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Breakfast Polenta

Tired of Oatmeal?

Yes, the question is ridiculous. How could anyone tire of oatmeal, with its infinite flavor possibilities?

For endless oatmeal inspiration, see: My Oatmeal Recipes.

polenta for breakfast

Sometimes, however,  it’s good to have variety. And it’s always good to have polenta!

Brekkie Polenta
(Serves 1)

  • 1/3 cup dry cornmeal (40g) (I use whole-grain)
  • 1 cup water or milk of choice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Optional: 1 tbsp coconut oil, cashew butter, or vegan butter
  • Optional: 2 tbsp creamer (such as Silk), or more if desired
  • sweetener (stevia, sugar, maple syrup, etc.) to taste

Measure your polenta, salt, and liquid into a small pot. Bring to a boil, then turn to “low” and stir occasionally until it reaches the desired consistency. (About 5-ish minutes) I like to do this the night before, so breakfast comes together more quickly in the morning, but it’s not required. Right before eating, add all the desired optional ingredients and re-heat (or eat cold, if you’re crazy like me!).

For a savory version, see: Creamy Polenta for One.


If, after breakfast, you still crave polenta, you can always re-visit the grain for lunch or dinner:


Vegan Polenta Casserole


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Published on April 15, 2011

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  1. krickit6 says

    Breakfast 5 times a day?! Sign me up!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    BTW: Yesterday’s post definitely was not show-offy; it was awesome! We’re all happy for you!! …and happy for everyone who has discovered the deliciousness of your recipes! 🙂

  2. Flurina says

    I mostly have the same breakfast consisting of a cup of chocolatemilk (sorry, not yet a vegan but a vegitarien) with a large banana. 🙂

    Somehow I’m afraid of trying out new things, but the Brekkie Polenta I definately want to try out, and that with non-dairy milk. 😀

  3. McKella says

    I’ve been liking green smoothies for breakfast lately, my other standbys are oatmeal with a mashed banana, pb and cocoa powder or eggs and toast.

  4. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    i was totally thinking about how polenta would be a great breakki the other day! but i was too afraid to try it.. hehe.. i seriously LOVE oats— like LOVE! i eat them everyday unless ive got an early workout.. then i cnt cuz they sit too heavy in my tum tum!.. polenta is SO good though! ive only ever had it once- crazy, i know!

  5. Misadventures of Fat-free Baking says

    I have multiple breakfasts a day! (instead of regular meals– not very healthy I know) but usually the same old thing for my first breakfast- Bread! Never get tired of it!

    Katie, do you eat yeasted bread? (not a busybody comment just curious because I love it and I love your website too)

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hmmm… I’m not sure! Is yeasted bread just bread that’s made with yeast? If so, yes I do! My mom makes an awesome homemade bread. Oh, and I’ve been wanting to make cinnamon rolls (with yeast) for a while, now!

  6. Jennifer JCD says

    That looks great!! I’ve always wondered what breakfast polenta was, and you’ve answered that question in the most delicious way possible. We’ll be trying this tonight for snack because I simply cannot wait until tomorrow morning!

    We try to vary our breakfasts. Today we had toast with guacamole. Lots of good fats to keep us fueled for the day. Other days we have cold cereal (with more sliced fruit in the bowl than cereal), smoothies, oatmeal, and at the weekends we make pancakes, waffles, soups, and other delicious things. Yummy. Breakfast is my favourite meal!

  7. Amanda says

    This looks and sounds really delicious! I usually rotate between oats, smoothies, and breakfast cookies during the week and then Sundays are always waffle Sundays! 🙂

  8. Gen says

    I go on breakfast kicks….this week its your crepe cakes, sometimes its oatmeal, sometimes its grits, sometimes I’ll eat breakfast sammies w/ honey and cinnamon, really I’ll eat one thing until I get sick of it, and then find something else…hahahaha

  9. Katherine (Raw Mom Hot Dog Kids) says

    You should not feel like a braggart at all! I adore your posts and you should feel proud of your accomplishments!

  10. Veronica says

    Yes, I have had the exact same regret after publishing blogs and sometimes I will go back and change the wording so it doesn’t sound too braggy. Other times I allow myself to toot my own horn. But I really didn’t take what you said as a brag since you were genuinely happy and surprised by the number of “likers” you have. 🙂 I’ve always liked the sound of breakfast polenta, thanks for reminding me of this concept! It’s really something I would like to try. I do tend to stick with one thing for breakfast or go back and forth between a few. Usually it’s eggs (from chickens raised humanely by personal friends that we go to Church with) and toast, cereal, or fruit and yogurt.

  11. The Red Velvet Wife says

    I love polenta! Alas, I just can’t get tired of oatmeal…just enjoyed a nice bowl of whipped banana oats, yummers. For what it’s worth, I don’t think you were bragging at all — I think women are often shamed into thinking that they can’t own their success because other women might criticize them. And some will, but only out of jealousy. I think you’re awesome and I love that you own your success — sets a great example! xo

  12. Jennifer says

    I am a massive creature of habit, I will usually eat the same thing every day (breakfast and/or lunch) until I just can’t fathom it any longer. And fortunately for me, that usually takes a long time. But, that being said, I can hardly wait to try the brekkie polenta. I might even try it for supper tonight 🙂

  13. [email protected] of Sugar Free says

    I never eat the same breakfast twice in a week!!!! For example, yesterday I had some bitter chocolate cakes with coconut butter 🙂 and today I had some quinoa flakes! It was my first time trying them and I must say, I am not a big fan 🙁 They just don’t have a great flavor! And when I tried to put raisons, cinnamon, and nuts in, it was just….well….weird 🙁 Oh well! I’ll have another great breakfast tomorrow!

  14. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    I’ve been changing up my breakfast lately — usually I make smoothies but I’ve been having oatmeal more and more, and also eggs/toast or PB/banana toast, etc. Nothing too groundbreaking but it is nice to mix it up!

  15. Faith @ lovelyascharged says

    My blog definitely pushes me to get outside of any rut that I’m getting into – I couldn’t get away with posting pb oats every morning…nor would I want to!

  16. Catherine @ Running Beginners says

    It depends on what I feel like at the time. I do tend to find something I really like and stick with it for a few days though – for instance I’ve had cookie dough oatmeal 4 times this week lol. I try to mix it up a little though so I’m getting some different stuff in and a variety of nutrients. But I have been known to eat breakkie for lunch, or dinner or even dessert if I feel like it 🙂

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