Gluten-Free Banana Porridge

Gluten-Free Banana Porridge

A few weeks ago I was sent a cookbook by an author I had never heard of before. After a bit of research I felt like I had I been living under a rock because Danielle Walker has a huge, dedicated following. I immediately understood why after reading her glorious Paleo cookbook Against All Grain. Packed with tons of recipes and gorgeous images, this is the book for you if you want to learn more about what it means to follow a Paleo diet.

I've cooked a bunch of Danielle's recipes since receiving her book, but the one that we've been making non-stop (and I mean non-stop) is her absolutely scrumptious Banana Porridge, which is packed with bananas, cashews, almonds, and pecans. Among other benefits, soaking nuts before cooking with them makes them easier to digest. It also helps make this thick, creamy porridge the perfect balanced meal to get your day started.

I've literally made this recipe at least 10 times in the past few weeks with several different variations. My husband prefers his uncooked, which saves me a precious 8 minutes in the morning; Chloe likes her's without the banana, just the tropical coconut flavor; and Kenya likes his no matter how I make it (he's just happy to have it first thing in the morning). To cut down on the fat and calories, I substitute low fat coconut milk for the full fat Danielle's recipe calls for and I can barely tell the difference.

Before I left for New York last week, I made an entire blender-full and left it in the fridge for everyone to eat while I was gone. According to my husband, it barely lasted a few days since he and the kids were eating everyday for breakfast and dessert (and he said he even found himself eating it as a late night snack!).

Thank you Danielle for adding this brilliant idea to my morning repertoire!

Gluten-Free Banana Porridge 2

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Gluten-Free Banana Porridge (serves 4 )

Prep Time: 1440 mins Cook Time: 8 mins

egg free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw pecan halves
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 rie banana
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preparation

1. Place the nuts in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt. Add enough filtered water to the bowl to cover the nuts by 1 inch. Cover and soak overnight.
2. Drain the nuts and rinse until the water runs clear.
3. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender and process until smooth, about 1 minute.
4. Pour the mixture into a saucepan over medium-high heat and cook until thick, about 8 minutes.
5. Serve warm or cold with dried fruit.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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29 comments

  • Skuykendal

    This recipe sounds great! Can I substitute walnuts for the pecans?
    Thanks!

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    • Catherine

      I think that would work!

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  • Katie

    This sounds seriously stick-to-your ribs and super yummy.

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  • Amy

    Hi new to healthy eating... what does \"raw\" mean? I googled it and it saif in their shells so if this is true they need to be out of their shells to cook right??

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    • Catherine

      Go to Trader Joe's or Whole Foods and look in the nut aisle. The package will either saw raw or roasted. So you want nuts that are not in their shells and also have not been cooked.

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  • Elissa

    How long did you soak the nuts? Approx. 10 hours or so?

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    • Catherine

      Overnight! :)

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  • Jmf

    Can you please share your favorite brand and/or flavor coconut milk. I've tried some and they taste weird to me...too much like the guar gum / xanthan gum they add. Thanks! I can't wait to try this!

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    • Catherine

      I use Trader Joe's canned coconut milk!

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  • April Amiel

    Am I right to assume you use canned coconut milk (as opposed to the beverage)?

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    • Catherine

      Yes!

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  • Elissa

    Soooooooooooo good!!!!

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  • Ucla Momma

    Made it this morning...very yummy and my 3yo devoured it! Could you please provide nutritional info (eg, calories, fat, etc)? I'm tracking everything I eat.

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  • Aida Mollenkamp

    I'm so trying this out -- it sounds fabulous!

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    • Ricotero

      Ollivia: hehe...just sent to you, sorry for the delay ya.Dolly: hehe..thanks. yea, the porridge acllauty taste quite nice. now i am hungry again. LOL

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  • Tracy

    How important do you think it is to use filtered water? We just use tap. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    • Catherine

      We use filtered water because tap water can have so much junk in it. You can certainly use whatever you prefer!

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  • Nicole

    I guess when it says high-powered blender it does not mean a Vitamix. One minute in my Vitamix and my porridge was more like a mousse consistency. Kind of wierd to eat but still had ok flavor. Will try again in the food processor.

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  • Laurie Miller

    What does palao actually mean?

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    • Catherine

      Danielle answers that on her website! Check it out! http://www.againstallgrain.com/f-a-q/

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  • Tracy

    So...should we use a vitamix or a food processor?

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    • Catherine

      I've used my food processor and I've used my KitchenAid blender and both worked great!

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  • Cbm

    I used my vitamix for this...1 min was a bit too long and turned the mixture into more of a mousse then a porridge. Taste was still great, but texture a bit odd when warm and my 2 yo wasn't so into it. BUT I put the leftovers in the fridge and gave them to him later as a dessert \"mousse\"...and he devoured it! :)

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  • Charlotte

    Is there a reason why only raw almond and cashews are used and not baked ones?

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  • Prashanthi

    This recipe is very interesting. This is a way I can give nuts to my 18 month old, who finds it difficult to chew them. Can I make it the previous day for next days breakfast and store in the fridge. If so, how long can I store it?

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    • Catherine McCord

      Yes! You cab keep it in the fridge for about 5 days!

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  • nyca5124

    This is SO good! My son and husband won't try it, but trust me, it's great.. I've gone paleo, and love, love, love oatmeal. This doesn't taste similar at all, but it is a fantastic hot cereal alternative. I added an extra banana, for more flavor. By the way, Danielle's cookbook is AWESOME.

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    • Talha

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  • Gianna

    Hi can you use almond milk instead of coconut?

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