Creamy Vegan Polenta with Mushrooms and Spinach

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This Creamy Vegan Polenta with Mushrooms, Spinach and Pine nuts makes an easy gluten-free lunch or dinner that is plant-based, healthy and ready in only 15 minutes.  It’s also perfect as side dish and you can serve it with any vegetables you like.

creamy vegan polenta with mushrooms and spinach - healthy, gluten-free, easy recipe

My perfect simple weeknight meal is usually packed with vegetables and whole foods, that fills me up, and tastes delicious. I really LOVE pasta and risotto, but sometimes it even happens to me that I want to eat something different. Then this easy Creamy Vegan Polenta bowl comes just right! Honestly, I make it so often because it’s such a perfect meal that you can cook anytime with less effort! To make it even simpler, I prefer using finely ground polenta, that takes only 2 minutes to cook.

creamy vegan polenta with mushrooms and spinach - healthy, gluten-free, easy recipe

How to make a creamy dreamy and yummy Vegan Polenta

The first time I’ve made polenta, it was somehow very boring. But after trying some different variations, I fell in love with this delicious dish! It’s so versatile because you can combine it with any veggies and flavors. Anyways, I like it best served with mushrooms, spinach and toasted pine nuts. To make it super creamy I use coconut milk but you can also use any other plant-based milk of choice.

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Vegan Polenta with Mushrooms and Spinach

I am probably the biggest fan of Mushrooms and Spinach. That’s why I love adding these vegetables to any kind of savory meals, such as Gnocchi, Pasta, Risotto, Dumplings, Empanadas and more. I also like to use them as topping for my beloved Avocado Toast or homemade Pizza. I mean, nothing‘s better than loading your meal with veggies that are tasty, flavorful and also healthy, right?

creamy vegan polenta with mushrooms and spinach - healthy, gluten-free, easy recipe -ingredients

This Creamy Vegan Polenta is:

  • Gluten-free
  • Plant-based
  • Dairy-free
  • Easy to make
  • Super creamy
  • Flavorful
  • Absolutely delicious
  • Perfect as main dish or side dish

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Toasted Pine Nuts for an extra tasty flavor (or use options)

Pimp your meal with toasted pine puts! Trust me, they’ll add such an amazing flavor! I totally love their nutty taste and would never omit them. If you’re allergic to nuts, don’t worry. You can use toasted seeds or grains, such as sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, buckwheat etc. instead. Also, toasted gluten-free bread crumbs taste great as topping.

Feel free to choose the ingredients you like. There are so many possibilities and ways how you can serve your Creamy Vegan Polenta. Just be creative!

creamy vegan polenta with mushrooms and spinach - healthy, gluten-free, easy recipe

creamy vegan polenta with mushrooms and spinach - healthy, gluten-free, easy recipe

Creamy Vegan Polenta with Mushrooms and Spinach

This Creamy Vegan Polenta with Mushrooms, Spinach and Pine nuts makes an easy gluten-free lunch or dinner which is plant-based, healthy and ready in only 15 minutes.  It's also perfect as side dish and you can serve it with any vegetables you like.
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Course: Beilage, Hauptgericht, Lunch & Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 serves
Author: Bianca Zapatka

Ingredients

Polenta (Basic Recipe):

  • 1 cup polenta (150 g) (see recipe notes*)
  • 3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk* (200 ml)
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable broth (300 ml)
  • 2-3 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes or vegan parmesan cheese (optional)

Mushroom Spinach Topping:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 7 oz mushrooms (200 g) sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cups spinach roughly chopped
  • salt, black pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp pine nuts (options see text above)

Instructions

Polenta:

  • Bring coconut milk and vegetable broth to a boil in a pot. Stir in polenta by using a whisk.
  • Reduce heat to a low simmer and continue to whisk for 1-2 minutes to avoid lumps.
  • Then cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes (or according packaging instructions*), stirring occasionally. (If the polenta thickens too much you can add additional milk and/or water and stir to thin.)
  • Once the Polenta is creamy and smooth, remove from the stovetop. Add nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan and stir (optional).

