Recipe: Carrot Cake Porridge (Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, AIP, Paleo, Vegan)
Normally I have meat or fish and veggies for breakfast these days but with the change of season I found myself craving warming oaty porridge. I used to love porridge and could easily have had it morning, noon and night (I kid you not!!) with lashings of milk and spoons of sugar (I was a divil for the sugar)!
Flash forward a few years and thanks to a Crohn’s disease diagnosis and many food intolerances, I find myself with a grain-free and dairy-free diet. Not one to be deterred by a minor detail like this I tried to come up with a porridge of sorts that would still give me the warm comforting feeling of porridge but with none of the bloating side-effects. Using ingredients that I tolerate I played around with this carrot cake porridge which was extremely easy to throw together in the slow cooker and turned out pretty well. It’s paleo and vegan and nut free too (if you want).
Ingredients (serves 2):
4 medium sized carrots
½ can of coconut milk (room temperature) – (I like Aroy-D as it just has two ingredients – coconuts and water)
1 tablespoon creamed coconut
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 tablespoon mulberries (brands such as Iswari and Nua Naturals sell these)
1 tablespoon raisins or chopped medjool dates
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
Grate the carrots and add them to the slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until all mixed through. Make sure that all the ingredients are covered with the coconut milk (adding more if needed). Cook on high for an hour or two or low for four to six hours until the carrot is cooked and soft.
Serve up with toppings such as chopped banana and mulberries or really what you like!
Options: Here are a few ideas to mix up the porridge
- Swap out a carrot for a peeled apple (which you would grate before adding)
- Swap out a carrot for a chopped banana
- Add in a tablespoon or two of walnut pieces (or other nuts or seeds of your liking)
- Add coconut shavings
- Add in some maple syrup if you need it sweetened up