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I’ve been making this porridge for years, and only recently when my teenage son starting making it for himself, did I realize that I better share it. This Paleo porridge is very similar in flavor and appearance to Cream of Wheat, but it’s, of course, grain-free; and it’s comfort-food-delicious! With only 3 ingredients, it whips up in 5 minutes. I love it for an easy dinner or snack, great sleep and its gut-healing benefits. It’s Paleo, Keto, AIP and GAPS-friendly. But honestly, even without all these attributes, it’s just yummy!
Porridge is one of the meals I miss, from the foods I used to eat. I used to love oatmeal and polenta and occasionally Cream of Wheat, although it wasn’t a staple in our house growing up. I think I discovered the phenomenon of this recipe by accident. I can’t completely remember. I am always fiddling with food in new ways, especially when I’m hungry and have a limited diet. This accident was a happy one.
What It’s Like
The texture is smooth, but nubby, just like Cream of Wheat (but healthier), soft and comforting.
The porridge is usually served room temperature or cold. No cooking. You can actually eat it warm, if you prefer that; it works. It changes the lovely Cream of Wheat texture a bit. Basically you make the base mixture the same way, as instructed in the recipe below, but then the last milk (can be dairy-free) that gets added to the bowl as a condiment is hot. I’ve done this before and even added a tablespoon of butter (or coconut oil). It’s crazy-rich and lovely; the gelatin (an ingredient we’ll talk about in 1 second) melts a bit which changes the texture a bit; but it works — if you really need it warm. But somehow, I never notice the temperature of this treat while I’m eating it. It’s just GOOD.
Okay, so that brings me to the 3 ingredients in this recipe! I just mentioned gelatin. Yep, it’s the key magical player in this recipe (as usual, for me).
Interested in some of the other recipes where I’ve use gelatin in new ways? Here it is in dairy-free frosting; and find it here in GAPS Buttercream Frosting. Find my latest No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cheesecake here. Here I use gelatin in egg-free muffins. And here it is in Bulletproof Hot Chocolate! Learn here Why is Gelatin Good for You?!
So gelatin is ingredient number 1! It’s great for gut-healing, better bowel movements, improved sleep and detoxification, to name a few benefits.
If you follow the Paleo, GAPS or Keto diets: Slippery elm is ingredient number 2! Slippery elm soothes the gut, throat and lungs, helps with both constipation and diarrhea, is high in antioxidants that fight inflammation, and helps with bladder conditions. Read more about slippery elm here.
If you follow the AIP diet: Tigernut flour is ingredient number 2! Depending on your healing diet, note this one ingredient variation! Tigernut flour is high in complex carbs, so it’s not ideal for Keto. And its starch quality is not okayed by Dr. Natasha for GAPS. BUT it’s an excellent complex carb for AIP and full of resistant starch for excellent colon health and microbiome well being. Plus, it tastes like graham cracker crumbs, so it’s a totally yummy ingredient.
Together, these two ingredients (you choose which two) are gentle healers.
Ingredient number 3~ In this recipe we combine the first two ingredients with your favorite high-fat milk of choice. For Keto, some GAPS and Primal folks like me, I like to use raw milk. It’s delicious! And Keto folks, you can even use raw cream, if you can get your hands on it.
For GAPS, and Paleo dairy-free, use homemade nut or seed milk (ideally soaked for best digestion).
For AIP, Paleo, Keto or GAPS, use high-fat coconut milk.
The high fat content of the milk you choose actually helps the amino acids in the gelatin to absorb properly. (We’re talking digestion.)
To sweeten or not to sweeten is up to you. Both ways are great. I really like it plain, super wholesome and comforting. If you add stevia (Keto or GAPS) or honey (Paleo, GAPS and AIP) or maple sugar/syrup (AIP and Paleo option), it becomes comfort food in a new way, a healthy treat, like sweetened oatmeal at breakfast. Find your favorite way. As mentioned, a tablespoon of butter, ghee or coconut oil is extra-rich and a nice variation if you use hot milk at the end.
MCT oil is a great addition, because it stirs in creamily to room temperature or cold porridge. I also love the health benefits of MCT oil, and we’re using it all the time lately: It gives a surge of lasting energy, it’s great for brain power and helps with weight loss. And it’s an asset to all these diets: safe for AIP, GAPS, Keto, Paleo/Primal. (Find the best MCT oil here.)
Regarding stevia, if you haven’t already found one you love, I recommend this one.
Lastly, if you’re Paleo and can have all of these ingredients, then go for it. I make my own porridge with gelatin, slippery elm AND tigernut flour (find all these links at the bottom of the recipe). I use raw milk and/or cream + stevia. My son adds MCT oil and maple syrup to his as well. He’s my athlete, needs TONS of food and energy, and this is such a good snack for him after a huge dinner, hahaha: truth!
So whether you make yours with just 3 basic ingredients or more of the add-ins, here’s the summary:
- AIP Diet: gelatin, tigernut flour, coconut milk
- GAPS Diet: gelatin, slippery elm, coconut milk or sprouted nut/seed milk (or raw milk if you can have it)
- Keto Diet: gelatin, slippery elm, raw cream or high fat coconut milk
- Paleo: gelatin, slippery elm and tigernut flour, milk of choice
Optional sweetener and optional MCT oil (find it here)!
- 2 scoops (1/4 cup total) gelatin Perfect Supplements brand (see link and discount code in Recipe Notes)
- 1 Tablespoon slippery elm for Keto & Paleo option; see link below in Recipe Notes
- 1-2 Tablespoons tigernut flour for AIP & Paleo option, depending on how many complex carbs you need and want
- 1-1/2 cups milk of choice based on your dietary choices: use raw milk or cream (for Primal/Keto) if you can get it; if AIP or Keto, use high-fat coconut milk; if dairy-free Paleo or GAPS, use nut, seed or coconut milk
- sweetener of choice optional (I give a link below in Recipe Notes to the stevia I like best for Keto. For AIP, honey or maple syrup, for GAPS, raw honey or stevia. For Paleo, maple sugar, honey, maple syrup or stevia are all good options.)
- 1 Tablespoon MCT Oil optional (great for the texture, extra energy, Keto diet, burning fat, brain power and more)
- Place gelatin and slippery elm (for Keto and GAPS) OR gelatin and tigernut flour (for AIP) in large mug or bowl. Whisk to combine. (For me, for just Paleo, I use all three: gelatin, slippery elm and tigernut flour.)
- Using metal whisk, add 1 cup milk and optional MCT oil, stirring the whole time, to evenly dissolve and moisten the powders. They will begin to thicken, as they absorb the liquid, a lot within the first minute of stirring.
- Add additional milk to your desired thickness, stirring it in or leaving it on top, depending on how you like to eat porridge, thick or thinner. Leave the porridge unsweetened, or add desired sweetener, to taste.
- Allow to sit and thicken 5 minutes. Add more milk and/or sweetener on top, if desired.
Have 5 minutes and a hankering for something cozy and healthy? Grab your whisk, gelatin and a bowl… 🙂