When I was growing up, I loved eating a bowl full of oatmeal for breakfast. My favorite kinds were the instant oatmeal with dinosaur eggs that hatched under hot water, or colorful shapes that would become clearer as the bowl warmed up. As an adult, I find myself wondering what on earth I was ingesting along with those dinosaur eggs…
I’ve been focusing on finding breakfast recipes that are fast, easy, and incredibly nourishing, so I don’t have to wonder about the effects of eating dye and processed ingredients. A quick snapshot of my new favorite cool weather breakfast still looks pretty similar to traditional oatmeal:
A bowl of this coconut porridge is a belly-warming breakfast that will fill you up and leave you ready for a great day. Whether you’re gluten-free, diary-free, Paleo, vegan, or none of the above, a quick porridge is a simple and delightful meal. Top the porridge with whatever combination of nuts, fruits, and nut- or seed-butter you desire for a breakfast that feels like a special treat. A huge thank you to The Wholesome Home for putting this recipe on my radar.
Coconut Porridge – Serves 1
Prep & cook time: about six minutes
2/3 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons almond flour or meal
1 tablespoon golden flaxseed meal
1 tablespoon honey (agave or maple syrup for vegan)
a pinch of salt
optional: raspberries, almonds, sunbutter + raisins for a “peanut butter” porridge, chopped walnuts, or any other toppings you like
In a small sauce pan over medium heat, heat milk until warm. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens to the texture of oatmeal or porridge. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl, and allow to cool for a minute or two before eating.
Note: I know not everyone just happens to have flaxseed meal or shredded coconut in the pantry. I recommend checking out the Whole Foods bulk aisle for these ingredients- they are way cheaper than you’d expect, and you can buy the exact quantity you want (whether you’re trying this recipe once or making it every morning)!