Coconut Porridge

As the mornings are getting a little colder here, I have noticed a void in my breakfast ventures. Since changing my diet to low grain/mostly gluten free, breakfast isn’t as familiar as it used to be. I used to eat eggs and toast, pancakes, crepes, homemade english muffins, oatmeal, you get the picture, mostly carbs/grains!

On the cooler, misty, fall mornings, it seems like nothing will satisfy like oatmeal. I haven’t had oatmeal since the winter, probably. I’m not the biggest oatmeal fan, but as an adult, I was learning to love it. I used to love those Quaker instant packs as a kid. They even had ones where there was a squeezable topping, like strawberry jam, or chocolate fudge. I have a hard time finding people that remember those. Anyways, those are less than healthy, so I gave those up a long time ago.

I figured, to fill the void, yet sticking to my grain/gluten free diet, I would play around with some ingredients. I had been making a lot with shredded coconut, so that was going to be my medium. To my delight, things turned out just as I had hoped. It was warm, creamy, filling and satisfying. There was no grains, which made my belly happy.

The coconut offers a lot of health benefits and there’s a lot of fiber in it. Add in whatever trips your trigger. I topped it with honey and raw, slivered almonds and a white wine poached pear (left over from the party).

Coconut Porridge

2/3 C. coconut milk (or whatever milk you like)
1/4 C. shredded, organic coconut (unsweetened)
1 t. vanilla
a pinch of salt
2 T almond flour
1 T. golden flaxseed meal
honey to taste

Heat the milk in a small sauce pan and add in the remaining ingredients, cook on medium heat until it reaches the desired thickness.

39 Responses to “Coconut Porridge”

  1. What a great & healthy breakfast!! i just love anything coconut &I bake a lot with coconut flour too!

    MMMMMMMMMMMMM,..A lovely picture too!

  2. What a great idea! Love your blog too, just stumbled across it and it’s fab – very much my lifestyle as well. :) Can’t wait to explore more of your posts! You might like my blog too, it is called Affairs of Living and it is all whole foods, GF, allergy-friendly food and natural health info. Happy Tuesday! xoxo Kim

  3. sounds MOST delicious! please riddle me this: by ‘T’ do you mean ‘tsp’ or ‘tbsp’? i fear that i may interpret it incorrectly and end up with a big bowl of disaster for breakfast!

  4. A capital T means Tablespoon.

  5. What a great idea for grain-free hot “cereal”.

  6. just enjoying a bowl of this delicious porridge! thank you :) i topped it with pecans and cherries with a bit of maple syrup. YUM!

  7. wow. this is perfect for a cold day like today – which is cold and snowy.

    thanks for thinking it up – I’m always on a lookout for grain-free breakfast food. I never realized that would be one of the harder things to figure out.


  8. Can’t do the flaxseed (not SCD legal). Does it thicken without it?

  9. I have not tried it without the flaxseed, but since flax does have great binding capabilities, you may want to substitue something for it, since it may be more soup like.

  10. Oh I played with your recipe a little. I added cinnamon and played with the proportions to include sprouted chia meel (2t) in there and that made it nice and thick. I think I increased the amond milk to 1 cup. I also added a few drops of nunaturals stevia with vanilla. I love it. I included 1 T each of coconut flour and alomd meal. I LOVE coconut flour. I have unsweetetened coconut but used the flour instead. Thanks for the recipe!! Oh and I had to mix everything and sit overnight and then microwave at work. Probably fruit of any kind would be awesome but cutting down on my fruit intake due to sugar related digestion issues. :(

  11. You can forgo the flax for chia seeds or just another T of almond meal :)

  12. I am trying this right now! It is delicious! I hope my children with like it. I have two children. Maybe one of them will like it and we can expand the breakfast possibilities. Thank you!

  13. Love it! Made it with a heavy shaking of pumpkin spices and a spoonful of coconut manna. Yummy. Next time, gonna try to add some pumpkin to the mix. Thanks for the idea!!

  14. @mandie…yum, the pumpkin idea sounds tasty! Glad you liked it!

