Gluten free, dairy free Linseed (Flaxseed) Porridge

walnuts, frozen cranberries and blueberries, pepitas, maple syrup and coconut milk

walnuts, frozen cranberries and blueberries, pepitas, maple syrup and coconut milk

Linseed, or flaxseed (they are the same thing) is and excellent addition to anyone's regular diet. Full of essential fatty acids (EFAs) especially Omega-3 fatty acids, lignans (antioxidant effects) and fibre. Because it is a seed, it is gluten free, and naturally low in carbohydrates. Health effects of flaxseed, and the best way to keep it are covered in this article on WebMD.

This quick and simple porridge recipe was originally taken from "Wheat Belly" by Dr William Davis (Rodale Books) and adapted by me for me. This of course means that you can adapt it for yourself. By listening to your body, you will know what you want and need in your porridge to keep yourself healthy.

organic whole golden linseed - about $6/kg

organic whole golden linseed - about $6/kg

I start with whole flaxseed - it keeps better and is much cheaper to buy. However, you have to grind it, otherwise, like corn and some other seeds, it comes out the way it goes in. This means the body doesn't get the benefits of the nutrients inside the seed. I used a single serve bullet blender and get an excellent grind, but I am sure a spice or coffee grinder would do the same.

the above-pictured whole flaxseed after being ground

the above-pictured whole flaxseed after being ground

Once ground, place about 1/4 cup per person into the milk of your choice (I use a mix of almond and coconut: about one cup), stir and warm over a low heat. Just warm - not boiling. While it's heating, throw in your fruit of choice. Frozen berries are easy but any fresh fruit would be delicious - a handful of each.

You can also add any spices you would like here. A lovely warming, digestively helpful mix would be cinnamon, cardamom, ground ginger, fennel seed, cloves and nutmeg. Or any combination of those that you like. Use a pinch of each, maybe 2 of cinnamon and ginger :)

Once the berries are defrosted or other fruits slightly cooked, add nuts and seeds - I used walnuts and pepitas - a handful of each. I think sunflower seeds and/or dried coconut would be great too, but I didn't have any.

To sweeten I used maple syrup (about a teaspoon per person) but you could use honey or coconut sugar or the natural sweetener of your choice. You can also add any superfoods you like at this point - cacoa powder, maca powder, ground chia or anything like that. The ground chia gives it the consistency of pureed banana, and, surprisingly, it gives a hint of banana flavour(!!).

Once you've mixed in your sweeteners and superfoods of choice, serve in a bowl like regular porridge. I love coconut so put a but more coconut milk on top. I love the buttery flavour of ghee (and I don't react to it like other dairy) and it helps my digestive tract, so I add some of that too.

And there it is - flaxseed porridge with berries, cinnamon, nuts and seeds, coconut milk and homemade ghee

And there it is - flaxseed porridge with berries, cinnamon, nuts and seeds, coconut milk and homemade ghee

So if you're after a healthy, warm, flexible breaky or snack, try it out. Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!