Mushroom Spinach Topping:

  • Heat oil in a skillet or pan. Add mushrooms along with onions and fry for about 3 minutes on high heat or until beginning to get golden-brown.
  • Add minced garlic and roast for 30 seconds longer. Then add soy sauce and spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add a splash of fresh lime juice, if you like.
  • Toast pine nuts in a small pan without oil until lightly browned.
  • Serve polenta with mushrooms, spinach and pine nuts.
  • Enjoy! 😊

Notes

  • To make it even simpler and creamier, I prefer using finely ground polenta, that takes only 2 minutes to cook. If using regular yellow corn grits please read the cooking time stated on the package. Otherwise you could also use cornmeal.
  • Instead of coconut milk you can add any plant-based milk. Add 1 tbsp vegan butter, if using low-fat milk.
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creamy vegan polenta with mushrooms and spinach - healthy, gluten-free, easy recipe

66 Comments

  1. Avatar 16. September 2018 / 18:09

    Your creamy polenta looks so yummy! To be honest I never ate polenta before and I am actually looking forward to making this recipe. 😍😍😍

    • Bianca Zapatka 16. September 2018 / 18:15

      Hi Ela,
      So glad that you like the idea!😊
      I hope you‘ll love Polenta as much as I do!
      Have fun trying!
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Żaneta
    16. September 2018 / 19:41

    Actually it was the first time I had polenta and it was so yummy and creamy! I really enjoyed the flavour combination and the addition of roasted pine nuts is just… nuts 😉another great recipe Bianca!

    • Bianca Zapatka 18. September 2018 / 18:50

      Hi Zaneta,
      So glad that you liked the recipe 😊 I‘m so in love with this dish! Just perfect for cozy autumn days.
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

  3. Avatar 18. September 2018 / 14:54

    As a new vegan, l am looking for new foods to try. I never had polenta before. I tried Bianca’s recipe. OMG it was so good. Also very simple and quick to do.

    Merci Bianca!

    • Bianca Zapatka 18. September 2018 / 18:45

      So glad that you liked the recipe!😊
      Thank you for your feedback.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Wendy
    23. September 2018 / 7:41

    Hi Bianca! My 29 year old is Vegetarian, mostly vegan plant based and tagged me for this recipe. My mouth was watering! We made it for my 52nd birthday. My choice for dinner. It was super delicious. The polenta was a nice change. We thought to throw in some sun dried tomatoes and serve over a pasta or rice next time. Will make again for sure!

    • Bianca Zapatka 23. September 2018 / 20:28

      Hi Wendy,
      This sounds super delicious! So glad that you liked the recipe. 😊
      Thank you so much for your comment!
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Boukje
    5. October 2018 / 21:54

    My favourite dish at the moment! So easy, quick and just amanzingly delicious <3 Already ate it twice this week. And I think many polenta dinners will follow… hihi!

    • Bianca Zapatka 5. October 2018 / 22:17

      Hi Boukje,
      So glad that you like this recipe so much! I really love it, too! Make it so often but can’t get enough 😃
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Ashley
    7. October 2018 / 21:43

    Thanks for this recipe! Made a double batch for company and everyone loved it. I was a little short to double the mushrooms and spinach so I roasted some brussels sprouts for some extra veg and it worked out perfect. I never would have thought to make polenta with coconut milk AND broth, totally amazing and creamy!

    • Bianca Zapatka 8. October 2018 / 12:44

      Hi Ashley,
      So happy that you like this polenta recipe!
      Thank you so much! 😊 Extra veggies are always a good choice! Especially when they’re roasted! So yum 😋
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Marie-C
    17. October 2018 / 2:58

    Made this on a chilly Canadian fall night after work. (1) Was SO fast to make (2) Was SO warm and comforting (3) HELLO SO DELICIOUS. So easy with so much flavor I could cry. Had it for lunch the next day and the flavors had developed even more.
    THANKS BIANCA LOVE YOU!

    • Bianca Zapatka 18. October 2018 / 13:07

      Thank you, dear Marie! So glad that you liked it! 😊
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Colleen Mattingly
    22. October 2018 / 13:48

    I love love love this recipe! I’m a new vegan and I’ve been really pleased with the variety of new meals I’m eating that I wouldn’t have tried before. This is so yummy! Thank you for the recipe!

