Deciding on what to prepare for a gluten and grains free breakfast, with a break from a protein-based breakfast, often wreaks some drama in the windmills of my foodie mind. I suppose when faced with this “dilemma” the creative juices are unleashed, and, this recipe is born out of ready home made ingredients I had on hand – it was actually a quick thinking, spur of the moment, very impromptu experiment that went absolutely right!!!
Banana’s are generally the go to fruit in creating a breakfast porridge, to add sweetness and added creaminess, combined with coconut milk. I’m off both these ingredients, suffering food boredom caused by possibly over-indulging in both ingredients lol!
Armed with homemade Applesauce (click on the link for the recipe) and home made almond milk (as described below), and my favourite of all nut flours, almond flour, this recipe came about. Loosely based on my popular Breakfast “Oats” Porridge [you don’t need egg to get this version soft and creamy :)], my applesauce breakfast porridge is an amazing quick blend of the ingredients listed below, that provides an excellent gluten and grains free porridge, without real dairy and any alternative sweetening. Topped with a small amount of my breakfast homemade Muesli, toasted fresh coconut flakes and preservatives and sugar free berries, this porridge provides a delectable and warm breakfast option.
Desiring a neutral tasting nut milk, avoiding the sweetness of home made coconut milk, I made my own almond milk for this porridge. Using one cup of raw almonds, soaked in water for 36 hours, rinsed off well to remove the phytic acids, then added to my Vitamix blender with 2 cups of filtered water, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 medjool date for flavouring and sweetening, all blended together and strained in a nutbag, producing 2 cups of delicious home made almond milk which refrigerates well for 3-4 days.
With the ingredients on hand, this is an easy and quick make, serving two, that will indeed have you making this often – I am truly amazed at how fabulous tasting, filling and nourishing this breakfast alternative is! With simple and real whole foods ingredients, there is absolutely no need to seek out the processed foods kinds – your body and foodie experience can only benefit from trying out this delicious and nutritious breakfast alternative!
½ cup almond flour
1 tblsp flax flour
½ heaped cup applesauce
¾ cup almond milk OR coconut milk for a much sweeter option (homemade, preservatives & sugar free)
¼-½ tsp cinnamon powder
less than ¼ tsp ginger powder
less than ¼ tsp clover powder
less than ½ tsp nutmeg OR ¼ tsp allspice or mixed spice
Himalayan or Sea salt to taste
1-2 tsp date paste or raw honey (only if a much sweeter taste is preferred)
Toasted coconut flakes, nuts and seeds, additional fruit if preferred
- Combine all the ingredients in a small, non-stick pot on medium stove top heat.
- Bring the ingredients to a slow simmer, stirring until bubbles form and the mixture is creamy and thick.
- Depending on the consistency you require, you may add additional almond milk or water, noting that the porridge will thicken quickly, after it is served too.
- Dish up into serving bowls, garnish and eat immediately.