Have you heard of the benefits of a grain-free diet and decided to try it? Perhaps you’ve had digestive difficulties or are looking to lower your blood sugar. Or, maybe you’ve gone paleo and decided to give a grain-free diet a try. Whatever the case, one issue that seems to be the hardest for people who have given up grains is breakfast.
Cereal, grits, waffles, pancakes, and what about oatmeal!? I gave up cereal and refined grains 10 years ago, but I always missed oatmeal so much. Most people take this humble grain for granted. Yet it was all I could think about when I chose to eat grain-free to help with digestive issues I’ve had since I was a child. Thankfully I found a solution that worked well enough, and one I love sharing with people.
If you’re looking for a creamy replacement to oatmeal, you have to give my grain-free and nut-free coconut porridge a try. It will win you over in no time, guaranteed!
I chose to eat a grain-free diet to take care of some gut inflammation and to steady out my blood sugar. It worked well, and although I now tolerate gluten-free oats on occasion, I choose to have this porridge I’m sharing with you more often than oatmeal. I love it so much, since it steadies my blood sugar much better. I love low-carb smoothies for breakfast, but I missed my bowl of oats, and this did the trick while also killing the cravings for a warm bowl of morning goodness.
One product I love to use in place of grains is coconut flour. I use it in everything because it thickens, satisfies, is full of fiber, and doesn’t irritate my system like almond flour and nuts tend to do. So, I decided to make a grain-free porridge with coconut flour!
Benefits of coconut flour
- 6 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons
- 1.5 grams of fat per 2 tablespoons
- 7 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoons
- 60 calories per 2 tablespoons
- No sugar
- High in amino acids and enzymes (when bought raw and organic)
- Nut, grain, and dairy-free
- Naturally sweet, cake-like taste
- Great for candida
- Enhances regularity
- Enhances fullness and satiety
- May boost metabolism
- Mixes well
- Can be eaten raw or cooked
I use a mix of coconut flour and some other beneficial ingredients to make my own porridge. I also add in a few other fiber-rich superfoods known for their anti-inflammatory benefits.
My other ingredients of choice are…
- Chia seeds (high in omega-3s, magnesium, iron, fiber and potassium; great for digestion and anti-inflammatory)
- Flax seeds (high in ALA omega-3 fats, monounsaturated fats, and fiber; help with digestion and anti-inflammatory)
- Unsweetened coconut shreds (healthy fats, fiber, and flavor with no sugar)
- Unsweetened coconut yogurt (or you can use plain Greek yogurt, for creaminess, probiotics and digestive benefits)
- Cinnamon (antifungal, digestive aid, and blood sugar benefits)
- Ginger (antifungal, digestive aid, and anti-inflammatory benefits)
- Cardamom (carminative, digestive aid, mood booster, sweet taste with no sugar)
- Cloves (healing, anti-inflammatory, warm and cozy flavor)
- Unsweetened almond milk (homemade, or choose organic, carrageenan-free and unsweetened)
- Fresh vanilla bean grounds (for flavor, magnesium, and potassium)
I hope you enjoy the following recipe. It creates one powerful meal that you can enjoy hot, chilled, or soaked overnight. It takes all of five minutes to make, and is so easy!
You can also make the porridge up to 2 days ahead of time if you like, but you will need to add a little liquid before eating since it thickens the longer it sits.
I love this with organic, low-acid coffee with stevia, almond milk and a little cacao powder as a warm mocha. It’s a delightful way to start the day and is packed with so much nutrition, especially for your digestive system.
You could also use these ingredients for baking, or use them in a smoothie and other easy, fun and healthy recipes, so feel free to experiment. Have you ever had a grain-free porridge? What are some of your favorite ingredients?
Heather McClees is a professional health journalist and Certified Holistic Nutritionist from South Carolina.She received her B.S. Degree in Nutrition Science and Dietetics, and is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of of holistic health, showing others how to create healthy recipes based on their favorite foods, physical fitness and yoga, and creative writing.