Go Hawks & Some Easy Banana Teff Porridge

Good Morning & Happy Monday {MLK day too}! 
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! 
I’m pretty excited as in 2 weeks my favorite football team will be playing in SuperBowl 49!!!
Not gonna lie I was pretty frustrated yesterday afternoon watching them play crappy for the first 3 quarters of the game. Thank goodness Cash finally woke up from a nap 
(4 hrs later) and his added cheering helped push us to pull out a miracle win. 
Now they have two whole weeks to rest up and get it together… We better start out scoring points on February 1st because Brady won’t let up one bit!! {just my two cents}
No matter what we’ll be cheering!! Go Hawks!!!!!
Well, today marks Day 19 in our eating whole foods/cutting out processed foods/no dairy kick. We have another 3 weeks and then a big cheat day 🙂 Let’s be honest here hubby is doing a much better job of sticking to it 100%. Me on the other hand… I’m pregnant. I have a really really good excuse to eat some bread & cheese every once in awhile! If you follow regularly then you already know, we tend to eat on the healthy side of things, we’ve basically made this drastic change in hopes of some positive results for our overall family health. It most likely won’t become a permanent thing, but it is nice to up our veggie intake even more. Plus, I’m having so much fun playing in the kitchen & experimenting with new foods. So who knows what we’ll decide at the end of it all. One thing is for sure, I’ve really tried not to sacrifice flavor. I’ll admit, with some of the restrictions it can be tough. After all, It’s all about the results so… Who doesn’t love a good challenge!
This week I plan to share more recipes with you all! Don’t worry almost all of them have been fairly simple. It’s more about having the right ingredients on hand. Which just takes a few extra minutes of planning before you do your weekly grocery shopping. I’ve got to say I’m really starting to appreciate the planning out of our meals it does make for healthier choices all week long!! 
Today I’ve got a super simple breakfast idea. 
If you are a fan of oatmeal or grits this is a very close alternative. 
It is flavorful, filling and full of options to add variety! 
Have you ever cooked with Teff? It was a completely new grain to me until just a few weeks ago. 
Teff is the world’s smallest grain, it’s most commonly found in Ethiopian cuisine. Turns out it is high in protein (1/4 C has 7 grams) and packed with fiber, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. It is also gluten-free and high in resistant starch (a type of dietary fiber that helps to manage blood sugar, weight & colon health). That’s a grain I can work with!!
 I found this recipe after reading about Teff on a dear friends Facebook post, then searching what the heck I could make with it. I need to be sure to state: It’s not mine originally, it is off of another blog called eatingbirdfood.com She has some pretty great stuff on there. I will definitely be trying other recipes of hers in the near future!! Hope you enjoy as much as we did!
I give you Banana Almond Teff Porridge…
{I have made a few modifications to her original recipe}

Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole grain teff
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1½ cups Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla coconut almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin, organic, unrefined coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 banana, sliced (save a few slices for topping)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Bring a heavy saucepan to medium heat. Add teff, water, almond milk, coconut oil, cinnamon, banana slices and sea salt to the pan. Stir well to combine.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat to medium-low, cover and cook at a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Make sure you give the mixture a stir from time to time to prevent the teff from sticking. If the mixture gets too thick, you can add more water or almond milk.
  3. Once the teff has cooked and the texture is to your liking, portion into bowls. Top each bowl with extra banana slices. If you’re looking for more flavor add a drizzle of maple syrup. You can also add a little almond (or any nut) butter, fresh berries, or some crushed almonds. We are talking limitless possibilities. 
 Save your leftovers in the fridge to reheat all week long if it lasts that long.
Can’t wait to hear how your family likes it! 
Don’t forget to be creative and feel free to share your modifications in the comments 🙂
Have a wonderful day… See you all soon!
-xo-

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