How to have porridge with no oats?  Give this pumpkin protein porridge a go on those chilly mornings!

How to have porridge with no oats?  Give this pumpkin protein porridge a go on those chilly mornings! #porridge

Growing up I remember my dad making porridge for us on cold mornings.  Standing next to the stove, stirring the oats until they were a nice gooey mess.  And then me putting brown sugar (lots of it) on top.  Ah, those were the days!

Fast forward a number of years, and I still loved making my own porridge (oatmeal for you Americans).  I would sometimes make my own version of overnight oats, and have it cold.  Or I’d go with the classic porridge, but make it in the microwave, because I was too lazy to wait for the stove-top!  And instead of putting lots of brown sugar on top of the oats, I’d use prunes as my sweetener.  Maybe that is just a sign of getting older?

And then came my special snowflake stomach.  For a while there, I could tolerate oats – gluten-free oats – and used them in lots of recipes, mainly cookies, but some granola bars and granola.  But after doing a few Whole30’s I found that I could get by quite happily without having oats in my normal meal rotation.  Oh sure, sometimes I miss oats, like when I have a real craving for some Monster Cookies, but on the whole, I’ve done quite well without them for over a year now.

But then comes the question – what to have on a cold winter morning, when you just don’t feel like eggs, or chia puddings, or some other meat and vegetable combination?  Enter the solution of a ‘no oats’ oatmeal.  With veggies and protein powder to give it additional nutrition, it’s the shredded coconut that is a must have to get that oatmeal/porridge type texture.  Who’s looking at me strangely now?  Well, if you are, or even if you aren’t, I dare you to give this recipe for pumpkin protein porridge (that’s a mouthful of P’s!) a go.

And note that if you don’t have protein powder, this recipe works perfectly fine with almond meal instead.  

Pumpkin protein porridge

(Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free, no added sugar)

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder eg collagen peptides or similar
  • 2 tbs shredded unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a microwave proof bowl.

  2. Cook for 1 1/2 minutes on high, with stirring at the 45 second mark.

  3. Allow to cool and thicken slightly before adding your favorite toppings

Recipe Notes

Feel free to substitute the protein powder with almond meal or ground flaxseed if needed.

How to have porridge with no oats?  Give this pumpkin protein porridge a go on those chilly mornings! #porridge