I am all for the usual porridge, like savory oat bran, baked oats, and cream of rice. But, we’re switching it up with red split LENTILS.
Yes, that’s right, we’re going with no-oats porridge.
You’re probably thinking, “that doesn’t sound right.” Well, it does. And it tastes amazing!
Why You’ll Love This
- This breakfast bowl of lentils is PACKED with plant-based PROTEIN! Thanks to the legumes, we’re hitting about 17 grams of protein per serving. To put that into perspective, a bowl of old-fashioned cooked oats yields about 4 grams of protein.
- It’s ready in just 15 minutes! No need to spend an entire hour hovering over the stove. This recipe only takes a few minutes to make.
- Made with pantry-friendly ingredients. Check out your pantry – you might already have all the ingredients needed. This includes lentils, spices, brown sugar, walnuts, and coconut milk to add some creaminess.
- This recipe is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and 100% VEGAN!
Lentils for Breakfast
Lentils may seem like an unusual guest at the breakfast table in some places, like here in the western world. However, lentils are enjoyed bright-and-early in countries like Iran with their stew called haleem made with lentils, grains, meat, and spices. And then you have idli in south India, a savory rice cake made with fermented black lentils.
Speaking of protein, starting a plant-based diet and needing more protein? Check out Top 10 Cheap Plant-Based Protein Sources to get some ideas for your next meals!
What To Eat With Breakfast Lentils
Feel free to add or top your breakfast lentils with your favorites! Here are some ideas:
- Chocolate chips
- Maple syrup
- Chia seeds
- Coconut milk
- Vegan Greek yogurt
- Coconut flakes
A great addition to a warm and cozy lentil porridge is a mug of warm spiced tea. Ginger tea, chai, and cinnamon are all great examples.
Why Use Red Split Lentils
Red split lentils are very soft, tender, and take on any of the flavors you give to them. Additionally, they cook relatively fast in comparison to other lentil varieties.
They are typically cooked in just 12-15 minutes. On the other hand, green lentils are tender after being cooked for 30 minutes or so.
If you’re into lentils, these recipes are a must-try!
Where To Buy Red Split Lentils
Red split lentils can be found at big-box grocery stores including Walmart, Target, and Trader Joe’s.
I have also found them at Asian grocery stores at a great price and sometimes in bulk.
They’ll usually be sitting next to other dry legumes. If you can’t locate red split lentils at your local grocery store, they can also be found online at Amazon.
Should Lentils Be Soaked Before Cooking?
Lentils do not need to be soaked, especially red split lentils. Red split lentils cook very quickly – just a few minutes.
So, just throw them into the pot with boiling/simmering water and you’re good to go.
Reasons why lentils are a great, quick dish that can be enjoyed any time of the day.
More Porridge Recipes
Looking for something a little bit different? Be sure to check out our Blueberry Banana Bread, Mushroom Bacon, Chia Seed Pumpkin Muffins, Tofu Scramble, and Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Pancakes.
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Breakfast Red Split Lentils
- 1 cup red split lentils
- 3 cups water/vegan milk
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 teaspoon brown sugar adjust to preference
- Splash of coconut milk
- Chopped walnuts
- In a saucepan or pot over high heat, stir together red split lentils and water/vegan milk.
- Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Once at a boil, lower heat to medium. Cook and stir for 15 minutes, or until creamy and tender.
- Optional: Add your favorite porridge toppings! I added a splash of coconut milk and chopped walnuts.
- Feel free to use any sweetener of choice and use as much or as little as you prefer.
- For a creamier breakfast red split lentils, add a splash of coconut milk.
I am very excited about this breakfast dish. I have been avoiding oats lately with all these glyphosate problems and this might just do the trick! I can’t wait to make this.
I hope you love. It’s a great alternative to oats, for sure. Let me know if you like it and definitely let me know if you have any feedback! 🙂
I am currently following the original South Beach P1 and cannot have oatmeal for 2 weeks. Very excited about this recipe.
Glad the recipe will be coming in handy, then! Let me know how you like it when you try it. ^_^
This is SO GOOD! Thank you for creating this recipe. I will definitely make it again 🙂
Glad you loved it!
Is it possible to make this recipe in bulk and keep it in the fridge? If so, how long can I keep it in the fridge? I would like to eat this daily, but don’t have the time to cook it up every morning. I also add peanut butter for extra flavour and healthy fats.
Yes, that’s fine. To reheat, warm in a saucepan and add a touch of water or coconut milk to thin out the breakfast lentils a bit. It’ll keep for about 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Also, peanut butter sounds like a delicious addition!
Aly this is FANTASTIC!! Thank you!! And yes, peanut butter (or almond) makes it crazy good! Much healthier than oatmeal for those of us removing sugar / managing blood sugar.
Hey Chris!!!! You’re awesome for trying the recipe (and loving it too). Glad it was a hit!
I was looking for an easy way to get more Lentils (fiber) into my diet, and this is definitely the trick. A lot easier than making a big batch of my favourite Lentil soup too. I’m not vegan/vegetarian but what a wonderful way to bulk up on fiber. I added a dribble of Maple Syrup and wow, 2 Thumb’s up!!!
Hi Patricia! Thank you for trying out my breakfast lentils! Definitely a greatway to add more fiber at the start of your day! Glad you enjoyed the recipe.