I came across this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt recently.
A lot of meaning can be drawn from this particular statement. But in the context of health, it reminded me how we often take our wellness for granted. In our youth we may treat our bodies in a way that is less than ideal because we can get away with it. Eventually, the signs of abuse and/or neglect start to take their toll. When we start eating better, exercising, taking time to pray and/or meditate we may have the best of intentions but still struggle to stick with our new resolutions. Let’s take heart that the things we are doing now to take better care of ourselves, mind, body and soul will eventually pay off. We are investing in a future of better health and wellness. We are creating works of art.
Paleo Breakfast Porridge
Two years ago our family started down the path of creating a better, more healthful future for ourselves. As part of that, we began transitioning* to a grain-free diet. This paleo breakfast porridge recipe really helped us out during that time. Most people have never considered the possibility of a grain-free “cereal” and before going paleo we had not either. Our first “paleo porridge” was in a simpler form – just bananas (or plantains), coconut milk, almond meal and flax meal. It was born out of desperation – the desperation to make something that remotely resembled oatmeal or other types of hot cereal to replace what we were losing.
Since those early days, our paleo porridge has turned into a more complex dish. We began adding spices and all different types of toppings to the porridge. We always eat it as a side dish with a source of protein like sausage or eggs. It’s great with added berries, unsweetened coconut flakes and nuts. The sweetness will vary depending on the ripeness of the bananas you are using. We don’t typically add any additional sweetener but you have the option of drizzling a little maple syrup or raw honey on the porridge before serving if you like.
This paleo breakfast porridge recipe is easy and serves anywhere from 2-4 persons.
Paleo Breakfast Porridge Recipe
- 2 ripe bananas (or one large, very ripe, plantain), mashed
- 2 cups coconut milk (or 1 can plus extra water)
- 3/4 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- maple syrup or raw honey (optional)
- toppings like berries, unsweetened coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, etc… (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and heat to a slow simmer, stirring, until thick and bubbly.
The consistency will vary depending on the type of coconut milk you use. (I usually use “light” coconut milk) The mixture will seem thin at first but thicken up quickly. It will continue to thicken after it is served so you may need to add extra water or coconut milk.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for paleo breakfast porridge. For more paleo breakfast recipes and ideas check here.
* Rather than relying on cereal substitutes on a longer-term basis, it is best to use this as a more transitional recipe. It is meant to help you make the move to less reliance on cereals and provides some often needed variety.
Leave us a comment and let us know what other types of grain-free hot cereal alternatives you have tried and how well you liked them. Thanks!
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