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Oat-free cinnamon porridge

• Level: Easy
• Time: 25 minutes 
• Makes: 2 servings 

Porridge without the oats! Here, sweet potato and tiger nuts are used as a substitute. Combined with the coconut milk, cinnamon and vanilla, it becomes a deliciously creamy and comforting dish. It is very easy to make and can be made the night before if desired and simply reheated. You can also double up on the ingredients to make meals for two days, as the mixture will keep covered in the fridge for up to two days. It can also be frozen. If you want to add in some protein then mix in some collagen powder. 


• 200g peeled sweet potato 
• 100g blanched/naked tiger nuts 
• 400ml coconut milk 
• 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon 
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla powder (optional) 
• Sea salt / Himalayan pink salt 


1. Coarsely grate the sweet potato using a food processor with a grater attachment if possible (the quickest way). Alternatively, do it manually using the larger side of a grater.  

2. Place the gratings onto a large chopping board and using a large sharp knife spend a minute roughly chopping the gratings so they resemble grains.  

3. Add the sweet potato to a medium-sized pan, with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, the vanilla and a pinch of salt. Blitz the tiger nuts with the coconut milk in a blender and add to the pan. Stir well, cover and cook on a low heat for 20 minutes checking & stirring regularly.  

4. Remove the lid. Check for consistency and texture. If the mix is too runny, continue to cook without the lid until it reaches your desired consistency. If too thick, then add a little water.   

5. Remove from the heat and taste, adding more cinnamon if required.