Apple-Delicata Squash Instant Pot Porridge~ AIP, GAPS, Paleo deliciousness; cooks in 8 minutes

Apple-Delicata Squash Porridge– an easy Instant Pot Recipe {AIP, GAPS compliant} For breakfast, hot or as pudding, chilled and portable for lunches

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We love love love delicata squash around here. The porridge? My kids love it for breakfasts and snacks, and I think you will too! Throw a few things in the Instant Pot, including a whole, uncut delicata squash, and with only about 5 minutes’ labor you have a beautiful, wholesome porridge. This breakfast recipe is AIP compliant as well as GAPS-friendly, but serve it to anyone who loves porridge. Apple-Delicata Squash Porridge is delicious and naturally sweet!


The slippery elm is optional, as it’s not compliant for those just starting out on the AIP Diet. Otherwise, I recommend it. Here’s why. Also, I show nuts (below) as a topping on the porridge. Of course, AIP folks aren’t going to use those. But have fun with the toppings, based on your restrictions: coconut, fresh or frozen berries, sliced banana etc.

Family Breakfasts and Snacks

One afternoon my 15-year-old daughter said to me as she ate this recipe chilled as pudding, “Mom, this pudding you made is soo good.”

Then I happily overheard this between my teenage kids. I was in the bathroom listening, unbeknownst to them, while my daughter continued to eat the leftover porridge cold as pudding:

Son: Isn’t that stuff so delicious?
Daughter: Mmm, so good.

🙂 (My son ate the porridge hot that morning for breakfast.) So I recommend the loveliness not only as hot porridge, but I pour it into 8 oz. canning jars for lunches and snacks.

Whether GAPS Diet, AIP, Paleo or just a lover of wholesome food (and delicata squash!), this porridge is sure to please for breakfasts, snacks and lunches.

Apple-Delicata Squash Breakfast Porridge- AIP, GAPS, Paleo (or chilled as pudding for lunches and snacks)


Instant Pot goodness here: 🙂

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Apple-Delicata Squash Instant Pot Porridge~ AIP, GAPS, Paleo deliciousness; cooks in 8 minutes
Apple-Delicata Squash Porridge
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Servings: 3 generous servings
Author: Megan
  • 4 small or 2 large apples unpeeled, flesh cut from the cores
  • 1 delicata squash washed and whole
  • 1/2 cup bone broth with little fat, or water instead
  • 3 Tablespoons slippery elm optional for those on AIP
  • 2 Tablespoons gelatin or up to 1/4 cup if eating the porridge hot (not chilled as pudding)
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon each: cloves and ginger
  • pinch sea salt
  1. Place whole, uncut delicata squash into insert pot. Add apple chunks. Add bone broth and spices. Make sure rubber ring is in place in the Instant Pot lid, and secure lid, closing steam valve. Choose Manual setting and 8 minutes.
  2. When timer goes off, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes; then press Cancel, place a dish towel over steam valve and open it to release any remaining pressure. Remove lid and insert, so the pot's contents begin to cool.
  3. When cool enough to handle, place delicata on a plate or cutting board. Cut in half length-wise and remove seeds with spoon. (They come out very quickly and easily.) Place squash halves and pot's contents (apples, broth and spices) into blender.
  4. Add remaining ingredients: optional slippery elm, gelatin, maple syrup and sea salt. Blend for about 30 seconds, until smooth. Serve with optional toppings, or pour into portable containers for packing in lunches.
Recipe Notes

Here's the grass-fed gelatin I use and recommend. You can use the discount code BEAUTIFUL10 at checkout to get 10% off your purchase! 🙂

Here's the sustainably-grown and harvested slippery elm I buy and use.


Apple-Delicata Squash Breakfast Porridge- AIP, GAPS, Paleo (or chilled as pudding for lunches and snacks)

By the way, this is the Instant Pot I use.

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Comments 23

  1. Wow Megan, THIS is so lovely! I can’t wait to try it. I love the conversation between your kiddos, so cute! I’m glad you heard it. I’m sure that warmed your heart. xo

    1. Yes, it totally did! 😉 You can imagine. I cook so much for them, so often. It’s really fun when a new recipe wins their hearts on the first try, and it’s different from all the usuals PLUS they all 3 can eat it, and it’s healthy!! Thank you!! xo!

  2. Mmm, I think I’d eat mine warm while my kids would most certainly enjoy it cold as a pudding! It’s always such a blessing to hear kiddos appreciate (and actually like) healthy food!

  3. Just pinned to my AIP board. Hubby will love this! He’s been on the hunt for some good breakfast options and this one has broth – win!

    1. Hi Danielle, I’m sure there is. 🙂 I haven’t done it that way, so I can’t give you the cooking instructions. I would increase the bone broth, though, because liquid evaporates more in the slow cooker, and then determine how long it will take to cook the squash through, perhaps 3 hours? You may have to experiment a bit.

  4. What size squash? I appreciate recipes that provide a measurement for produce. I will try a 15 ounce squash and let you know how that works

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      Hi Robin, any average size delicata works great here. Most are about the same size, and slight variations will not affect the success of the recipe. It just needs to fit in the IP! 🙂

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  5. This looks amazing – I love getting veggies into breakfast foods (it’s difficult with no eggs, I’ve found) and this will be a nice alternative to my ‘carrot oatmeal’. Question though…would it work just as good to seed first and then put in IP?

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