  15. If I cannot have almond, or nuts, what can I do? Looks amazing!!

  16. Is almond flour the same as ground almonds?? I am not certain I will be able to purchase in UK easily.

  17. It’s not quite the same. Almond flour is a very fine ground flour. If you have a high speed blender this can do a pretty good job of getting the consistency right.

  18. Look into using flax or chia seeds.

  19. Mmmm, soo good. I played around with the measurements a little, aded a little more water to my canned coconut milk, added 1 T more coconut flakes, heaped n a little more flax. Chopped dates in it, used stevia, & topped with hemp seeds.

  20. This is a really good recipe! I’ve been searching and trying different grain free porridge recipes and this is the first one that I’ve eaten. The rest, I’ve had to throw out! Thank you! ;-)

  21. Thank you thank you thank you!! If I had to eat another egg I think I would have turned into a chicken! I was looking for something anything that didn’t involve an egg and this is so delicious!!! So warm so good so perfect. I used almond milk and I I add some pumpkin pie spice. Yum yum yum

  22. Made this today for me and my husband, yummy! It’s rainy and cold out and this hot cereal hit the spot! Added cinnamon and blueberries to mine but no honey and it was still sweet enough for me. Husband added a dash of honey and blueberries. Looked like cream of wheat (one of husband’s childhood favorites) but so much better for you!

  23. What an amazing recipe! Better than oatmeal! Thanks. : )

  24. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe. My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far this winter. On a side note, when I first made this recipe, I was out of almond flour, so I substituted hazelnut meal. Having made the recipe both ways, the potential advantage to using the hazelnut meal is the natural, rich sweetness of hazelnuts makes a porridge that really doesn’t need additional sweetening, which can be good for those looking to limit sugars. After reading others’ comments, I can’t wait to try the addition of cinnamon or perhaps pumpkin spice!

  25. Yay! I loved this paleo friendly porridge, feels like eating a real bowl of oatmeal! Thank you for this brilliant recipe.

  26. I made the porridge this morning and it was just great! Far more filling than ye olde oatmeal. And just the right amount of sweetness without adding any sugar. I did add chia seeds, because I’m obsessed, but the coconut texture alone is really nice.

  27. Wow! I tried this recipe this morning and I could not believe how close it tasted to real oatmeal!!! I thought I had given up my perfect oatmeal forever! If someone had made it for me I would have thought it was oats! I made mine with cinnamon and stevia, but tomorrow I’m adding raisins and chopped pecans! Thank you!

  28. This was so delicious! Thank you!

  29. I made this for the first time today and it really was delicious as well as being a snap to prepare. Having no fresh bananas I thawed a couple from the freezer (we freeze extra ripe bananas for blended margaritas-yum!) and they were perhaps even better as they mashed right up and provided lots of flavor. I did add the shredded coconut and while I didn’t like it, my husband did. And we added chopped pecans and blueberries. Definitely a nice breakfast to add into the rotation, as we eat so many eggs and are always looking for alternatives.

  30. Just made this and it was amazing. My four year old absolutely loved it! Thanks!

  31. GREAT recipe! Thank you so much! I was getting tired of all these nut-heavy and banana-based breakfast options, as both upset my stomach early in the daytime
    Whipped this up this morning and if I hadn’t made it, I wouldn’t have known it wasn’t oatmeal!
    This is definitely going to become a staple in my kitchen. Thanks again for an awesome hot breakfast option :)


  32. I found this searching for Paleo breakfast ideas today. It looked amazing but I didn’t have coconut milk or flaxseed meal. I was so upset and so desperate to make it that I decided to try it using unsweetened almond milk and almond butter. I was really worried about the almond butter but that was the only thing I had that would thicken the porridge up. OMG! This stuff is amazing. I added some blueberries and blackberries and am in heaven! Thanks so much for the idea. My family and I will enjoy this for years to come.

  33. Looks lovely! So tired of eggs for breakfast and I so miss my oatmeal. I just can’t eat almond flour. Could I substitute with coconut flour or should I just use more flaxseed meal?

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