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It is the start of a new year. And with the start of a new anything, we all like to begin things on the right path. Right path might not be the appropriate word here, perhaps more like a different path. I don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions. They don’t work for me. And rather than make some and then feel like I’ve failed, I just don’t make them. I also believe that every day of every year should be no different than New Year’s day. Every day should be a new beginning, one where I try my very best.
Then the New Year rolls in. And like it or not, I do feel like it’s a chance to start fresh. Forget the past year, time to move on. And without making those impossible-to-stick-to resolutions, I tell myself that I will try my best. Try my best to be a better person. Try my best to find my way. To make different choices. To make healthier choices.
Making healthier choices usually involves food, and with the help of a new cookbook which I received as a Christmas gift, I look forward to making different choices with my meal planning. Not all the time, just sometimes. Against all Grain, by Danielle Walker, is a book consisting of gluten-free, grain-free & dairy-free recipes. After a quick glance at most recipes, I also noticed that they are sugar-free, with natural honey being the sweetener of choice. Danielle also blogs at againstallgrain.com, where she posts lovely recipes and chronicles her recovery from an autoimmune disease.
So, talking about new beginnings and starting fresh, I would like to share with you from Danielle’s book a delicious start to your day. Banana porridge. Both my daughter Charlotte and I just loved this porridge, welcoming its warmth and richness on the arctic mornings we’ve been having.
½ cup of raw cashews
½ cup of raw almonds
½ cup of raw pecans
Pinch of sea salt
2 cups of coconut milk
1 ripe banana
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
Place the nuts in a large bowl and sprinkle with sea salt. Add enough cold water to cover the nuts by at least 1 inch. Cover and let soak overnight. Drain the nuts and rinse 2 or 3 times, until the water runs clear.
Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. Pour the porridge into a saucepan and heat over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until warm and slightly thickened. You can eat as is. Or you can add some sliced banana, a sprinkle of cinnamon and drizzle with some honey. Oh, how yummy!
Very interesting recipe, using nuts as a substitute for the traditional oatmeal…..will give it a try 🙂
It’s so yummy Karen, you’ll love it!
Fae's Twist & Tango said:
This is very healthy alright, Lidia. My mouth is watering at this time of the evening. 😛
Oh, I hear you Fae! 🙂
Mama's Gotta Bake said:
Lidia, I’m with you with starting on the right path. This recipe is a great way to do it!
Let’s see how far my path will take me… 😉
Wow I big protein hit for breakfast, a fabulous way to start the day!
These are wonderful Lidia! Can’t wait to give them a go x
Sweet Dimple… thanks! 🙂
Elaine @ foodbod said:
I’ve made that recipe before too, isn’t it lovely??? Now that you’ve reminded me of it, I think I’ll be making it again very soon!! Thank you xx
I completely agree with your philosophy about every day being a new day, not just NYD; to me each day starts with a blank canvas ready to be filled with wonder all over again 😍
Oh, I just love this porridge. And I love the image you’ve created in my mind… each day is a blank canvas to be filled with wonder! LOVE that Elaine! I will remember that when I’m feeling down and out. xoxo
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Love this recipe!!! Full of protein and goodness with NO sugar or grains! I lovely way to start the day 😍
Oh… what an honour Elaine! Thank you! 🙂
Elaine @ foodbod said:
An absolute pleasure Lidia xx
Looks delicious Lidia! I don’t make New Year’s promises, rather I set a few goals just like you have…and try my best!
Yes, I think that’s really the way it should be for everyone! So much easier on our soul. 🙂
I agree about not making resolutions but instead set some goals. It sounds like you are off to a healthy start.
Like I said, every day is a new day and I’ll wake up being positive and try my best! 🙂
Delicious recipe I would love to try with dates for sweetness. Never make resolutions either, setting myself up for failure.
Oh yes Suzanne, dates is a genius idea! Glad to see resolutions are out of style. 🙂
I agree 100% about New Years and resolution making!
I’m glad. 🙂
I like the look of this! Need to do something after my holiday of tasting and eating my way trough a new country and then some.
Oh, I hear you girlfriend! Loud and clear!! 😉
Johnny Hepburn said:
Love all of those ingredients. And can’t quite get enough of nuts full stop. Ah, if only I had a food processor! The only nuts I can grind by hand are roasted walnuts and cashews.
I know, right? Beautiful nuts with coconut milk, how could you go wrong with that? You might be able to blitz this up in a blender if you’ve got a good one Johnny. Or try it with walnuts and cashews!
Ada ~ More Food, Please said:
How unique and delicious! Very interesting how this porridge base is made of nuts. Bookmarking this recipe–thanks for sharing! 🙂
Oh, it really is delicious! Hope you give it a try! 🙂
A Taste of Wintergreen said:
Beautiful post and an interesting recipe. I’ll give it a try. Every now and then I give grains a miss for a couple of days and always enjoy the challenge and the change. I’m with you about New Year’s – a good opportunity to refocus on what’s important and worthwhile.
I find going without grains quite the challenge. The cookbook I received has wonderful grain-free recipes and I’m quite thankful. I think everyone looks at the New Year as a time of reflection, no? It’s a good thing!
Gather and Graze said:
Love the idea of using the coconut milk and topping with bananas and honey – a somewhat tropical and exotic start to the day! 🙂
Yes Margot. Tropical and exotic to brighten up our spirit in this arctic climate! 🙂
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Would never think of grain free porridge and I love the idea! I find myself eating a handful of nuts (usually raw almonds) with a banana for breakfast quite often. I’m going to try this Lidia, it’s wonderful.
Thanks Seana! I wouldn’t have thought of it either if it wasn’t for that cookbook I received as a Christmas gift.
Oh how delicious! Yum!
Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward said:
Happy New Year, Lidia. It looks like you and Charlotte are off to the most delicious start. I can’t wait to try it. Snu Magoo would love the bananas and nuts! Best -Shanna
Well, a start to new adventures in food. Not always healthy, but we try! 🙂
Bam's Kitchen said:
Its like going to the tropics without ever leaving your house. Delicious way to start out any day.
Yes, that’s exactly it Bam. Except that I’d rather be in the Tropics than here right now!
Sounds like a great cookbook and new way to use nuts! I was listening to the radio on the bus one day and heard that nuts may be linked to longevity: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/21/246549388/nuts-for-longevity-daily-handful-is-linked-to-longer-life Yay!
Oh, that’s great! Longevity is a good thing. Thanks for that link Samantha.
Omg what a healthy and unique banana porridge. It looks extra delicious. Thanks for sharing!