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.
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….
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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!