    • Bianca Zapatka 22. October 2018 / 18:38

      So happy that you like my recipes!😊
      Thank you so much.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Alexandra
    22. October 2018 / 21:39

    How amazing 🙂 Easy to make and perfect for diner ! Thank you can’t wait to try your others recipes !

    • Bianca Zapatka 23. October 2018 / 18:19

      Thank you! So glad that you liked it! 😊❤️

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    Kassings
    28. October 2018 / 17:51

    This is a wonderful recipe. I am following an Ayurvedic diet and this was perfect for me and my family. Sooooooo good!!

    • Bianca Zapatka 28. October 2018 / 19:13

      Hi my dear, so happy to hear that you liked it! 😊 Thank you for your feedback ❤️ Lots of love, Bianca

  11. Avatar 3. November 2018 / 21:56

    Oh my god this dish is so tasty! Made the polenta last night and it was so creamy. Really liked the seasoning on the mushrooms too. Didn’t have any lime juice so added some capers and chilli flakes which worked well, and used cauliflower and kale as I was out of spinach – such an adaptable recipe that I’ll definitely be using it again!

    • Bianca Zapatka 5. November 2018 / 12:48

      Thank you, Zoe! I’m absolutely in love with polenta. So glad that you liked this recipe too and that you created your own version. It’s such a versatile recipe 🙂
      Lots of love, Bianca

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    Noelia
    11. November 2018 / 16:35

    Amazing recipe! It was my first time with polenta and it was so easy and perfect for lunch! So creamy and tasty for such a cold day here in Galicia!
    Thank you so much for your work, I’ll try more recipes soon!

    • Bianca Zapatka 13. November 2018 / 12:38

      Thank you so much, my dear Noelia!
      So happy that you liked this recipe! 😊
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Lola
    12. November 2018 / 10:38

    Hi Bianca,
    Can we keep creamy polenta in the fridge ? If yes how can we heat it again ?
    Thank you

    • Bianca Zapatka 13. November 2018 / 12:43

      Hi Lola,
      You can heat up Polenta in the microwave but I recommend to serve Polenta immediately because it gets firm after cooling.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Elli
    16. November 2018 / 21:51

    Very tasty! Love it! 😊

    • Bianca Zapatka 17. November 2018 / 11:48

      So glad that you like them!😊
      Thank you for your lovely comment.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Sondra
    23. November 2018 / 18:24

    I made this for thanksgiving and my family really liked it! I forgot my nutritional yeast so I was a bit bummed about that but it still came out great. I also doubled the recipie and had to add some corn meal in the end to thicken it a bit.

    • Bianca Zapatka 23. November 2018 / 18:40

      Hi Sondra,
      So glad that you liked this recipe and that it was still delicious 😋
      Thank you so much for your kind feedback.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca 😊❤️

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    Julia Maria
    1. December 2018 / 10:04

    Amazing recipe! I added grounded nutmeg & chilli flakes to the polenta and used sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds along the pine nuts. So yummy! Thanks for sharing

    • Bianca Zapatka 1. December 2018 / 16:58

      Hi Julia,
      This sounds so good to me!😊
      So glad that you like the recipe.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Jenna B
    2. January 2019 / 12:37

    I made this creamy polenta and it was a hit!!

    • Bianca Zapatka 3. January 2019 / 13:06

      So glad that you liked it! 😊
      Thank you ❤️

  18. Avatar 4. January 2019 / 21:01

    Delicious and super easy to make. I always love your recipes!

    • Bianca Zapatka 6. January 2019 / 11:02

      So glad that you like my recipes! 😊
      Thank you <3
      Much Love,
      Bianca

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    Chantel
    7. February 2019 / 12:12

    For someone with little cooking experience this recipe was super easy, convenient and sooo tasty!! Will definitely make it again 🙂
    Thanks Bianca.

    • Bianca Zapatka 7. February 2019 / 17:35

      So glad that you liked this recipe! 😊
      Thank you so much! ❤️

  20. Avatar 13. February 2019 / 11:53

    I made this recipe yesterday and I loved it! I’m not a vegan but I’m in love with this dish! The mushrooms were really tasty and the polenta really creamy! It’s a recipe that I will come back to! Thank you for sharing! **

    • Bianca Zapatka 14. February 2019 / 19:50

      So glad that you liked it! Thank you so much!:)
      Lots of love,
      Bianca <3

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    Kyisha
    14. February 2019 / 13:12

    I made this recipe yesterday and we liked it. Might try a different type of milk (I don’t care so much for coconut).
    But the creaminess of the polenta was great 😊 Next time I might also add some different spices to the polenta and more veggies. Definitely try it out.

    • Bianca Zapatka 14. February 2019 / 19:46

      So glad that you liked it! Thank you so much!:)
      You can use any milk and veggies to your wish.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca <3

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    Alina
    19. February 2019 / 21:19

    Such a quick, easy and tasty meal. The polenta is real soulfood. Thank you for the recipe. Love it!

    • Bianca Zapatka 20. February 2019 / 19:47

      So glad that you liked it! 🙂
      Lots of love,
      Bianca <3

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    Sonja
    23. February 2019 / 21:16

    Great recipe! Can’t wait to try out more of Bianca’s!

    • Bianca Zapatka 24. February 2019 / 20:20

      So glad that you liked this recipe! Have fun trying more <3
      Lots of love,
      Bianca 🙂

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    Andreea Giurca
    24. February 2019 / 18:32

    This is art…not food…I am in love with your receipes😍😍😍

    • Bianca Zapatka 24. February 2019 / 20:17

      Awww thank you so much. So happy about that <3

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    Marissa
    14. March 2019 / 21:58

    I’ve only ever seen polenta in the cold vegan/vegetarian section at my grocery store. It comes in a tube of about 16 oz. i believe it is usually sliced and fried to make polenta cakes. Is this the same polenta you used in your recipe?

    • Bianca Zapatka 16. March 2019 / 20:20

      Hi Marissa,
      honestly, I don’t know what you mean exactly. Polenta is coarse corn flour. It’s like fine corn grits.

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    Manon
    20. March 2019 / 23:37

    Such a good recipe !!

    • Bianca Zapatka 21. March 2019 / 19:34

      So glad that you liked it. Thank you so much 🙂

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    Rocky
    27. March 2019 / 18:29

    This is one of if not my all time favourite vegan recipe right now! It’s so good with multiple layers of flavours. It’s amazing!!!

    • Bianca Zapatka 27. March 2019 / 19:47

      I love this polenta so much! So glad that you like it too 🙂 Thank you!

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    Laura
    28. March 2019 / 1:34

    We tried this recipe tonight and everyone loved it! I don’t think I’ve ever had polenta before, but I really enjoyed it. It was tasty and filling- and the mushroom/spinach topping was SO GOOD! Thanks for another great recipe Bianca!

    • Bianca Zapatka 28. March 2019 / 20:18

      So happy to hear that you like polenta too! 🙂 I mean, it’s so easy to make and SO delicious, right? Thank you for your comment! <3

  29. Avatar 29. March 2019 / 17:41

    Made this and this is definetly not the last time ,loveeee it!! Great recipes Bianca 👍👍👍

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    Lynelle
    30. March 2019 / 17:46

    This recipe was absolutely delicious! It was simple to make without tasting simple and my whole family loved it! I would definitely make this again and use this as a guide in the future.

    • Bianca Zapatka 30. March 2019 / 20:07

      So glad that you liked this simple dish! 🙂 Thank you, and happy weekend! <3

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    Nika
    13. April 2019 / 16:52

    So easy and delicious 😍😄

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    Kimberly Rizzo
    14. April 2019 / 22:09

    Soooo good! I used almond milk was just fine. Perfect balance, lime is necessary. Pine nuts give it texture. Loved it!

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    Yasmine
    24. April 2019 / 1:11

    Just made this recipe – so simple and sooo good! I added one clove of garlic to the topping because we love it. Thank you!

    • Bianca Zapatka 24. April 2019 / 19:39

      So happy that you liked it! 🙂 And I love garlic too 😀 Thank you! <3

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