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CAULIFLOWER & COLLAGEN "NOATS"

I love this grain-free cauliflower porridge.  Honestly, don't knock it till you've tried it.  My hubby and kids could not tell it was cauliflower until I told them.  Riced cauliflower blends beautifully with coconut, almond, and warming spices to make a creamy and delicious brekkie.  And just like my no-oats recipes made with zucchini and sweet potato, this probiotic and superfood-boosted version is packed with healthy fats and protein for a complete and satisfying meal.

Cauliflower is one of my fav veggies.  It is incredibly versatile and rich in vitamins & minerals, fibre, and disease-fighting glucosinolates, phenols and other powerful phytochemicals.  Because of its low-cal, high fibre status, cauliflower is great for constipation and healthy weight control.  It also contains compounds that help to balance hormones and support liver function.

Cruciferous vegetables — a family that includes cauliflower along with broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts — have been getting a lot of attention of late.  Studies suggest that these nutritional powerhouses may have a role in preventing chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and even certain cancers.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 1.5 cups riced cauliflower

  • 1 can (1.5 cups) organic coconut milk

  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or other nondairy milk) plus more as needed

  • 2 Tbsp almond butter

  • 1/2 cup almond meal

  • 2 packets Crushed Tonic probiotic collagen + turmeric (optional, see note)*

  • 2 scoops natural or vanilla protein powder of choice

  • 2 Tbsp white chia seeds

  • 1 Tbsp maca powder (optional)

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 2 Tbsp gluten-free flaxseed meal

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • optional pure stevia, raw honey (nonvegan) or maple syrup to sweeten as desired

  • optional toppings: nuts or seeds, nut butter, raw cacao nibs, unsweetened toasted coconut flakes, bee pollen, maple syrup, nondairy milk

*Notes: Each packet Crushed Tonic contains 10g marine collagen, 1 billion units probiotics, 1,000 mcg biotin and approximately 2g turmeric powder.  Another option is to use 2 scoops collagen peptides of choice plus 1 to 2 tsp of turmeric powder.  For a vegan option, omit the collagen and just add turmeric powder.  Note that the black pepper enhances the bioavailability of curcumin, the active anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric.

Directions:

  1. Put a medium saucepan over low-medium heat.

  2. Add the cauliflower, coconut milk, and 1 cup nondairy milk and stir to combine.

  3. Bring to a gentle boil then reduce heat to low.

  4. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add almond butter, almond flour, collagen, protein powder, chia seeds, maca, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.

  6. Continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes or until porridge reaches desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Add additional cashew milk if thinner consistency preferred.

  7. Remove from heat and stir-in flaxseed meal, vanilla extract, and sweetener as desired.

  8. Serve immediately with your favourite toppings or store in an air-tight container for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Enjoy cold or reheat before serving.

Here I have topped my brekkie bowl with cashew nut butter, raw cacao nibs, toasted coconut, and bee pollen.  I also added some cashew nut milk and a drizzle of pure maple syrup for the kids after the photo was taken. 

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