too. Transfer to your chosen breakfast bowl (and add more warmed hemp milk if desired to keep it nice and creamy). Top with fresh, thinly sliced pear, a spoonful of hemp hearts, toasted almonds, and the warmed maple syrup. Eat right away, and be warm.

In this post from Farmhouse Pottery: mug // small pitcher // bowl


  • Reply sego October 24, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Dear Jessie,

    I may have misreading, but you keep the water in which you soak grains ? I thought I should rinse grains to remove phytic acid. Am I wrong?
    Have a nice week end!

    • Reply Faring Well October 24, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Good morning! And no you are right – in my directions it says to drain the grains of excess water and rinse the buckwheat groats :)

    • Reply sego October 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

      I read to fast ! I was in a hurry to prepare my breakfast (in France). But I separated grains. Thus tomorrow morning I will enjoy it.
      I very much appreciate these Simple Saturday series. Keep going!

      • Reply Faring Well October 24, 2015 at 11:42 am

        Aw yay! Thanks so much :) I’m so glad you are enjoying this series and hope you have a yummy breakfast tomorrow morning! Thank you Sego <3

        • Reply sego October 25, 2015 at 2:22 am


          Tested this morning, without maple sirup and with almond milk, some home-made nutella and pecan nuts. So delicious and chewy. I tried not to overheat grains. I am pretty sure I will be yummy with warm pumpkin butter!

  • Reply Tamara M. October 24, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Aaahh, I’m dreaming to go to AZ one day ! (and dreaming of some warm weather in this freezing canadian weather)
    But this porridge might be the perfect thing to cheer me up in this freezing air, I’m surely eating this tomorrow morning !!

    Lovely post as always, enjoy your time with your parents in AZ xx

    • Reply Faring Well October 26, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      It really was so nice to be warm – but I’m sure this will do just the trick for you too ;). Thank your for your sweet words and hope you had a great weekend too Tamara!

  • Reply Lane | Green Spirit Adventures October 24, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Such a gorgeous post, as always! I hope you’re having an incredible time in Arizona! It’s pretty chilly and gray here, so this porridge sounds like the perfect thing to warm me up. I’m a complete porridge addict and I’m really looking forward to trying out this recipe!

    • Reply Faring Well October 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks so much Lane! You’re just too sweet. Hope you had some cozy food this past weekend to keep you warm on those grey days – xo

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full October 24, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I’m currently in New Hampshire right now, with cold brisk air and fall leaves all around, and this warm porridge is perfectly fitting in with the vibes right now (especially the maple syrup… There’s so much of it here!!) This is such a quintessential autumn breakfast and it just radiates coziness <3

    • Reply Faring Well October 26, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      That sounds amazingggg Sarah! Hope you had a great time <3 so wonderful.

  • Reply Amanda | Pickles & Honey October 24, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Beautiful, Jessie! I hope you have the loveliest of weekends with the people you love most. XO

    • Reply Faring Well October 26, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Aw thank you Amanda, it was really amazing. Hope you’re enjoying that sunny socal! <3

  • Reply Renee Kemps October 24, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Cosy, warm words. Love! And same here, porridge is all I want on cold, early mornings. Have the best time over there with your parents. No better quality time than cuddling up with you mama in pjs! <3!!

    • Reply Faring Well October 26, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Seriously – I don’t think there is any better quality time than doing just that! Which we did, A LOT :) so yay! Thank you Renee, you are just too sweet! Hugs <3

  • Reply danielle is rooting the sun October 24, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    happy sweet saturday sentiments to you jessie. nothing is able to sum it up quite like the simple and affectionate moments spent with family, or a brilliant comforting bowl of warm porridge. hemp milk is perfect, and the maple combined with pears is such a loving nod to the season. really nice. happy weekend xo

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:32 am

      So so true! And thank you Danielle, you are the sweetest <3

  • Reply hannah-phoebe October 24, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    ooo i cannot wait to make this it sounds sooo lovely :) I’m craving porridge but never feel like cooking in the morning, a simple chop and stir is just about all I can manage – love that you’ve got this game down. Hope you’re having lovely snuggles with your mummy now :)

    p.s. how do you make your help milk? xx

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Aw yay! Thank you Hannah :) and I actually buy my hemp milk! But I do believe there are a handful of great recipes out there to make your own as well.

  • Reply Sophie October 24, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    what a cozy little breaky! Hooray for Saturday mornings and times like these <3

  • Reply KJ October 24, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    This sounds like a nice cozy fall breakfast :) The picture is gorgeous! Have fun visiting family!!

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life October 24, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Hope you have the best time in Phoenix with your family Jessie! This warm bowl or cozy deliciousness is calling my name. Lovely <3

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Aw thank you Sophie, it was the best time. Hope you’re having a happy, cozy week! xo

  • Reply Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen October 25, 2015 at 10:32 am

    It’s so comforting to visit parents and just for a little while, feel like a kid again! Hope you’re having a great weekend.

