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. I feel like the comment I left on one of your podcasts got deleted so I thought I’d try here just in case I did something wrong. The podcast talked about how flax is estrogenic. I love this days oatmeal but it calls for flax. Have you tried to sub anything out for the flax? Also, I believe I’ve heard chia seeds are estrogenic too. I’d love to know your thoughts and if you have any substitution ideas. Thanks.

    • Hey, JP! Here’s a post that explains how the lignans in flax work as phytoestrogens in the body. I think this will help answer your question, but if you’re still not comfortable using flax/chia after that, feel free to use extra hemp hearts in their place. You could even try adding a small amount of gelatin to mimic the way flax and chia become sort of gelatinous in liquid. I hope this helps!

  2. Thank you for a great recipe Leanne… i was a bit confused as to why you would mention “2 carbs” as if they were a bit too many… i ate this happily even when i was close to reaching my carb count for the day and my oh my when i entered it on myfitnesspal i realized you meant over 20 carbs (it must be a typo in your recipe) and then it all made sense… 2 carbs seemed nothing to be concerned about…. 20 carbs is something to consider especially if you already had other carb sources throughout the day… I should’ve known thigh… I am familiar with the ingredients I don’t know why I didn’t think of it! I will definitely make it again though!!! So yummy!

  3. This was delicious! I never loved oatmeal but this is way better! I mixed with a little butter and threw in some raspberries. Definitely making this again! I divided in two or it would have been too much (probably could even divide by 3 but too good to stop eating!). I accidentally added the almond flour when cooking – no issues.

  4. OMG, this is awesome on a cold, snowy day! Found this in your book and finally made it today! I went nut free but added in crushed cacao nibs, flaked coconut, some collagen and then a dab of coconut oil on top for a whopping 900 calorie breakfast! I am trying to maintain my weight and I find it hard to eat enough calories but this could do it.

    I love your approach to keto, thanks for all your hard work in bringing all your knowledge to all of us!

    • Yum, that sounds amazing!

      I’m so glad you enjoy my approach–thanks for your support, Alexandra!

  5. I make a batch of this on Sunday and divide it into two bowls that I cover and store in the refrigerator to eat later during the week for my mornings I have to get to work early. To reheat, I just pour a little more almond milk on top and microwave for 2 minutes, 30 seconds, stir, and it’s good as fresh! Love sprinkling raspberries, blackberries, or a few walnuts on top. It’s wonderful to have a comforting bowl of this on cold mornings.

  6. Love this recipe. Who knew that this fair weather fan of oatmeal could fall in love with this mix! So good. Trying to find the best price for hemp hearts. So far Amazon. Any other sources since this is my new staple?

    • I’m so glad you love it! If you have a Costco where you live, they sell big bags of Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts for around $10 I believe. I’ve also heard that Trader Joes sells them for a good price.

  7. This is my favorite recipe from your book, The Keto Diet. I eat this once or twice a week, and my husband, who does not follow a Keto diet, loves this porridge.
    Thanks for all the good recipes and good information in your book.

  8. I didn’t like hemp milk, so I was skeptical about trying hemp hearts. But I tried them in my own little concoction and I loved it. Hemp hearts, chia seeds, flaxseed, shredded coconut, raw pumpkin seeds, almond slivers, cacao nibs, cashew milk and caramel flavored stevia. I’m going to try this recipe you have here. Sounds delicious!!

  9. This is verg delicious however, for weight loss… it’s a lot of calories in one bowl. I’m goinv to try dividing it in 4 for a more reasonable amount.

    • I’m glad you liked it! As long as you eat until you’re full and stop there, you should be good ;)

  10. Thank you! This was delicious! And hemp hearts really give me a boost of energy. Going to prepare the dry ingredients to make this ready to go next time.

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