Been missing your oats or porridge? Last week I was contacted by a mum that was making positive changes for her family and trying to eat more paleo meals. But…breakfast was still the one meal she was having trouble letting go of. Her family is a big lover of the humble porridge. Her reason for contacting me was to see if I could come up with a paleo alternative. I’ve thought about a similar recipe to this one for a while now, so it didn’t take much convincing for me to jump at the chance to come up with something that could help her family out.
There were a few stipulations I had to stick to though. Firstly, it had to be nut free. Secondly, the recipe had to be suitable to pop in the slow cooker over night. What a great idea! Pop breakfast in the slow cooker before heading to bed and then waking to breakfast ready to eat. Those few extra minutes of sleep or one less thing to do on a busy morning, that sounds perfect to me.
Paleo Overnight N’Oatmeal (serves 4)
1/3 cup white chia seeds
1/3 cup flax/linseed
1/3 cup pepitas
1/3 shredded coconut
1/3 cup coconut flour
10 medjool dates
1 x 400 ml can coconut cream
800 ml water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
Place all of the dry mix ingredients into the Thermomix (or food processor) for 8 secs on speed 10.
Pour the milled dry mix into the slow cooker.
Without cleaning, place all of the wet mix into the Thermomix and blend for 10 secs on speed 5.
Add the wet mix to the slow cooker.
Stir the two together very well. Making sure there are no lumps.
Turn the slow cooker onto ‘warm’ for the night.
In the morning stir well and serve.
I was never a big porridge eater prior to going paleo, the texture was always too heavy for me and I never really liked it. Hubby has always been a fan. This recipe we both really enjoyed. My kids were also big fans, and now request it. It’s also very versatile. A favourite for my family is with sultanas stirred through it. If you can, add them to the n’oatmeal 30 minutes before serving, they will be soft and juicy to eat. This recipe would also be nice with stewed fruit, fresh fruit, honey/maple syrup, berry sauce, or (if you’re not allergic) chopped nuts.
Breakfast can be one of the hardest meals to find alternatives too once you make those positive changes. This is a great alternative recipe that will leave you feeling warm and content. If you are one of those people who think giving up that bowl of cereal in the morning is just too hard, give it a go and let me know what you think.