Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Paleo Strawberries & Cream Cereal

I do enjoy a hot bowl of Paleo "n'oatmeal" some mornings, particularly when it's chilly out. Most of the variations I've made have cinnamon, pumpkin, and other more fall/winter comfort flavors going on. I wanted to try my hand at a version more in season with the warm weather, and thought berries were a natural way to go.

I also wanted to make a warm cereal without coconut flour, as I had a non-paleo friend recently ask me for some healthy breakfast recipes. While she's open to avoiding dairy and grains, I don't know that she wants to start branching out into seemingly obscure ingredients.
I adapted this from The Foodie & the Family's Strawberries & Cream No-Oatmeal, but I did tinker quite a bit with the proportions. I chose to use fewer eggs as I really wanted the berry flavor to be dominant. I also used organic strawberry spread (containing just wild strawberries & apple juice) for sweetness rather than maple syrup and/or apple butter.

My kids, who both adore "real" oatmeal, both gobbled this one up. My daughter has a strong aversion to bananas and still loved it, which I was particularly pleased about. I personally think it's sweet and tasty enough to enjoy as dessert.
Paleo Strawberries & Cream Cereal 
adapted from The Foodie & the Family

1 ripe banana, mashed
1 14 oz. can coconut milk
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup organic strawberry fruit spread (just fruit, no added sugar)
1 tsp. vanilla
6 eggs
1 lb. whole strawberries, plus more for topping (optional)
sliced or slivered almonds (optional)

Combine banana through eggs in a large pot over low heat, stirring with a whisk. Stir in strawberries. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring often. As the berries soften, mash them to your desired consistency.

Remove from heat and allow to sit for about 5 minutes more, to thicken up further. Serve with more sliced berries and some almonds on top, if desired.

2 comments:

  1. This sounds great. What brand of fruit spread do you use?

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    1. Hi Kristen! I used an Italian brand I found at Whole Foods called Fiordifrutta organic fruit spread. The ingredients are only strawberries, apple juice, wild strawberries & pectin. I know both WF and Trader Joe's also carry all-fruit spreads (they might not be organic though).

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