UPDATED AUGUST 2021
What is Paleo Porridge
Paleo porridge is a bowl of dry ingredients that are GLUTEN and GRAIN free mixed together with milk (soya/almond/coconut/rice) topped with fresh fruit. So it looks and tastes like normal porridge. Except it’s paleo porridge.
Where did I first try Paleo Porridge
I first tried paleo porridge for breakfast in a trendy Cape Town cafe. It’s called LSA or power porridge there and I haven’t found it in Dubai as yet.
- L for Linseeds
- S for Sunflower seeds
- A for almonds
all ground up together.
Why have Paleo Porridge
- I had no bloated feeling at all
- The breakfast kept me feeling full for ages
- Dairy free/grain free/gluten free
- Full of nutrients like omega 3s from the seeds
- Doesn’t take much cooking time once you’ve got the basic porridge mix done
Watch the VIDEO of me making the paleo porridge in my kitchen here
The ingredients for 1 large bowl or 2 small bowls of Paleo Porridge
30 g of Linseeds (light golden ones) Flax seeds/ Linseeds are the same thing
30 g of Sunflower seeds (unsalted)
60g of Almond powder (ready made or you can grind your own)
These proportions are what I use in my version of LSA. I have subsequently found the original LSA that comes from the Liver Cleansing Diet book recommends a 3:2:1 proportion, so that’s:
- 3 parts linseeds
- 2 parts sunflower seeds
- 1 part almonds
so recently I’ve been following these proportions and to give you an idea to make 2 medium size bowls of LSA try these:
45 g linseed/flaxseed powder (so that’s milled down seeds)
30 g sunflower seeds (you could use 15 g sunflower AND 15 g pumpkin seeds for added magnesium) again milled down
15 g almond meal
But do what works best for you. Of course the linseeds, same as flaxseeds are the key here.
200 ml of your preferred type of non dairy milk – I use unsweetened soya milk, but you could use rice milk, almond milk, coco milk or normal milk if you don’t need your porridge to be dairy free and add a little water too if it’s too thick.
Your preferred sweetener I use 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar as it has a lower glycemic index than normal sugar, you could use honey or agave syrup too or just normal sugar. I don’t recommend artificial sweeteners.
Putting it together
Grind up the linseeds and sunflower seeds together in a coffee grinder till they resemble a fine powder. This would take a few seconds in a thermomix! Listen to our podcast on what a thermomix is here.
N.B Flax seed is ground to make the nutrients they offer available, otherwise they would just ‘pass through’ Since flax has a high fiber content it is best to start with a small amount and increase slowly, other wise you may experience cramping and a ‘laxative effect’. Be especially careful if you tend to suffer with an irritable bowel. Don’t be tempted to prepare large batches of ground seeds; they are best stored in natures own storage system within the seed.
Tip the ground up seeds into a bowl
Add the almond powder and sugar; mix all the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon so they are well mixed.
You could tip them straight into a saucepan if you prefer
Add your milk and stir well, then heat slowly and stir to a porridge consistency. Add a little boiling water if you prefer a looser, runnier porridge.
Eating it up
Add your favourite chopped fresh fruits, papaya is a good idea and any berries you can get hold of. Sprinkle on a few chia seeds if you like and gobble it all up. Monica’s Power Porridge, all done. Try it and tell me how long you felt full for. Thank you and do share with anyone who’s looking for a gluten free breakfast idea.