Porridge Breakfast of Longevity

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The Cooking Cardiologist, Dr. Richard Collins, shows us how to make porridge.

Porridge Breakfast of Longevity

Porridge is not a common term for a breakfast dish in America. We think of grains as cereal, oatmeal or granola. Porridge is a common dish in Northern Europe and Russia. It is mostly composed of barley, no surprise from the Brits or the Irish as the grain is used in beer production. Porridge has been associated with British prison food so it’s a slang for being “institutionalized”.

Porridge needs some work in flavor, yet it is high in protein, easily    digestible, abundant in fiber and energy. So America, it is time to wake up to porridge. A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine this January confirmed that you will live longer eating porridge and with less heart disease risk.

This recipe uses grains that most people are not familiar with using. In this recipe, all the grains are wheat free. Instead of buying separate grains, Bob’s Red Mill 8 Grain Wheat-less Cereal is perfect. In a single package, it has grains of whole oats, brown rice, corn, soybeans, millet, sorghum, oat bran, sunflower seeds and flaxseed. 1 cup will make 4 servings. This recipe has an extra flavor with added almond butter…absolutely delicious!


3 cups So Delicious Coconut Creamer

1t vanilla

1T Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar, honey, Truvia (sugar substitute) of choice

1t cinnamon

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill 8 Grain Wheat-less Cereal

2 tablespoons of almond butter

4t-shaved almonds

2 bananas sliced

For an extra garnish with a crunch, add a sprinkle of gluten-free granola on the top of each dish (optional).

In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups of So Delicious coconut creamer to a boil. Add the vanilla, Maple Syrup and cinnamon. Combine and then add the cereal grains. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on a simmer, do not boil. Stir occasionally to prevent burning on the bottom. Add the almond butter, the almonds and the bananas. Stir to combine. Serve in 6 bowls with toppings of the granola for crunch. Drizzle extra syrup on the top for added sweetness if desired. The porridge may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Note it may thicken so add more creamer if necessary.

Serves 6. Serving size: 2/3 cup.

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 270, Total Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 15 mg, Carbohydrates: 41 g, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 5 g

Diabetic Exchanges: 3 Starch



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