Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hot Coconut Flaxseed Cereal


I just got Wheat Belly in the mail from Amazon yesterday, so have started to flip through it with great interest. While I was already gluten-free before becoming Paleo, the cave man still struggles with his love of wheat. Although he obviously sticks to the plan when I cook meals for us, he has yet to give up his Ezekiel bread in the morning.

I'm hoping that if I find some choice sections of the book for him to read, it will maybe have a little influence! Of course, I tried that with The Primal Blueprint and have not had much success.

Anyway, this morning I was curious to make the Hot Coconut Flaxseed Cereal recipe from the back of the book. It's quite similar to the porridge I already make from almond meal and an egg, but I was intrigued by the large ratio of flax and coconut flakes used.

It obviously came together very quickly, and I have to say it was a satisfying take on Paleo-friendly hot cereal. I used coconut milk, raw walnut pieces and the last of the blueberries and strawberries I have on hand. Kind of makes me sad to bid adieu to summer's berries, but at least that means I can get my pumpkin on!

In terms of my review of Wheat Belly, I would highly recommend it. Dr Davis gets into advanced glycation end products, otherwise known as AGEs. While I have studied these in my nutrition program I haven't come across much information on it through my Paleo website and book reading. I think it very valuable to read up on excessive production of AGEs and all of the health problems that can rise as a result.

Since the recipe is short and sweet, and I'd love to encourage you to buy the book I thought I'd type it out. Please keep in mind I'm copying the recipe as written, I personally wouldn't recommend soy milk for a variety of reasons.

HOT COCONUT FLAXSEED CEREAL

1/2 cup coconut milk, whole dairy milk, full-fat soymilk, or unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, walnut halves or raw hulled sunflower seeds
ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sliced strawberries, blueberries or other berries (optional)

Combine the milk, ground flaxseeds, coconut flakes and walnuts or sunflower seeds in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Serve topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few berries if desired.

9 comments:

  1. I just read Wheat Belly and the chapter I would recommend for a "non-believer" or "skimmer" would be chapter 13 and then chapter 1. Ive already been eating a non-wheat paleo, but find breakfast a grinding choice between raw fruit (=upset tummy, even with a digestive enzyme) or eggs (great but facing eggs every day gets a bit much). The rest of the day Im fine with nuts and meat and veggies. Im definitely giving the flax as cereal a try. I plan to experiment as coconut as a flavor is not a favorite of mine. Maybe with a small cooked apple instead?

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  2. I think a little apple would work great here. You could also try experimenting with hot cereals based on pumpkin... I have a few versions her on my site, as well as some baked goods recipes such as the breakfast sweet potato cake I posted yesterday (12/6/12). I can't stomach raw fruit well either and likewise get weary of eggs!

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  3. I tried this today and I could not handle the taste or texture at all. I wonder if I bought the wrong flax? I have ground flaxseed meal onhand.

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    1. Hi Janel, what kids did you use? Was it ground? I do find ground flax and chia seeds both have a somewhat unique texture, but with the coconut milk here I find this one is pretty creamy. I use Navitas sprouted flax, but have also just used Bob's ground flax (sold at Trader Joe's) and both worked great here.

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    2. Just found this site this morning. Tried the ground flax cereal with coconut milk and loved it. Will keep reading. Thank you for the information. I look forward to reading and learning more about a Paleo lifestyle. Ginger

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  4. Check out this recipe for paleo-friendly pancakes:
    http://housefullofsunshine.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/grain-free-pancakes/
    They definitely hit the spot when I'm craving wheat!

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  5. I made homemade hemp milk (1/2 cup organic hemp hearts + 2 1/2 cups water), used 1/2 cup of the mixture and added: 1/2 C freshly ground flaxseed, 1 tbsp kerrygold butter, 1 tbsp organic coconut oil, 2 tbsp chia seed, 1 tbsp cultured ghee and 2 packets stevia. It's getting very cool here in the Northeast and I loved the hot cereal. This could become a staple for me. Thank you so much!!! :))
    Total fat: 76 g
    Total carb: 33g
    Fiber:28g
    Protein: 21g

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  6. I tried to make a hot cereal out of ground flax seed this morning, before reading this of course. Just let me say this , do not, DO NOT cook the flax on the stove. I had the gloopest gelatinest mess I have ever seen come out of my kitchen! You can not cook it like oatmeal or cream of wheat. It becomes one huge blob, I think I could use it lay block or hang wall paper. Lesson learned! Read first!

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    1. I love that you shared that! We've all had our share of flops. Flax and chia can definitely goop up in pretty frightening ways!! I hope you make and like this one :)

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