Warming Grain-Free Breakfast Porridge

by laury on September 11, 2012 · 22 comments

It was very interesting to read some of  your comments yesterday about your experiences with diet changes and how they effect you. It is a puzzle, friends. One very interesting puzzle that is ever changing.

Today I wanted to share with you a spin-off of the porridge recipe I have been giving Ella. Usually she gets this with quinoa flakes or gluten-free oatmeal mixed in but I thought it would be fun to make a grain-free porridge/oatmeal. (Goldilocks and the 3 little bears is one of my favorite stories to tell Ella/the only story I really know properly so I named her breakfast “Ella’s Porridge” for my baby and tot clean eating book!)


Fall is in the air. I have been drinking smoothies for breakfast for about 10 weeks now. This morning I woke up early, Mike and Ella were still asleep and there was a nip in the air. I grabbed my sweater, wrapped it around me and decided to make something warming for breakfast. I’ve decided to not be completely grain-free, but I am going to stick with a low-grain diet because I am feeling really good on it. It is fun coming up with new interesting recipes as well!

I actually don’t really believe in drinking cold smoothies in cool weather. In the fall I will do it because the temperatures stay high at times, but in the winter, not so much. Especially first thing in the morning after getting out of my cozy bed. I believe, to get full nourishment from your foods, if you live somewhere with seasons, you need to eat with those seasons. Cooling raw salads, veggies, fresh fruits and icy smoothies in the summer, and roasted warming veggies and soups in the winter. This is the best way to keep your body nice and balanced with the seasons.

The temperatures dropped to 40 degrees last night and we slept with the windows open. I tip toed into the kitchen and filled up my French press as I put together some Mommy porridge to help warm me up for the day!



Remember last week when I said Ella was refusing to sleep…well she got two molars! Sleeping has gotten better. No more finally going in her crib at 9:45 and waking up every 20 minutes wailing. Poor thing. This teething thing is for the birds.

She’s back to her crazy self. The girl rips off bows, headbands, barrettes, you name it…but she finds an empty box of Leggo’s and wears it on her head. All day. I’m not exaggerating. There’s nothing like sitting on the toilet to have a toddler bust in on you with a green box over her head. I don’t know how she sees? I don’t know about you all but I see cuteness overload…



Enjoy your night/day/whenever you read this…

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1 danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness September 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

Great recipe! A lot of the Oat less oatmeal recipes use a lot of eggs which makes me question how it will taste but this looks awesome and I can’t wait to try it out!


2 laury September 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

Great! Thanks! Please let me know if you do!


3 blackhuff September 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

Awe! I love the pictures of her. SO cute 🙂
Thanks for sharing the recipe.
It’s now afternoon here (SA time)


4 laury September 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

Thanks! She’s a funny one!


5 Mariella Lombardi September 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

Hi Laury,
great recipe indeed, I must try this soon as it looks really delicious.
Fall is definitely in the air, and it is my favorite season. I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, but I’m starting to think about the holidays already.


6 laury September 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

Oh me too! I LOVE the holidays!


7 Alisa September 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

A lot of the grain-free cereals are so heavy in nuts and seeds that they are just too much on my tummy. I love that you lighten it up and thicken with coconut flour and banana!


8 laury September 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

Thanks, Alisa! Well you know how I feel about nut flours..they scare me :/ This is very light, it’s a great transition coming off straight smoothies for 3 months!


9 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner September 30, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Oh my gosh. When I get me some coconut flour, I am SO making this!!!! 😀


10 Meg @ A Dash of Meg March 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

This sounds amazing to me! I must give it a try 🙂


11 Dina May 11, 2013 at 8:52 am

I just made this, YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


12 laury May 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Great!!!!! So glad you liked it 🙂


13 Rebecca July 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Would it work without banana?


14 laury July 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Rebecca I am sure it would but the banana adds a natural sweetness and creaminess. Maybe add more liquid and sub for another fruit. I hope it turns out! Let me know!


15 Rebecca July 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Was able to do the banana after all! Figured I might as well test it with something yummy. 😉

It’s delicious! I love it with almond butter and will probably add apples as well. I’m on my second bowl in two days. I also use honey instead of the stevia/maple syrup. Thank you! =)

(My roommate is planning on her own peanut butter chocolate version as well, haha.)


16 laury July 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Very cool! Thanks so much for the update!!!! I am getting away from stevia as well so honey is an excellent replacement 🙂

Your roommate has the right idea!


17 Rebecca July 23, 2013 at 11:39 pm

So in the end, I can’t do banana for now. =/ So I tried it banana-free today and it was still quite tasty, but much much more liquidy. I had it with some blackberry and loved it!


18 laury July 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Oh no!!! Well, I think I have done this to some extent without bananas a few times. I enjoy this more in the winter, but it will work! Try less liquid! Seasonal blackberries sound AMAZING! I will have to try that! Thanks for the update 🙂


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