Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Creamy Buckwheat Porridge (Vegan + Gluten Free)

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Where are all my breakfast lovers? How about apple and cinnamon fans? Well I have some good news for you if you were silently rejoicing when answering those questions with a – me! me! This crockpot apple cinnamon creamy buckwheat porridge is FOR YOU. It can be made ahead and is so delicious. 


Imagine waking up to a house that smells like cinnamon and apples. Perfect for a fall day. Perfect for a winter day. Perfect anytime you need a cozy breakfast enticing you to the start your day. 

gluten free cinnamon apple crockpot buckwheat-porridge
I absolutely love breakfast food. I have had a mild obsession with cereal since I was a young ‘un.
All the varieties, all the crunch. Some might think, oh, you love the sugary ones – a sugar addict! But no. I am not partial. And I actually enjoy the healthier ones a tad more. Blame it on my mom buying boxes and boxes of Nutri Grain Cereal. (anyone remember when they made that cereal in the 80’s?).


Going gluten free a few years ago, has helped me curb the cereal obsession though! There are just not as many cereals that are gluten free…but where there is a will there is a way. I am happy to say that my huge cereal container is always mixed with a few gluten free varieties for snacking!
Breakfast Reigns in this House
Since I have already declared what is my favorite breakfast food, what are some other options that exist for vegans?
You could have:
And in my house, breakfast usually happens twice. I told you I love breakfast! So my normal routine is Vega One Fruit and Veggie Smoothie for actual breakfast BUT then some type of gluten free oats or warm cereal for lunchtime. (brunch!)


Healthy Benefits of Gluten Free Buckwheat

So don’t be fooled by the word wheat in buckwheat! It contains no wheat. In fact, it’s not even a grain. So for those trying to avoid grains, here is another option!

Buckwheat is full of fiber which is great for those looking for a breakfast that will keep them full until lunch. It also is chock full of good nutrients such as:
  • manganese
  • magnesium & copper
  • B vitamins: B6, pantothenic acid, niacin, folate, thiamin and choline
But just don’t take my word for it – read all about Buckwheat health benefits from Dr. Axe.
Some Notes about This Crockpot Breakfast Recipe
So there are two types of buckwheat – groats and creamy buckwheat hot cereal. For this recipe, I used groats.
Because buckwheat groats are a seed, I soaked them first due to a seed digestion sensitivity I have.
You may not have to do that if you do not have a seed sensitivity!
Also, I set my crockpot on high for 5 hours. And stirred it at 3 hours, then again at 4 hours.
You could alternately set your crockpot on low. This would take about 7 + hours. Perfect if you want to wake up to a hot breakfast that makes your house smell amazing!
Another note, I have tried Buckwheat Groats in my instapot. They did not turn out like a porridge consistency. I would not advise using your instapot.
How Do I Store My Leftover Buckwheat Porridge? 
This stores well in the refrigerator for a few days. This also freezes well! I like to freeze in small portions to reheat for quick breakfasts. Just thaw, reheat, add some additional plant based milk to increase creaminess and enjoy! 
Well, let’s get making some Creamy Apple Cinnamon Buckwheat Porridge!
If you make this creamy apple cinnamon buckwheat porridge breakfast dish, tag @badtothebowl on social media we would love to see! 


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Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Creamy Buckwheat Porridge (Vegan + Gluten Free)


  •   1 1/2 cups Buckwheat Groats*
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla plant based milk
  • 3 apples, cored and chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon**
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  • Place all ingredients in prepared slow cooker. You will want to lightly spray your crockpot with cooking spray, as this will prevent sticking to the crockpot.
  • Stir.
  • Cook on high 4 – 5 hours or low 7 + hours.
  • Enjoy! I like to top mine with a dollop of vanilla soy yogurt, raisins, toasted coconut and nuts.


    *recipe adapted from Science of Natural Health
  • *I like to soak my groats overnight since they are a seed and can cause digestion issues for some – you may not have to do that if you do not have a sensitivity
  • **you could omit the 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and use 3 teaspoons of cinnamon

    1. This looks so good and nutritious! I can’t wait to try this someday. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    2. What size slow cooker should be used for this recipe?

    3. Elizabeth

      Thanks, it’s just turning cold here and I am finding I miss that bowl of hot porridge since I went gluten free, we shall see how buckwheat measures up.x

    4. Hi, thanks for the recipe. When you say don’t use the instapot do you mean don’t pressure cook in the instapot? I have a slow cooker option with the instapot which I would assume would be ok? Thanks Emma

    5. Thanks for the recipe! I found that if not eating it fresh, the porridge congealed overnight in the fridge. I tried microwaving it and adding a bit of milk, but the texture still wasn’t great. Do you have any advice about the best way to reheat it? Thanks!

      • Hi, I reheat it that same way, usually adding in dairy free yogurt after heating up and / or mixing it with my oatmeal. Natural congealing will occur due to the nature of porridge.

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