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GOLDEN MILK "CAULI-NOATS" with Tiger Nuts & Collagen

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This is a new spin on my cauliflower no-oats porridge.  Honestly, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it — my hubby & kids didn’t know it was cauli until I told them.  Sooooo good!!

Anyway, for today's brekkie, I used tiger nuts for the first time and loved them.  As in my original recipe, this pre- and probiotic version is packed with antioxidants, fibre, healthy fats & protein for a complete and satisfying meal.

What are Tiger Nuts?

Tiger nuts are not actually nuts but starchy tubers.  They have a slightly sweet, earthy, nutty flavour and are incredibly rich in resistant starch, making them a great gut-health-promoting prebiotic (to learn more click here).  Unlike other starchy vegetables, tiger nuts are also a good source of healthy fats.

Cauliflower Power

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 broccoli, kale and brussel 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.

Golden Milk Cauli-Noats Recipe

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 1 cup riced cauliflower

  • 1 can (1 1/2 cups) canned organic full-fat coconut milk

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut

  • 2 Tbsp ground tiger nuts

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

  • 1 scoop Nuzest Clean Lean natural or vanilla protein powder (optional)

  • 1 Tbsp gelatinized maca powder (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon

  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom

  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

  • 1/4 cup gluten-free flaxseed meal

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • optional Lakanto monkfruit, pure stevia, raw honey (nonvegan) or maple syrup, adjusted to taste

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

*Note: 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 Tbsp collagen 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 medium heat.

  2. Add the cauliflower, coconut milk, desiccated coconut, and tiger nuts, 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 collagen, protein powder, maca, cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper.

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

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

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

Here I topped my brekkie bowl with raw pistachios, toasted coconut, and bee pollen.  I also added some cashew butter and cashew milk after the photo was taken.