My grain-free, protein rich version of a traditional comforting breakfast: Paleo Nutmeal
Oatmeal brings me tons of childhood memories. Growing up I was an extremely picky eater, there were about 5 things I could tolerate, but they needed to be spaced out with at least a week in between. Needless to say, meal times were always a torture. There were only three things that I looked forward to regularly: macaroni and cheese, flan, and oatmeal. Since then oatmeal has been sort of a comfort food for me and somehow my oldest daughter now feels the same way about it. Luckily for me, she eats most anything I put on her plate, but Paleo Nutmeal is something she always looks forward to.
If you don’t like cashews or you do not want to use a blender you can replace the cashews, water and dates for 1 1/4 cup of sweetened almond milk, Here is my recipe for it.
For a NUT-FREE version replace the cashew nuts and water for 1 1/4 cup of coconut milk.
Using a blender combine all the ingredients together, except the hemp seeds. Blend until the nuts are finely ground.
Pour the mixture in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking at the bottom of the pan.
When most of the liquid is absorbed, remove from heat, mix in the hemp seeds and desired toppings, and serve. You may add more water or almond meal if the consistency is too dry.
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All the controversy about sweeteners often confuses me. One day something is considered a healthy alternative to sugar, and the next day it’s considered brain damaging, toxin filled, cancer causing, liver enlarging, etc. Even the so-called experts can’t agree on this subject. So I decided to use this date paste as my sweetener. Granted it still contains natural sugars, but while studies currently seem to point towards Stevia being the healthiest sweetener, I am not ready to make the switch yet. I am waiting for more research and frankly I just can’t get past the after-taste of it.
While dates are not a low glycemic food there are packed with nutrients,fiber, and anti-oxidants. According to Organic Facts they contain healthy fats, iron, copper, calcium, sulphur, potassium, phosphorous, manganese and magnesium which are advantageous for health. It is said that consumption of one date daily is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet. Dates help in fighting constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, sexual weakness, diarrhea and abdominal cancer.
This date paste is great over pancakes, for sweetening drinks or baking as a replacement for honey or agave. Add cinnamon and spices to make a fruit dip. For other recipe ideas using date paste, click here.
1 cup of dry dates, packed (about 25 deglet dates)
1 cup of water.
In a medium bowl soak the dates in the water for about an hour. If you have a high power blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtech you may skip this step.
Transfer all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks