It’s breakfast time so I thought I would start the morning off with a delicious gluten-free, dairy free and more importantly – 100% Paleo porridge!
Before I changed to a Paleo diet, porridge was always my “go to” breakfast of choice. There’s something so comforting about the thick, warm stodginess and it was always a meal I would be happy to get out for bed for in the mornings. However, no matter how little porridge I ate, the milk and oat concoction was toxic to my blood sugar control. Even having oats on their own with just water made no real difference. I would literally end giving myself so much insulin to compensate for the creamy goodness that I may as well have had a four course meal!
Looking back I can see just how badly the grains and the lactose affected me, I would be perma bloated after that small bowl of porridge with a high blood sugar level culminating in me feeling rather irritable and uncomfortable- not what any breakfast should make you feel! So, last week I made it my mission to try to make the perfect Paleo porridge with that same addictive consistency and I think I might have done it!
*Note: there were no animals hurt during the production and reproduction of this delicious porridge, but one very happy, full and satisfied husband.
What you will need (for one hearty bowl):
Handful macadamia nuts
Handful cashew nuts
1/2 tsp grated dried coconut (optional)
3 dried dates (if you feel the need for natural sweetener)
2 tbsp ground almonds
- In to a blender put all your ingredients and blitz for up to 2 minutes until you have a finely ground mixture
- Place in to pan with 1 cup tap water and 1/4 cup natural coconut milk
- Allow to simmer on a low heat until it begins to thicken, keep stirring until at the desired thickness (it will take a while to thicken but if it’s still not thickening enough do add more ground almonds a tsp at a time)
- Add a handful of fresh berries (Think blueberries, goji berries, acai berries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, huckleberries). Cinnamon’s a delicious add in too.
Note: (*if you are not following Paleo then you can add full fat milk or any dairy free substitute)
A little bit about why oats aren’t Paleo: Oats are often contaminated with gluten because they are processed in the same facilities where wheat and other gluten-containing grains are processed. Only certified gluten-free oats are completely free of all traces of gluten. Oats are therefore not a “real food” but a processed edible substance – certainly NOT Paleo.
I know that all this effort for a breakfast might seem a little time-consuming and buying a box of oats from the supermarket so much more convenient but I guarantee that this recipe will make you feel so much better than any bowl of shop bought porridge would. Everything you put in to it is natural, paleo, with good amounts of natural energy and no nasties. If you make a big batch at the start of the week you can keep it in a sealed container and it will last for about 2 weeks.
I will share another delicious breakfast idea with you next week but in the meantime, if you have a favourite Paleo breakfast, I’d love to hear!