Carrot Cake Teff Porridge

by Julie on March 22, 2016

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Although spring has sprung here on the West Coast we still get lots of rain to nurture all the pretty flowers that are emerging daily–my favourite pretty part of spring of course!  But rainy blue days still call for cozy breakfasts to go along with my green juice.  This teff porridge is the perfect way to start your day.

No, it’s not white like cream of wheat (that old favourite from my childhood) but it does resemble it in texture since teff is such a teensy weensy grain, perhaps the smallest in the world!  Because it’s so tiny it actually packs way more punch!  The bulk of the seed is germ and bran thus very high in fiber, thiamine and iron. It is the highest in calcium of any grain, also containing Vitamin C which is rare for a grain.  It’s gluten free, high in resistant starch (a newly discovered type of dietary fiber) that helps to balance blood sugar levels (helpful for those healing from diabetes). It is also a gluten free grain.

If you are cooking for one this makes enough for a couple breakfasts-I am oh so happy to have it again and again and you will be too!-but double it if you have a gang to feed and want left overs.  It reheats beautifully with a dribble of almond milk to loosen it up. Don’t skip out on the finely grated carrot cuz that’s what really makes it- be generous here!

Carrot Cake Teff Porridge

***alkaline balanced -A low alkalizing breakfast along side a green juice is a great way to start your day off right!

Pre-prep: soak teff over night, drain & rinse in fine sieve. Soak cashew for 20 mins.

Yield: approx 2 cups- 2 generous servings or 3 smaller bowls- this is filling!

1/2c teff seeds
2 c almond milk (use 1/4 c extra if not soaking)
6 drops stevia
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp ground allspice
pinch of ground cloves
1 or 2 carrots finely grated carrot – about 1/2 carrot per serving or more
*creamy cashew milk see recipe below

Note-If making cashew milk, soak nuts now.
Wisk together all ingredients except the carrots in a medium sized pot, bring to boil and turn down to low and simmer til liquid is absorbed, approx 12-15 mins. Remove from heat and cover with lid for 5 mins. Meanwhile grate the carrot.  Spoon into serving bowls and top generously with finely grated carrots and top w/ lots of creamy cashew milk.


Creamy Cashew Milk (make this while the teff is cooking)

Yield: 3/4 cup
1/2 c cashews- soaked 20 mins in filtered water, rinsed and drained- can use almonds     instead or in combination
2/3 c filtered water (fresh water not soaking water)
1/4 tsp vanilla, alcohol free
3 drops stevia, liquid alcohol free

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and process til creamy.  If you don’t have a strong blender combine til as smooth as possible and strain if you want to be fussy or leave as is. Keeps for a couple days in the fridge.


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Mmmmm this is making me hungry for breakfast and I just finished dinner!  I hope you enjoy  this tasty nutritious brekky as a break from your usual morning routine.

A few things I’d like to mention if you don’t mind….

If you are interested in a better peek of my pretty studio check out the March Issue of Where Women Cook for a 10 page spread with 2 recipes from my book. You’ll find it at Indigo or Chapters and sometimes Costco or you can order it from Amazon.

And there’s an interview I did on my creative process if you are keen to check it out here.

Also….if you have purchased my book and you love it please take a moment to leave a Comment here on Amazon This will help the ratings of my book so it becomes more visible in that it reaches more people who need to return to health.  I would so appreciate it!

And lastly, Instagram is where I try to post something daily. You may enjoy the mini recipes that I share there and the pretty visuals to inspire your day. Check it out and follow if you wish, it’s a fun place to be!

With Spring here it’s a perfect time to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors and move your body in an alkalizing way to circulate that lymph and flush acids from your body.  Exercising in a way where you break a sweat but don’t over do it to cause excessive lactic acid is ideal.  If you are an extreme athlete I highly recommend balancing your workout with greens powders in water before during and after to neutralize and flush excessive acids from the body.

Until next time….Happy Alkalizing and Happy Spring!



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After a whirlwind book launch media tour I’m happy to be ‘home sweet home’ with my family and my Vitamix!  It was exciting to be on National Television and even interviewed by Sarah Richardson on Global TV in Toronto, love her!  Sharing my story with viewers and hearing feed back about the health challenges so many people face has made this journey even more fulfilling, knowing that my book can really help to inspire and make a difference for so many people’s lives.  It’s a pretty book but it’s an important book too! I hope my book becomes the most dog eared and tattered book on your shelf!  Now if I could be so brazen as to ask any of you whom have had a good read over the book and are enjoying it to add a comment on Amazon I would be ever so grateful!  It’s one of the best ways to share and inspire other readers to order a copy and get the Alkaline word out! The Amazon Canada link is here and the Amazon US is here. Thank you!

Now….drum roll……I’m soooo excited to share the winners of the draws for a free copy of my book!

Darleen Larney Torrance

Florence Bianco

Ali Jude

Thank you to everyone for their kind words in the comments from my last post, for subscribing and for liking my Facebook page!  If the winners would please message me with their addresses, Penguin Random House will mail you a free copy of my book, Yay! Congratulations!

This week I have a recipe that didn’t fit between the 300 pages of my book but is a great recipe for an alkaline start to your morning.  By all means add more protein if need be by way of your favourite protein powder or hemp seeds too!  Protein requirements vary person to person depending on your activity levels and your other meals throughout the day so be sure to customize your meals accordingly.

Avocado Breakfast Bowl with Zesty Lime, Fresh Mint and Pistachios

I sometimes call it breakfast gazpacho!  It’s a yummy nutritious way to start the day while pampering your digestive track and feeding your brain with all the healthy fats.

***purely alkaline- avoid pistachios if you are doing the veggie feast or a cleanse

Yield: One Serving, about 1 cup
1 avocado
4 drops alcohol free stevia
juice of one lime
1/2 cup cucumber, roughly chopped
18-24 fresh mint leaves
1/8 tsp lime zest
teensy pinch of sea salt
2 tbsp melted Extra Virgin coconut oil
chopped pistachios, optional
wee bit more lime zest

Place Avocado, stevia and lime juice in blender, combine til creamy. Next add cucumber, lime zest, sea salt and coconut oil. Blend til smooth & creamy.  Finally, add mint leaves and process just til combined and mint is minced but still visible.
Pour into serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped pistachio and a fresh grate of lime zest.
Enjoy with a spoon or a straw perhaps.


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As promised here is another digital illustration from my book for this incredibly nutritious and cleansing Blender Greens  Master Recipe.  This gives you all the recommended options for creating a blended green drink if you don’t have a juicer OR if you just prefer to blend instead of juice your veggies.  Be sure to post it to your Pinterest board or your Facebook so you can find it when you are ready for it.


I’m looking forward to the continued blossoming trees of spring in our neighborhood as the days get longer, brighter and warmer.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

A Green Blender Drink Cheer to you!


Your Alkaline Sister



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