Oats are supposed to be very good for us, so when I first learned of the Paleo diet I was sceptical about cutting them out of my diet. But I did often feel tired, sluggish and bloated after my morning porridge. So first of all I made Chia Porridge which I found left me feeling much less bloated and also fuller for longer. Yippee!! I then decided to see if I could make a porridge that was completely grain-free, and this is the result!
This is my go-to breakfast which I adjust to whatever I have in the cupboard. I make enough for 2-3 breakfasts at a time and keep in the fridge for a super speedy breakfast. I would describe it as a cross between Bircher muesli and porridge and it is DELICIOUS! My daughter often requests this, she loves it so much, and it’s lovely sending her off to school knowing she has a tummy full of omegas, amino acids and protein to keep her going through the day. 10 reasons to eat chia seeds
My secret ingredient is…. Baby food! Yep. Toddler apple purée. I buy Hipp or Organix purees in bulk when they are on offer so I can have different flavours and always have them on hand to make this.
You are only heating this to speed up the soaking of the chia seeds, so leave it on a low heat whilst you shout at the kids to get dressed/make packed lunches/referee fights, etc.
RECIPE (serves 2-3 depending upon greed levels)
I tend to really just thrown things in the pan when I make this so it is a recipe in the loosest sense. Feel free to adjust accordingly.
1 100g tub fruit purée (my fave is Hipp Apple and Pear)
About 2/3 mug full almond milk/water
About 1/4 mug full chia seeds
V. small handful raisins/chopped dates/apricots
2 tsps cinnamon
1 large or 2 small apples, grated
2 tbsp (ish) ground almonds
Ground flaxseed/pumpkin seeds/chopped walnuts
1. Warm first 5 ingredients in pan for 5-10 minutes until chia seeds soak up liquid and produce a frog-spawn like texture 😂 The heat speeds up the soaking of the chia seeds. Alternatively, you can soak them for an hour or overnight and skip straight to next step. If soaking rather than cooking, you can have this like a Bircher muesli and don’t need to heat it at all. Add splash more milk or water if texture too thick.
2. Grate your apple and mix with pinch salt. I don’t know why but I just think it tastes nicer this way.
3. Take pan off heat and stir in ground almonds, this instantly thickens the texture. Add grated apole and stir well.
4. Stir through 1 tbsp flax/ handful seeds/chopped nuts if using and top with raw honey or almond butter. It is AMAZING with almond butter.
If I have no apples or I am in a real rush, I make this with 2 tubs baby purée and skip the grated Apple. Just add a few more chia seeds/ground almonds to thicken it up if necessary. This option is particularly DELICIOUS with the almond butter stirred through as it gives it some texture.
This is gorgeous with Apple and Raspberry or Apple and Mango purees too, swap the cinnamon for some vanilla essence or some desiccated coconut and add extra fresh raspberries or mango on top. YUM!
Let me know any other combinations that work for you, too.