Rich and creamy, satisfying and full of flavor, with the familiar hot cereal texture we all love, our 3-Minute Coconut-Almond Porridge is dairy free, grain free, paleo and vegan as well as nutrient rich. It is the ideal healthy quick breakfast—especially during cold winter months, but perfect to start any day!
My Favorite Paleo and Vegan “Oatmeal” Hot Cereal:
3-Minute Coconut-Almond Porridge
Did you ever wonder what Stacy at Wicked Good Kitchen actually eats from day to day? Does she really live a paleo lifestyle while creating so many sweet treat recipes? Ha! I thought you might.
Well, the answer is yes. But, I am far from perfect.
The truth is, I love to bake—whether it is developing recipes that are dairy free, gluten free, grain free, vegan or traditional, I am driven…to bake.
Why do I love to bake so much, you ask?
To put it in the simplest of terms, I enjoy the science-y stuff associated with baking as well as the challenge. (Believe me, I have had my fair share of kitchen disasters after recipe testing!) The goal, however, is to make others happy through my baking and recipes. Just ask The Big Lug who is not paleo. 😉
In addition, I enjoy challenging myself to create unique recipes that anyone can master. This is why you will often see tutorials with many photos, such as my latest for Best Ever American Buttercream, as well as several tips listed in the Notes section of my recipes. They are there to help you out in the kitchen as well as offer variations. In fact, mindful authors that actually cared if you were successful with their recipes in your own kitchen wrote my favorite cookbooks. I am no different and do my best to be mindful of others and their special diets—without being preachy about my own.
With all of that said, I will do my best to include more healthy paleo and vegan baking recipes here on the blog that I actually eat. I started off the New Year with my favorite healthy juice recipe, Pink Lady Skinny Detox Power Juice, and it was a very good start in the healthy recipe department. That recipe has been pinned nearly 10K times in one month, so I know that my readers and followers would like to see more.
This may be a good time to share with my newer readers that I have been working behind the scenes writing a paleo baking cookbook. It is a project that is near and dear to my heart. In fact, I was hoping to be the first to publish such a cookbook. However, others beat me to it and it didn’t help matters that I lost eight months of working on the project when I was so sick last year. Everything in my life came to a screeching halt when we couldn’t figure out what was causing my illness, which turned out to be a terrible new food allergy. Meanwhile, I am hoping and praying that my cookbook will be different and have my own author’s stamp.
The most exciting recipe development note to share with you is that over the holidays I nailed it with a paleo dumpling recipe based on my great grandmother’s recipe for Authentic Hungarian Dumplings. She made them especially to serve with her Chicken Paprikash. Let me tell you…Chef Wolfgang Puck would only be so lucky to have my great grandmother’s dumpling recipe! (I kid in jest, of course.) However, it is phenomenal and I’ve never seen a recipe like it published before. So, believe me when I say…paleo pasta is around the corner, my friends! I am so close…I can feel it. I can’t wait.
About This Fabulous Paleo Porridge
While the days are still quite chilly in some parts of the country and somewhere in our world right now, I thought it would be a good time to share my favorite paleo and vegan porridge recipe with, y’all. It is so good!
In fact, I wanted to share this recipe with you last week. But, as I mentioned in a recent post, it was a zany week here at Wicked Good Kitchen and I simply could not find the pretty blue and white plate you see under the small white stoneware bowl in my photos. The plate comes from Williams-Sonoma (no longer available) and I just knew it would match, but not in a “matchy-matchy” kind of way (as Tim Gunn would say, haha!), my recent blue and white prop acquisitions from Sur la Table from their Antique Floral Collection.
Well, as you can imagine by looking at my photos, I only wanted that specific plate and no other plate would do! And, yes…just in case you were wondering, it turned out to be true. The Big Lug did hide my plate! He didn’t do it on purpose, of course. But since he is 6’5” tall, he placed them too high on a shelf in my prop room and then placed something lightweight on top. When I asked him where they were, he just smiled his Cheshire Cat grin when he handed me the four-piece set. A true sign of guilt, people! 😉
But, let’s get back to this porridge.
Not only is our 3-Minute Coconut-Almond Porridge incredibly satisfying as hot breakfast cereals are, it is nutrient rich. Just think of all the good you are doing for your body when you sit down to enjoy your own warm bowl of wicked porridge goodness.
Dress up your porridge any way you wish. In the ingredients section of the recipe, I have included some suggestions as to how you can flavor, sweeten and top your bowl of porridge. My favorite is shown in the photos…fresh berries! I just cannot resist them.
Meanwhile, I promise that everyone in your family who loves Cream of Wheat or oatmeal for breakfast will love this porridge. It is everything you dreamed a hot cereal could be!
What makes our recipe for 3-Minute Coconut-Almond Porridge wicked good?
Filled with fiber, nutrients, and healthy cancer-fighting Omega 3 oil from freshly ground golden flaxseed, as well as being totally dairy free and grain free, this fabulous paleo and vegan porridge pulls together in just 3 minutes. It satisfies the most urgent need for a hot cereal breakfast to start the day due to the incredible flavor profile and texture. Even the appearance and aroma are appealing. Naturally flavor and sweeten, then top your Coconut-Almond Porridge any way you want from our list of healthy suggestions.
