How to make Keto Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge / Oatmeal

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One of the things I miss most since going low-carb is hot breakfast cereals — oatmeal/porridge, cream of wheat/semolina, and malt-o-meal have always been favourites. I’m not one who gets ‘sick of eggs’ but sometimes you just want something different. I recently shared a peanut butter overnight ‘oatmeal’ recipe using hemp hearts to replace the oats, and that was so tasty. This version is cooked and seemed more similar to a cream of wheat or malt-o-meal texture.

This one had a nice, light vanilla and cinnamon flavour, but I’ll bet it would be great omitting those and just stirring peanut butter through at the end. Experiment with this — I’d love to see what you come up with as I’m always looking for good ideas! 🙂

I found this recipe on www.healthfulpursuit.com and it’s not only low-carb and keto it’s also vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and grain-free. It’s also high in healthy fats and fibre, so it’ll keep you full and satisfied for hours.

Hemp Hearts seem to be all the rage lately. Here’s an excellent article that tells all about the health benefits if you’re interested

https://www.chatelaine.com/health/diet/benefits-hemp-hearts/

but a quick summary is they may reduce inflammation and improve eczema, arthritis and muscle pain. They may also improve heart health and combat menopausal and PMS symptoms. Sounds great!

Prep time:  2 mins | Cook time:  3 mins | Total time:  5 mins | Serves: 1

Ingredients
• 1 cup non-dairy milk
• ½ cup Hemp Hearts
• 2 tablespoons freshly ground flax seed
• 1 tablespoon chia seeds
• 1 tablespoon xyltiol or sweetener of choice, e.g. 5 drops alcohol-free stevia
• ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ¼ cup crushed almonds or almond flour
Toppings
• 3 Brazil nuts
• 1 tablespoon Hemp Hearts
Instructions
1. Add all ingredients but the ground almonds and toppings to a small saucepan. Stir until combined, then heat over medium heat, just until it begins to boil lightly. No need to cover.
2. Once bubbling lightly, stir once over and leave to cook for another 1-2 minutes.
3. Remove from the heat, stir in crushed almonds, and drop into a bowl. Top with toppings and eat immediately.

Notes
• Making Ahead: I have not tried making this keto recipe ahead of time and eating it later. I’m not sure if it would get too sticky?
• Nut-free: If you can’t do nuts, simply replace the ground almonds with crushed sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
• Digestion: If you’re sensitive to nuts and seeds, you could try soaking the ingredients beforehand.

Nutritional information: Makes one serving, with 867 calories, 72.8 g fat, 8.8 g saturated fat, 26.8 g carbs, 24.5 g fiber (2.3 g net carbs) and 43.8 g protein.