Keto Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge: Just Nuts + Seeds!

Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge: Just Nuts + Seeds! #keto #lowcarb #paleoA keto and grain-free porridge made with just nuts and seeds. Over 24 grams of fiber in every bowl. A hearty meal that’s gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, low-carb, keto, and paleo.

Porridge is good, especially with the weather we’ve been having. I tracked how much time I spent shoveling snow last week… 2 ½ hours. That’s insanity – secretly I love it, so much more refreshing than heading to a stuffy gym. The dogs were playing in the snow, I was listening to music, but I digress.

Porridge. Porridge is great… if you eat oats. Heck, even if you eat quinoa or amaranth; the grain-free “seeds” of the porridge world, porridge can be your thing. But, for many of us who can’t digest grains AND have a challenging time with quinoa and amaranth, porridge just isn’t in the cards.

Until now.

Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge: Just Nuts + Seeds! #keto #lowcarb #paleo

Did you know? Hemp hearts act like oats? You bet. They don’t absorb liquids like oats do, but add them to a pot with keto porridge-like ingredients and BOOM, you have yourself a keto porridge.

I used organic Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts for this keto recipe. I like using their hemp hearts because they’re locally produced, I’ve met the team, I’ve seen the facility, I love their message and I’ve even drummed with them (there may have been dancing, too).

New to the world of hemp hearts? My pals at Manitoba Harvest created this fun infographic that outlines just how easy hemp hearts are to use. And now that you know how similar they are to oats, you could potentially make keto cookies with them, different keto and grain-free porridge recipes, and more.

Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge: Just Nuts + Seeds! #keto #lowcarb #paleo

I’ve tested this keto recipe multiple different ways, you can have a lot of fun with it. Today, I’m giving you the basic keto template. From there, you could add egg whites, egg yolks, grass-fed collagen, replace the ground almonds with more seeds if you’re sensitive to nuts, different spices for different flavors, eggnog in place of milk, you name it. PLAY.

(and then share what you did so we can all try it, too!)

Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge: Just Nuts + Seeds! #keto #lowcarb #paleo

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Keto Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge
Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free, Low-Carb, Keto
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Serves: 1
A grain-free, keto porridge made with only nuts and seeds. Over 24 grams of fiber in every bowl, a hearty meal that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, low-carb and paleo.
  • ¼ cup crushed almonds or almond flour
  1. Add all ingredients but the ground almonds and toppings to a small saucepan. Stir until combined, then heat over medium heat, just until it begins to boil lightly. No need to cover.
  2. Once bubbling lightly, stir once over and leave to cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat, stir in crushed almonds, and drop into a bowl. Top with toppings and eat immediately.
Making Ahead: I have not tried making this keto recipe ahead of time and eating it later. I’m not sure if it would get too sticky?
Nut-free: If you can't do nuts, simply replace the ground almonds with crushed sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
Digestion: If you're sensitive to nuts and seeds, you could try soaking the ingredients beforehand.

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Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge: Just Nuts + Seeds! #keto #lowcarb #paleoNote for those following a low-carb, ketogenic eating style as outlined in my book, The Keto Beginning. It’s best to enjoy this keto recipe before bed, as your last meal of the day. The reason being is although the net carbs for this keto recipe are a little over 2 grams, the shot of carbohydrates (regardless of the net carbs) may affect your blood sugar, depending on how sensitive you are to carbohydrates. It’s therefore best to do this at night so that your body has the glucose it needs for healing. Consuming foods that do this to your blood sugar in the morning, inhibits your body’s ability to burn fat during the day.

On to how to make your keto porridge…

Add all of the keto ingredients (but crushed almonds and toppings) into your saucepan.

Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge: Just Nuts + Seeds! #keto #lowcarb #paleo

Cook until it looks like this, below. You don’t want it overly “gummy” as it will firm up while it cools. You don’t need to cook this keto porridge too long, just a couple of minutes to heat things up.

Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge: Just Nuts + Seeds! #keto #lowcarb #paleo

Drop in the crushed almonds, and give it a good stir.

Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge: Just Nuts + Seeds! #keto #lowcarb #paleo

Transfer to a pretty bowl, top with additional keto goodies and dig in!

Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge: Just Nuts + Seeds! #keto #lowcarb #paleo

And! Manitoba Harvest just launched a New Year, New You campaign where they’re kicking off 2015 by giving away the products from other brands that they love – Natural Vitality, Yoga Journal, New Chapter, NutriBullet and more. I know how much you all love free (healthy) goodies, so I wanted to mention it to you. The best way to stay updated on the giveaway happenings is to follow Manitoba Harvest on Facebook.

Grain-free Hemp Heart Porridge: Just Nuts + Seeds! #keto #lowcarb #paleo

You’ve likely seen Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts at Costco and other big chain grocery stores….

What keto recipes have you made with them so far? I’d love to hear about your keto hemp adventures! I have SO many hemp hearts in my freezer waiting to be gobbled up.

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  1. Tried this for dinner tonight. Followed the recipe closely and it turned out pretty good for being sugar free and keto. By the end of the serving it dried up pretty quickly, still good though.
    Ive been struggling to get enough fiber in my keto diet, going to add this to my recipe bookmarks and maybe try with other flavors as well.

    • Thanks for sharing, Jerry! If you try any delicious flavor combos, feel free to let us know :)

  2. Me and my son loved this for breakfast this morning. Used pumpkin seeds instead of almonds and Added collagen powder at the very end for added nutrition. Awesome texture

  3. can you just soak hemp seeds overnight as with the overnight oats instead of making a porridge?

  4. Omg I made this tonight and it was so good! My daughter and i devoured the whole pot! We have been craving some kind of cereal and this hit the spot! I added some blueberries at the end and a little bit of all natural maple flavor and a l bit of earth balance for a buttery taste! So good! Thanks for the recipe , we are definitely gonna be making this a lot!

    • I’m so glad you both enjoyed it! Adding blueberries is a fabulous idea ;)

  5. I love this idea! definitely in need of an oats supplement. Could I make this w/o flax meal?

  6. Just tried this since I was missing my morning oatmeal and wow! Better than oatmeal! ❤️It

  7. I made this without almond flour, the sweetener, or the toppings, and subbed in a T of almond butter and a T of unsweetened shredded coconut (Let’s do Organic is a great brand) – turned out amazing! Made 3 servings’ worth for me.

  8. Hi there. Thanks for the recipe. It was really yummy. But I had a question. How did you figure out your macros? I imported your recipe to my fitness pal and it’s totally different macro amounts. Just not sure what to put in to track. Thank you.

    • I’m glad you liked it! I used an online nutrition tracker. Since My Fitness Pal has mostly user submitted info, the information can often be incorrect. Be sure to check for funky info (for example, you might plug in hemp hearts but only the calories are listed and no fat, protein, or carb content). I hope this helps!

    • I’ve found that MFP user submitted stuff is largely useless – I create my own of everything, and label it with something like Mine**, and don’t submit it for everyone to use. It takes a lot longer, but when I search for stuff, I can immediately tell what’s MINE, and thus with correct information.

  9. I too have read that flax seeds and chia seeds are high for estrogen levels. Do you have any other suggestions to thicken up this cereal without using them. I really enjoy the taste BUT want to eliminate flax & chia from my diet. Thanks for all the great recipes you post.

    • I haven’t tried it myself, but a bit of gelatin (a teaspoon or so) may do the trick! I’d love to know how it goes if you try it :)

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