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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dairy-free Cornmeal Porridge (Cooked Cereal)

I used to love milk. Here in Dominica, evaporated milk is the milk of choice and I loved it. I would use almost half a can in just one cup of tea. When making cooked cereals like the one below I would definitely use more than a can.

Dairy-free cornmeal porridge

We gave up milk and cheese and it's by-products a few years ago. So now we enjoy our porridge without milk and sometimes with coconut milk. In my milk days I would never have thought I would be able to enjoy porridge without milk but it's been okay. I just make sure I use plenty of whatever spices I put in and I'm good to go.

So if you're lactose intolerant or you've chosen like me to stay away from cow's milk, here's a cooked cereal for you to enjoy. Just remember to add plenty of spices like I said.  In the picture below I added grated nutmeg and raisins to it.

Dairy-free cornmeal porridge with nutmeg and raisins

Dairy-free Cornmeal Porridge

2 cups cornmeal
8 cups water
1 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
Almond essence/extract
Vanilla essence/extract

Boil half of the water with the cinnamon and bay leaves.  While they spices are steeping, add the remaining water to the cornmeal in a bowl. Stir well.  Add cornmeal to the boiling water, stirring constantly.  Keep stirring until cornmeal is cooked. If it gets too thick add some more hot water.  Add the sugar and the essences close to the end.  Serve and enjoy!

P.S. In this recipe I used cinnamon and bay leaves. Sometimes I use other spices like lemongrass and pwev geenay(don't know the english name for it).

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  1. Yum, yum, yum! I had to give up dairy just a couple weeks ago because I was having an allergic reaction so now, in my mid-thirties, I'm trying to find great foods to eat minus the dairy. I never realized how much dairy I ate/drank each day until I gave it up

  2. I use to eat a lot, a lot, did I say a lot? of dairy. I never thought I could do without it. It's not so bad after all. You just have to get used to adding lots of spices depending on what you're making.
    Blessings on your dairy-free journey. You will notice improvements in your health for sure.

  3. You can use coconut milk and ripe bananas also in your cornmeal or oatmeal porridge.

  4. You can use coconut milk and ripe bananas also in your cornmeal or oatmeal porridge along with raisins.

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