Coconut Squash Porridge was something I loved having for breakfast while following a strict Elimination Diet. It’s vegan-optional, grain-free, dairy-free, AIP-friendly and overall allergen-free. It’s as if squash soup and oatmeal had a delicious baby. It keeps well in the fridge, so you can heat some up the next day and add the toppings before serving.
Should I include collagen?
If you are following an Elimination Diet, I would recommend including collagen. Collagen is very healing for the gut lining and an easy-to-digest source of protein. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies - it’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, the digestive system and tendons. Collagen is the protein that helps give our skin strength and elasticity, and it helps replace dead skin cells.
As we get older, our body’s collagen production naturally begins to slow down. This is why we develop signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin and joint pains due to weaker or decreased cartilage.
How do I make this Coconut Squash Porridge vegan/vegetarian?
The recipe can be made vegan/vegetarian by omitting the collagen. I would recommend using hemp hearts as a source of protein (however, strict Elimination Diets typically do not allow hemp hearts). Three tablespoons of hemp hearts will have 10g of vegan protein. For most people, you want to get at least 20g of protein per meal. You can try to include more protein later in the day if you need it!