Paleo Protein Porridge {Grain Free, Dairy Free}

This paleo protein porridge is a quick and easy breakfast to keep you fueled all day long. It's grain free, dairy free and full of superfoods to maximize your energy.

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I've started tinkering with a paleo diet. The paleo diet isn't that much different than how I currently eat - gluten free, dairy free and free from refined sugar. Paleo take two extra steps by omitting all grains and legumes. The paleo diet is based on what our ancestors could eat and forage in prehistoric times, so think meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. Those are all in my wheelhouse already, so I just needed to figure out what to eat for breakfast with the removal of all grains. I do like something warm in the morning, but also need something hearty, so that brings us to today's paleo protein porridge recipe.

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I always liked the ease of my apple cinnamon overnight oats, and I also liked the warmth of my morning millet porridge. So I played off these two breakfast recipes, but removed the grains for this paleo porridge.

Flax and hemp seeds are both nutrition powerhouses. Flax has great fill-you-up fiber, both soluble and insoluble fiber. It supports the intestinal tract with it's slow release, improving digestion, detoxification and nutrient absorption. Hemp and flax both have a good balance of omega 3's and 6's. And hemp seeds are a complete, plant based protein source, chock full of all or your essential amino acids.

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So not only is this super healthy, but flax is also a great absorber and thickener, so it gives you an oatmeal-like texture, with no oats! I use flax egg substitutes all of the time. It works similarly in this paleo porridge.

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You always want to make sure to use ground flax since you can't get any of the great benefits of flax in its whole seed form. You can buy flaxmeal pre-ground, but if you do, make sure to use it quickly as it can turn quickly. Or buy flax in its seed form and then use a coffee grinder to grind it yourself. (You can click on the links to see the brands I like.)

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You can customize this paleo protein porridge with your favorite fruit, nuts and spices. I'm a big blueberry fan. They're high in antioxidants and fiber, but low on the glycemic index. They also taste great. I like to add them to the pot at the end of cooking, and take a spoon and squish them on the side of the pan, so they open up and lend natural sweetness. If you have a bigger sweet tooth, you can add honey or maple syrup.

Paleo Protein Porridge {Grain Free, Dairy Free}

Makes 3 - 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups non dairy milk (coconut, almond, hemp)
  • 1 vanilla pod, split open with seeds scraped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup freshly ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Optional: top with blueberries, walnuts, honey, maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Place your non-dairy milk and the contents of the vanilla pod in a small pot and warm. Once you reach a gentle simmer, add the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom and stir. After it's combined, add the hemp, flax and coconut and allow to cook through over low heat. It will thicken over 10 minutes. It will thicken even more once cooled so if you refrigerate the leftovers, warm in a pot with additional liquid when you're ready to eat again. Add any preferred toppings you'd like. I like throwing in blueberries and smashing them against the side to release its natural sweetness in the pot. You can also top with your favorite nut and/or sweetener.

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