Friday, 12 February 2016

Marks & Spencer Gluten Free Rice Porridge Review

marks and spencer gluten free  rice porridge Like many of the major supermarkets, Marks & Spencer now have their own range of products aimed at those with particular intolerances, such as gluten free. Whether this trend for gluten free foods is here to stay remains to be seen. But for now, we're spoilt for choice.

One product in the M&S ‘Made Without’ Wheat range is Gluten Free Rice Porridge. It's described as ‘a blend of brown rice flakes and ground maize’. Boxes contain 8 sachets, each worth 137 calories.

While I’m not personally intolerant to wheat, it’s interesting to see what different brands are coming up with. I love porridge – the traditional sort made with oats. But I couldn’t help being intrigued by this new variety of porridge based on rice. Would it taste like rice pudding?

marks and spencer gluten free  rice porridge

Looking at the ingredients and label, it all looks super healthy. For a start, there are just two ingredients which is always a good sign. The fewer ingredients, the better. It gets a green traffic light across the board: low sugar, salt, fat and saturated fat and of course, gluten free.
marks and spencer rice porridge packets

You can make the porridge the way you prefer – in a saucepan on the hob or in a microwave. Just empty the flakes (which look like flaked rice) into a bowl, add water/milk etc. and cook for 2 minutes.

I've tried cooking it both ways using coconut milk and water. At first it seems like there's far too much milk for the amount of flakes. And even when it’s done its time in the saucepan/microwave, it was still quite liquidy.

marks and spencer gluten free  rice porridge
M&S Gluten Free Rice Porridge Uncooked
However, after leaving it for about 5 minutes, my first version was nearly solid and needed to be watered down. So it’s quite deceptive. This stuff really thickens up so it take a little experimenting to get the consistency you like.

It smells like rice pudding but the texture does differ as you don’t get those little chewy bits of rice. I added some sweetener in the form of Stevia which improved the taste (only because I have a sweet tooth). It’s quite soft and light, not really like oat porridge and not like rice pudding. It did however, remind me of some baby food I used to make for my kids when they were little!

marks and spencer gluten free  rice porridge
M&S Gluten Free Rice Porridge Cooked
Overall, I can’t say I was overwhelmed with excitement by this porridge and will be returning to my regular oat porridge. However, it’s all a matter of personal taste. My daughter absolutely loved it, so she’ll be finishing of the box!

Available in Marks and Spencer Food Halls.

Part of the Eat Well range at M&S.

Nutritional Information per sachet (40g): 137 calories (with water), 0.6g fat, 0.1g saturates, 29.2g carbohydrates, 0.2g sugars, 1.4g fibre, 2.8g protein, 0.03g salt.

Ingredients: Brown rice flakes (65%), maize grits (35%).

Suitable for vegetarians.

Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods.

Similar Reviews and Posts:

Calories and Sugar in Instant Porridge Pots - Read Post
12 Low Sugar Breakfast Cereals - Read Post
The Chia Co. Oats & Porridge Review - Read Post
Planet Organic Gluten Free Sprouted Oats Review - Read Post

© Diets and Calories


  1. This caught my eye particularly because I am currently trying to get through the rest of the box of these!! I've not been impressed so far and still have half to go (unfortunately I don't have anyone who likes them who can do it for me!) I'm still experimenting trying them various ways in a bid to like them some how! Tomorrow I will try hob cooking in case that makes a difference but I don't think I shall be buying again ;-)

  2. Do you think you can do overnight oats with these rice flakes?

    1. To be honest, I'm not sure. I think the flakes would probably need to be heated to soften up though. I haven't been able to find a box of Rice Porridge for ages! My daughter keeps asking about it.

  3. Can you tell me why you've stopped making gluten free rice porridge I loved it and am disappointed I can't seem to get it now



© 2011-2020 Diets and Calories. All Rights Reserved

Creative Commons Licence
Food photos are licensed (unless otherwise stated) under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


Email: caroline(at)


Total Pageviews

Back to TOP