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:34 am

      It so is! And thank you Chelsea, I hope you did too!

  • Reply Jodi October 26, 2015 at 6:10 am

    What a perfect morning bowl – I’m all about the pears now! And I love the idea of soaking and then re-heating, Jessie – so simple but so brilliant. Hoping you just had the best time with your family. x

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Ah you’re too sweet, thank you Jodi! We did have the best time. Hope you had a great weekend too! <3

  • Reply jaime / the briny October 26, 2015 at 8:13 am

    you have such a passion and love in your writing that i think is infectious in the very best way! hope you’re having a wonderful time with your family. (and btw i have toying with the idea of a soaked-then-heated porridge, so this post is like a gift! i like that you drain the grains so they’re free from the soaky slime. also, that is the most beautiful-skinned pear!)

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:36 am

      Sheesh Jaime you are too kind! Thank you sincerely! We had such a wonderful time – and yay about this porridge hitting the spot, hope you get to try it soon! :)

      • Reply jaime / the briny November 4, 2015 at 7:36 pm

        jessie, i made this porridge this morning and loved it. sooo perfectly comforting. thank you for the beautiful recipe and inspiration.

        • Reply Faring Well November 5, 2015 at 4:19 pm

          Aw yay! I’m so glad you loved it too, thank you for writing me <3 so happy to hear!

  • Reply betty October 26, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Oh man, we just made porridge sourdough bread at the workshop and now reading about this cozy fall maple and pear porridge makes me even more in love with prodigy! It brings me straight to a cozy rainy morning, curled up in bed reading. Just lovely!! And those bowls <3 .

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Porridge sourdough bread?! That sounds AMAZING Betty! And thank you so so much, we both are such Farmhouse fans I love it <3

  • Reply Loran | Old World Living October 26, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I’m not really an oatmeal person, but this looks absolutely delicious, warming and perfect for a cozy fall morning. Add maple to anything and I’m in! So glad I stumbled across your blog tonight!

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Aw thank you Loran! That is too neat. I’m glad you did too! <3

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens October 27, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Porridge is the food is my soul. I don’t think I could live without it. And fall and winter = optimal time of the year for porridge, so I am super excited and ready to break out all possible and delicious combinations for oatmeal!

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Thank you Genevieve! This is the time to enjoy it for sure <3

  • Reply Anna October 28, 2015 at 4:22 am

    looks super amazing!!!! can’t wait to try it at home :D

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Thank you Anna! Hope you enjoy it too :)

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan October 28, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Enjoy your time at ‘home’ Jessie! Cheers to fall weekends and a lovely breakfast recipe :)

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

      You’re too sweet, thank you Abby! Hope the wedding plans are going smoothly and that you’re having lots of fun :)

  • Reply Molly October 29, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Yum! I love pears with warm oatmeal, it’s perfect for Fall!


  • Reply Alana October 29, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I’m so tardy but what an awesome series!! Keep ’em coming lady!!

    • Reply Faring Well November 3, 2015 at 7:21 am

      Aw thanks Alana! Glad you like the idea too, I’m really enjoying them! xo

  • Reply Jayme | holly & flora October 29, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    How was your vacation, Jessie? I’m so jealous that you got to go home and visit your parents. And you’re lucky like I am that they live in a warm and sunny place. My family lives in Florida, close to the beach, so that’s another reason to visit them! I will have to try soaking my oats again. This sounds so simple and delicious!

    • Reply Faring Well November 3, 2015 at 7:22 am

      It was amazing Jayme, thank you! That IS the best (having parents in warm places). Feels like a true vacation every time we go home :). And thank you for the recipe love too sweet lady!

  • Reply Sini October 30, 2015 at 9:10 am

    This right here is probably one of the coziest porridges I’ve ever come across. I’m dying to have it in my life!

    • Reply Faring Well November 3, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Sini! You made me smile. Thank you! I’m so glad you think so too :) and hopefully it is in your life very soon! xo

  • Reply Lauren January 12, 2016 at 9:17 am

    I came across this recipe last week and HAD to go to the store right after work to pick up the ingredients. I’ve been making it every morning since and look forward to it so much. The chew of the buckwheat, the creaminess of the oats, the maple flavor that brings everything together is so so good! It’s the perfect winter breakfast :)

    • Reply Faring Well January 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Lauren! I am so glad to hear you tried and love this recipe so much, that is wonderful! Thank you for writing me to share this, it just made my day. Enjoy your yummy breakfast this week! <3

  • Reply laurasmess March 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

    This is giving me warm porridge-y maple-soaked fuzzy feelings about breakfast tomorrow morning! I happen to have everything in the house (except the hemp hearts, but I might try and sub in some flax) and there are distinct plans to give your recipe a go! It’s perfect for our pending change of season actually; it’s technically autumn in my hometown right now so porridge and warm breakfasts will soon be overtaking cold granola as my ‘regular’. Thanks for the inspiration, your blog is absolutely beautiful. Warm and full of delicious inspiration! -Laura x

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