Nutrition Highlights of Grain-Free Blueberry Baked Porridge
This homey, baked breakfast is all of the following, and more:
Very high in fiber
Refined sugar free
Keto-friendly (with just two minor ingredient tweaks)
Most importantly, these squares are incredibly delicious. All told, they are a beautiful thing on a frigid February morning.
How to Make Coconut Flour Blueberry Baked Porridge
Onward with this easy recipe!
Begin by combining all of the dry ingredients, except the baking powder, in a big bowl. Stir in the water, mashed banana and vanilla. You can add a bit of maple syrup or the sweetener of your choice, too, but I think the porridge is plenty sweet with the banana, and even more so once the blueberries have baked (and burst). It’s up to you!
It will seem like a lot of liquid to dry ingredients, but only for a moment: thickening occurs in seconds, and after standing for 10 minutes it will be quite thick and stiff. Coconut flour is the reason; it can absorb a tremendous volume of liquid, far more than grain flours.
Oh, and if you are thinking, “Banana! I don’t like banana!!!”, fear not: I have a variation in the recipe for using unsweetened applesauce instead :).
Once the porridge mixture is thick, stir in the baking powder and spread in a 9-inch square baking pan lined with parchment paper. You can stir in the blueberries first, but I prefer scattering them over the surface once the batter in the pan. If you like, follow my lead and sprinkle a few tablespoons of pepitas on top for a bit of toasty crunch, as well as color.
After a 50 to 55 minute bake at 375F (190C), you have this gorgeous pan of goodness. It tastes even better than it looks! The texture is a cross between baked oatmeal and bread pudding. Umm, yes please.
Let the porridge cool for at least 20 minutes before lifting out of the pan (use the parchment paper overhang) and cutting into squares. Be gentle; though the baked porridge holds together well, it needs gentle handling while still warm. You’ll have no problems with handling the squares once they are completely cooled, or chilled.
I know you are going to LOVE these porridge squares!
How to Make the Recipe Keto-Friendly
Making the porridge keto-friendly is simple. Simply swap the bananas for unsweetened applesauce (you can add a bit of keto-friendly sweetener, if you like).
The amount of blueberries per square is low (and, hence, keto-friendly), but if you want to keep the sugars especially low, use raspberries or blackberries instead. I’ve calculated the macros for the keto option using blackberries.
Preheat the oven to 375F (190C). Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving paper overhand on both sides (for easy removal later). Lightly oil or spray the exposed sides.
In a large bowl, combine the coconut flour, flaxseed meal, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the water, bananas, (optional) sweetener, and vanilla until completely blended. Let stand for 10 minutes.
Stir the baking powder into the batter; spread evenly into prepared pan. Scatter with blueberries, gently pressing into batter. If using, sprinkle with pepitas.
Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes until deep golden brown and set at the center. Cool at least 20 minutes before lifting out of the pan (use the parchment paper overhang). Cut into 9 squares. Serve warm, room temperature, or chilled.
Storage:Store the cooled squares in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or the freezer for up to 6 months.
Banana Tips:It will take approximately 2 large bananas to equal 1 cup mashed. Be sure to use very ripe (lots of brown on the peel, very soft) bananas.
Banana Options: An equal amount of unsweetened applesauce can be used in place of the mashed banana. However, the squares will not be as sweet, so you will likely want to add some of the optional sweetener.
KETO OPTION: (1) replace the banana with unsweetened applesauce; (2) replace the blueberries with an equal amount of blackberries or raspberries; (3) If adding sweetener, use a keto-friendly sweetener (dry or liquid).
Keto version macros: Calories (75), Fat (2.3 g), Sat Fat (0.1 g), Total Carbs (12.7 g), Fiber (6 g), Sugars (3.4 g), Protein (2.2 g)
Could I use gluten free flour instead of coconut flour?
Thursday 25th of July 2019
I do not think that would work for this recipe. Coconut flour has a very different texture from all other flours, and the proportions are very different , too (i.e., only a small amount of coconut flour is used in comparison to the amount of other flours for most recipes). You could probably adapt the recipe using almond meal or almond flour, but you would need to play around with the volume of both the almond flour and liquid.