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.
Put a medium saucepan over low-medium heat.
Add the cauliflower, coconut milk, and 1 cup nondairy milk and stir to combine.
Bring to a gentle boil then reduce heat to low.
Simmer for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add almond butter, almond flour, collagen, protein powder, chia seeds, maca, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
Continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes or until porridge reaches desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Add additional cashew milk if thinner consistency preferred.
Remove from heat and stir-in flaxseed meal, vanilla extract, and sweetener as desired.
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.