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We love love love delicata squash around here. The porridge? My kids love it for breakfasts, snacks and lunches! 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 macronutrient-rich recipe is Gluten-free, Paleo, AIP compliant and GAPS-friendly … but serve it to anyone who loves porridge. Apple-Delicata Squash Porridge is easy to make, delicious and naturally sweet!
Gluten-free, Paleo, AIP & GAPS Ingredients
Think hot pumpkin porridge, but so much better. Delicata squash are naturally sweet, with almost a caramelized flavor, like nature’s candy. This winter squash is very affordable (especially if you have a Trader Joe’s in your area) and perfect for Gluten-free, Paleo, AIP and GAPS diets.
This porridge combines delicata squash with fall apples for the perfect texture and flavor.
What else gets added to make this porridge so special? Actually — bone broth and gelatin! But you’d never know it. These glycine-rich foods nourish the gut, aiding digestion and reducing inflammation. (You can read more about glycine [found in bone broth and gelatin!] here.)
What bone broth to use? I recommend three options, depending on what fits your lifestyle best. Here‘s the best homemade bone broth recipe, that teaches you how to avoid rancid fat (which is common with long-cooked broths). Here‘s the bone broth in a carton I recommend (by Kettle and Fire). And I like Perfect Supplements’ new Bone Broth powder (find it here) because it’s shelf stable so you can use as little or as much as you need, and it’s always ready to go (plus is sourced well).
Also slippery elm! This herbal ingredient is optional, as it’s not compliant for those just starting out on the AIP Diet. Otherwise, I recommend it! Here’s why.
I show nuts (below) as a topping on the porridge. Of course, AIP folks aren’t going to use those.
Have fun with the toppings, based on your restrictions: coconut, fresh or frozen berries, sliced banana etc.
Breakfasts, Snacks and Lunches
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 gluten-free, paleo, GAPS Diet, AIP or just a lover of wholesome food (and delicata squash!), this easy to make porridge is sure to please for breakfasts, snacks and lunches.
Can you reheat leftovers?
Yes! Just warm leftovers gently in a saucepan over low heat, breaking the gelled pieces up as you occasionally stir.
You can also heat up leftovers in the Instant Pot using the “Warm” button.
Leftovers last well in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Can you use another kind of squash?
You certainly can. Just know that delicata is unusually sweet, seriously like winter squash candy. So you may need more sweetener if you make that substitution.
Other winter squash options to consider are butternut, kabocha or sugar pumpkins.
If you use one of these larger squash, you’ll need to peel, seed and cube the squash before cooking. (The delicata’s peel is edible; no peeling or cubing means one less step.)
Instant Pot tips
This recipe takes just 8 minutes to cook.
If you’re in a hurry, put the broth and squash in the Instant Pot’s insert pot while you’re prepping the apples. Press the “Sauté” button, which will pre-heat the pot and broth, decreasing the time it would otherwise take the Instant Pot to come to pressure and temperature. (Don’t leave the Sauté button on too long, though, because there isn’t a lot of broth. We don’t want it to simmer and evaporate, just warm up a bit.)
Once your ingredients are all in the pot, press the “Cancel” button before choosing the “Manual” setting and proceeding with the recipe.
A QPR (quick pressure release) will also speed things up after the timer goes off.
Apple-Delicata Squash Porridge is the perfect fall and winter breakfast, easy to make, fortified with protein, nourishing and comforting, well loved by both kids and adults.
- 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 , or honey for GAPS diet
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon each: cloves and ginger
- pinch sea salt
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By the way, this is the Instant Pot I use.
Need more easy, healthy grain-free breakfast recipes?! Here are a few of our favorites!:
- Turkey, Apples and Onions Hash
- Sweet & Savory Breakfast Cookies
- AIP Lemon Blueberry Coffeecake — serve with a side of homemade sausage patties
- Delicata Squash, Apple, Pork and Bacon Breakfast Casserole (we LOVE this for special occasions)