Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits

The Best Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits RecipeCheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits, so rich and delicious you won’t believe they are dairy free and free of empty calories!

Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits Recipe
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A creamy nutritious version of a favorite southern comfort food, our Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits recipe, has a lot to offer.

You don’t have to be southern to enjoy this savory delicious recipe!

If you love the creamy warm comfort of cheesy grits you will certainly want to give Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits a try. It may even become one of your favorites.

Healthy Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits Recipe

Quinoa is actually a seed; therefore, it is packed with nutrients.

This tiny seed offers a big boost of healthy goodness including:  a complete protein, plenty of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It is versatile and readily available.

Making Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits Recipe

Both cheese and corn in traditional cheesy grits can be hard for some people to digest. That won’t be an issue with Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits.

I like to season things up a bit with some aromatics. A scallion and garlic are just the ingredients for the job. Sautéed in coconut oil, they blend beautifully with the nuttiness of the quinoa.

How To: Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits Recipe

The cheesy creaminess of this dish is attributed to non-dairy milk and cheese that are both plant-based.

I used cheddar flavored vegan cheese that melts beautifully and offers a rich golden hue, as well as silky coconut milk. Almond milk or any non-dairy milk will work as well.

Easy Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits Recipe

Quinoa is often prepared in the same way you would prepare rice at a 2:1 ratio of liquid to grain. In our recipe we increase the liquid to quinoa ratio to 4:1 thus creating a softer, creamier texture.

Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits are a quick and easy breakfast or side dish to a meal. You can pretty much enjoy them anytime you get a craving for a hot creamy comfort food. A bowl of Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits will certainly satisfy.

Best Healthy Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits Recipe

Beautifully golden and delicious, what else can I say?

Garnish with snipped chives and savor the goodness.

April Scharpf

Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits Recipe
4 from 1 vote

Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits Recipe - Get the taste and feel of classic southern cheesy grits, without the dairy and empty calories!
Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 308 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 586mg 24%
Potassium 298mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 4%
Iron 12.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 14 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 8 ounces shredded vegan cheddar cheese


  1. Set a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the shallot and garlic in oil until tender, 3-5 minutes.

  2. Add the water, half the coconut milk, quinoa, salt and pepper. Cover with a lid, and bring to a boil. Then turn temperature down and simmer for 15-20 minutes until most of liquid is absorbed.

  3. Stir in the rest of the coconut milk, nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper, and shredded vegan cheese. Simmer covered for 3-5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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4 comments on “Cheesy Vegan Quinoa Grits

  1. loriposted January 26, 2018 at 9:04 am Reply

    Making tonight with ribs :) I know you said almond milk can be used…do you use the canned coconut milk or the one that’s used as the milk substitute?  I would prefer almond milk, but don’t want to lose creaminess if that’s what the coconut milk in intended to do!

    • April Scharpfposted February 19, 2018 at 10:37 pm Reply

      I used the canned coconut milk for the creaminess. Almond milk or the coconut milk for drinking will work as well. You may need to cook it a little longer to obtain a thicker consistency or just use a little less.

  2. jigsaw puzzlesposted January 24, 2018 at 3:19 am Reply

    I am totally in love with chessy vegan quinoa

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