Good morning, porridge!

By | January 30, 2014

Faux-tmeal 5

I’ve been flirting with this whole “Paleo” thing recently. I haven’t given up dairy or grains yet, but I love the idea of including vegetables in curious places. So when I stumbled across this recipe for “Faux-tmeal,” from Melissa over at CupcakesOMG, I knew the acorn squash languishing on my kitchen counter wasn’t long for this world.

That’s right, people: acorn squash.  For breakfast. Okay, sure, it seems a little weird.  But I like squash and I like breakfast, so why not?

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I tweaked Melissa’s recipe a little bit, adding more shredded coconut and a pile of chopped pecans.

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I didn’t have any cardamom in the cupboard, so I subbed in pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract.

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And, I used some of the fancy maple syrup that my lovely sent over from New England.

The result was a chewy, hearty mash that tasted like eating pie for breakfast.  It made more than enough to feed us breakfast for the next few days, so I packed it into mason jars to make it easy to eat on the go.  Yum!

Faux-tmeal 1[3]

Acorn squash porridge

Adapted from Faux-tmeal (Paleo Oatmeal) by Melissa at CupcakesOMG

  • 1 acorn squash, roasted until soft
  • 1 cup coconut milk (plus a little more to adjust texture)
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped.

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the squash, coconut milk, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup.
  2. Using a potato masher, mash the squash and mix well.
  3. Cook over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Incorporate the shredded coconut and chopped pecans and mix well. If too thick, add coconut milk until desired consistency is reached.

Serve hot; leftovers taste great when reheated.

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