Our 3-Minute Coconut-Almond Porridge is the ideal all-natural hot cereal breakfast to provide energy and nourishment while being kid-friendly. It’s a hot breakfast that you don’t have to wait for the weekend to enjoy because it is speedy-quick to prepare. It is also the perfect hot cereal to serve overnight guests for a light weekend breakfast or part of a large brunch.
My friends, you will be amazed at how much you will enjoy this porridge. Try it soon. It will make getting up in the mornings easy. You will not regret it.
P.S. RECIPE UPDATE (06/14/2016): This recipe has been updated to specify Organic Raw Whole Golden Flaxseed, such as Bob’s Red Mill® brand, to be ground freshly just before using in the recipe. (In my kitchen, I achieve this by using a clean coffee grinder dedicated to grinding dried herbs and spices.) This is important as golden (or brown) flaxseed should not be stored after it has been ground because its beneficial oils (Omega-3 for heart health, immune support, cancer-fighting properties and the promotion of healthy hair, skin and nails) become rancid quite rapidly. In fact, breakdown of flaxseed oil happens within just 15 minutes of it being exposed to heat, air and/or light. This means that packaged ground flaxseed found in retail and health food stores should be avoided if optimum nutrition and overall good health and beauty are each a priority. If you do elect to go with conveniently packaged ground flaxseed, be aware of the fact that you will be consuming it for the benefit of fiber only and any rancid oils present are not ideal for good human health and nutrition and, in fact, could be harmful to your health. Do your research on this as I have. As Bob, of Bob’s Red Mill®, would similarly say, “To your good health, my friends!”
RECIPE UPDATE (06/16/2016): My dear readers, this recipe has been updated once again. After learning about the pasteurization process of U.S. grown almonds (mandated by the FDA as of September 2007), that depletes (strips clean!) raw organic almonds of nutrition (beneficial enzymes and vitamins), and further learning that Blue Diamond® Almonds, used to make Honeyville® brand Blanched Almond Meal, uses PPO or propylene oxide (a volatile and highly toxic substance and known carcinogen) to pasteurize their almonds (vs. heat or steam), I am now calling for Raw Organic Unpasteurized California Almonds® purchased directly from the grower and ground in your own kitchen. There simply is no substitute for good nutrition for a healthy body! Once I have the opportunity to review my purchase of Raw Organic Unpasteurized California Almonds® directly from the farm, and they pass my quality test, I will provide the source information for you. Once again, “To your good health, my friends!”
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- ¾ cup (180 ml) unsweetened almond milk, preferably homemade and additive free
- 6 tablespoons (39 grams) organic unsweetened shredded coconut, such as Let’s Do Organic®
- 3 tablespoons (21 grams) very finely ground raw organic unpasteurized California Almonds®, purchased directly from the farm/grower
- 1½ tablespoons (about 10 grams) freshly ground organic raw whole golden flaxseed, such as Bob’s Red Mill®
- ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) pure vanilla extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®
- Pinch of sea salt
- Flavoring, Sweetening & Topping Ideas
- Pure maple syrup, date syrup, raw honey or molasses, for sweetening
- Organic butter flavored palm shortening, such as Spectrum®, or ghee for buttery flavor
- Full fat coconut milk or homemade almond milk, for drizzling
- Ground cinnamon or cardamom, to taste
- Freshly grated whole nutmeg, to taste
- Fresh banana or kiwi slices
- Fresh berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and/or strawberries
- Dried fruit with no sugar added, such as blueberries, tart cherries, cranberries, currants, raisins or golden raisins
- Sautéed cinnamon apples
- Sliced almonds or broken or chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts
- Seeds such as pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or sunflower seeds, for sprinkling
- Coconut flakes, for sprinkling
Variations:Extra-Creamy Coconut Milk Variation: When homemade almond milk is not available, I like to make this extra-creamy coconut milk variation with canned coconut milk. Simply substitute the 3/4 cup almond milk called for in the recipe with 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk and 1/4 cup filtered or purified (distilled) water. (Oh, so good!) Just cover and refrigerate any leftover coconut milk for making porridge the next morning. Stove Top Directions: In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the almond milk to a simmer. This should take about 1 minute or so. Remove from heat, carefully add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. Return saucepan to heat and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until softened, thickened and heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in favorite flavorings and natural sweetener. Transfer porridge to serving bowl. Top as desired with favorite fruits, berries, dried fruit and/or sliced almonds, or other nuts and seeds and coconut flakes. If desired, drizzle with additional maple syrup and almond or coconut milk. Serve immediately. Tips: For Thicker Porridge: Cook in microwave for an additional 30 to 60 seconds. To Freshly Grind Whole Golden Flaxseed: Simply use a clean coffee grinder to achieve finely ground golden flaxseed meal. A coffee grinder dedicated to grinding dried herbs and spices as well as other ingredients is a very helpful tool in the kitchen. Time Saver: To save time in the kitchen on busy weekday mornings, simply pre-measure the dry ingredients and keep handy, covered in a prep bowl, on the countertop near the microwave or cooktop range. Original Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com Copyright © Wicked Good Kitchen. All content and images are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words. Alternatively, link back to this post for the recipe.