If you’re trying a grain-free diet like Paleo, SCD, or a Whole30, breakfast often feels like the most affected meal.
Consider average breakfast fare, especially the quicker/easier options:
- cereal or homemade granola
- quick breads and muffins
There are good grain-free granola options, but on a Whole30 even those are usually out because of sweeteners – and most bacon is too! So you end up with eggs. Followed by eggs. With eggs the next day cooked slightly differently. Then a banana. Then more eggs.
This recipe has been a lifesaver for those times when we choose to eat grain-free, and it’s also become one of our baby’s favorite breakfasts. Observe:
Oh yes, my friend, we’re suffering from “my own bowl” syndrome over here. And there’s no time for baths after every meal, so we get a lot of crunchy hair after our best attempts at cleaning him up. Mmmmm…save a little in your ear for later, little buddy.
And now, the recipe! This baby is so versatile, you can truly skip or adjust amounts on pretty much every single ingredient, which rocks. It’s a great one to assign to kids (as long as they don’t measure teaspoons of salt like tablespoons – which happened this weekend on some pancakes! Caught in time, luckily, and we just had to quadruple the batch to compensate…).
I decided to let it out of The Healthy Breakfast Book this morning! I’m a big fan of getting some veggies in breakfast, though, so we always default to this one. I bake up and puree lots of butternut squash in the fall so I have a stash in the freezer until about May, depending on how often we make this recipe and these easy, low-carb pumpkin pancakes.
Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie Breakfast PorridgePrint
Grain-free living usually excludes porridge, which is sad. This recipe will make you happy. And full. And it smells good. Add extra spices if you’re that kind of person!
- 2 c. pumpkin, sweet potato, or winter squash of any kind, pureed
- 1 c. whole milk or coconut milk
- 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 2 Tbs. maple syrup (optional)
- 2 Tbs. butter or coconut oil (optional)
- 1/4 tsp.
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. cloves
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 c. + 1-2 Tbs. packed coconut flour (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!)
- pecans and
- maple syrup
- shredded coconut
- Whisk everything except the coconut flour together in a medium pot.
- Heat over low to medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
- As the porridge warms up, add a quarter cup coconut flour and stir it in; continue to heat a few minutes, stirring often, and evaluate the texture.
- If you would like the porridge thicker, add coconut flour ½ tablespoon at a time until you like the consistency.
- Serve warm with raisins, chopped pecans and/or walnuts, an optional pat of butter on each bowl, optional milk, and optional extra syrup for pure decadence.
- Store leftovers in the fridge up to 5 days. Heat or serve cold as desired.
* This recipe serves 4, but we always double it for our family. If it’s the only thing you’re serving for breakfast, it really only serves 2 hungry people.
* For a Whole30, omit the vanilla extract and maple syrup and use the dairy-free milk and fat options.
* Just about every ingredient can be optional on the list, except maybe the orange veggie and the milk, and there’s even some leeway there. If you don’t have one thing or another, don’t sweat it.
* Add 2 eggs for extra protein.
* If it seems bland, add salt, just a little at a time. You can also increase the spices, but tread lightly.
* Spice variations: Try 1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon only, or any pumpkiny blend you’d like to try.
* Sub for coconut flour: you can just use shredded coconut, run through a dedicated coffee grinder like some people have for milling flax seeds, or whizzed up with a high-powered blender.
* Inspired by Sweet Basil and Spice.
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And now to fix the messy problem. The recipe is so great for babies and toddlers, but once they want to “do it myself” it gets a little crazy. The porridge is definitely thick enough for little ones TO feed themselves – but how thick is your patience?
If you’d rather spend an extra minute doing dishes than an extra few minutes cleaning up a writhing, screaming baby – because we all know getting one’s face washed is the biggest disaster ever to hit a one-year-old’s life – might I recommend this?
The grain-free porridge goes great in a Squooshi, our favorite reusable food pouch, and you could mix it with a little yogurt to get probiotics in or thin it out.
Happy baby, happy mama:
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