Apple-Cinnamon N’Orridge (Paleo, AIP)

Apple-Cinnamon N’Orridge (Paleo, AIP)

Eliminating eggs was a big part of the reason I was so wary of starting AIP, and, to be entirely honest, I don’t even really like eggs all that much! But like most people who eat paleo, I turned to eggs as a quick go-to, a convenient and economical source of protein, especially at breakfast, that start-of-the-day meal when time is of the essence and convenience is appreciated.

As I continued to think more seriously about committing to AIP, I was drawing a blank about how breakfast-time would pan out (har har har). I had become so accustomed to eating eggs in the morning that I was a bit gobsmacked as to what I’d be nomming on for that first meal of the day.

That’s when a most lovely and supportive fellow Instagram-er, let me know about the Whole30 adage: Think of what we eat during the day as Meal 1, 2, and 3 rather than breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is an especially salient suggestion for anyone who follows AIP because those “traditional” breakfast foods like eggs or paleo-style bread and muffins (invariably made with nut flour) are highly allergenic and need to be eliminated so as not to cause further inflammation.

While I’ve come a long way from the morning bacon-and-eggs routine and will often be found sipping bone broth and eating organ meats along with green leafy vegetables for that early-morning Meal 1, there are times when I just want to tuck into something, well, breakfast-y.

Enter Cinnamon-Apple N’orridge – totes paleo, totes AIP, and totes delicious! I eat a warm bowl of this N’orridge along with a serving of protein, and I’m set until Meal 2!

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Apple-Cinnamon N'Orridge
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 can of coconut milk (aim for guar gum free and BPA free)
  • ½ cup of cauliflower rice
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups of grated apple
  • 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: honey, maple syrup, or chopped dates* to sweeten
  1. Mix the coconut milk, cauliflower rice, shredded coconut, grated apple, vanilla, and cinnamon in a pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes. *If you opt for the addition of chopped dates, then do so during the simmering process.
  2. Serve warm, although this dish is nice cold (almost like a rice pudding, especially if you add a few raisins!)

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Martine Partridge, founder of Eat Heal Thrive, is an eater of whole, nourishing, real food. She is also a combatter of Crohn's Disease. Martine wholeheartedly believes that food is the fulcrum for good health and has had wonderful results in managing autoimmunity by eating to heal, and healing to thrive.

There are 37 comments for this article
  1. Alice at 5:42 am

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    This is soo good, I added added a few raisins.
    Great hot or cold.
    Trying not too eat it all in one sitting 🙂

    • Martine Partridge Author at 4:36 am

      Hi, Inna. I use Natural Value Organic Coconut milk because the cans are BPA-free and the coconut milk contains no guar gum. I would recommend any brand that is guar gum and BPA free, but this is the only one I’ve been able to find in Canada.

  2. Laura at 5:01 pm

    this recipe souds great, but I´m curious about the cauliflower rice. Is that the raw grated cauliflower florets?

    • Martine Partridge Author at 7:42 pm

      Hi, Laura. Thanks for stopping by the blog. To answer your question, yes: cauliflower rice is grated raw cauliflower florets. I throw my florets into the food processor with the grater attachment. Enjoy! 🙂

    • Martine Partridge Author at 8:22 pm

      Hi, Ruth. You can add a side of just about anything you want — the options are endless! 🙂 If you eat eggs, then I imagine those would go well along with the N’Orridge. I often pair this with back bacon or some breakfast sausages.

  3. Elise at 10:51 am

    I am munching on a bowl of this for breakfast and I have to say…it’s genius!! You really can’t taste the cauliflower (although you can smell it a little), and the whole thing really tastes filling and comforting.

    I loved oatmeal and I’m thrilled to find an AIP alternative. Thank you for this recipe!! 🙂 I’m excited to try several others from your site now.

  4. Joanna at 12:53 am

    Lovely Martine – just had to let you know my sister is systematically making her way through the Wellness Bundle. She rang me yesterday RAVING about the amazing breakfast she had made. It was your Apple-Cinnamon N’Orridge.

    It’s pretty chilly of a morning down here at the mo’, so I’ll be trying this recipe tomorrow.

    AND, your marshmallows are going gangbusters in the Australian AIP group. You’re FAMOUS!!!

  5. Ariel at 4:42 pm

    Thank you Martine 🙂 I’m so glad to find this recipe and can’t wait to try it! I’ve just started on the AIP and I sure miss my breakfast food. I’ve read on one AIP site to avoid vanilla beans initially on the AIP (which vanilla extract is made of) while another site mentioned alcohol free vanilla extract is allowed. Am therefore a little confused if I can use alcohol free vanilla extract for this recipe.

    • Martine Partridge Author at 12:03 am

      Hi, Ariel. I’m glad this recipe caught your eye — it’s a popular one. 😉 Super delish — I just made a batch this week and added blueberries. About the vanilla: Sarah Ballantyne lists vanilla powder (just be sure to check ingredients) as an allowable elimination-phase food. You can sub 1:1 with that one. You can also purchase an alcohol-free vanilla, which many AIPers use in their recipes. And, finally, you could simmer the mixture for longer and “cook off” the alcohol present in the regular vanilla extract. Sarah Ballantyne also has a chart detailing Alcohol Cook-off Times on page 82 of The Paleo Approach Cookbook. Hope that helps!

      • Ariel at 12:41 pm

        Thank you so much for the reply Martine 😉 Appreciate it a great deal! LOL I’m hungry just reading about the batch you made with blueberries! I must admit it took me a while to understand with the brain fog and being unwell. Love what you’re doing for all the AIPers out there 🙂 thank you!

        • Martine Partridge Author at 4:39 pm

          Hang in there, Ariel. Once your body starts to heal that brain fog will dissipate and eventually disappear altogether. We’ve all been there. 😉 Thanks for your kind words. I’m grateful to be able to help others through my own experiences of using food as medicine.

  6. Ariel at 6:23 pm

    😉 Thanks for the encouragement, Martine. It’s really heartwarming to know that there are supportive and kind souls like you out there. You’ve been really helpful and patient. Please keep up the great work! One last question, this recipe is only alright once I’m done with the Whole30 if I’m not wrong? Just realised I started the AIP all wrong.

    • Martine Partridge Author at 1:48 pm

      You’re right. This recipe is not Whole30 compliant because of the vanilla extract. You could leave it out to make it Whole30 approved. I believe the dates that I suggest as optional are a Whole30 gray area since the idea with a Whole30 is to help control those sugar demons. 😉

  7. Ariel at 5:20 am

    That’s fantastic! 😉 Can hardly wait to try all your Whole30 AIP recipes! Thank you so much once again, Martine. Truly appreciate your help 🙂 Hope you’ve a lovely day ahead! x

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  9. Jody at 5:42 am

    Thanks for the idea! I’ve tried the squash porridge (with tapioca starch) and it’s tasty but it reminds me of warm pudding. Cauliflower rice gives that oatmeal texture I’ve been missing.

  10. Sandi at 12:06 am

    I just made this and it’s AMAZING!! My doctor has me doing a rather intense six week detox and I’ve been searching AIP recipes, because they’re the closest to what I can eat right now. I was desperate for a treat and this hits the spot! Since I love getting extra veggies anywhere I can, I tripled the cauliflower and made it without any of the optional sweeteners. It was plenty sweet with just the apple!. Granted I haven’t eaten sugar in well over a year, but I do use honey, maple syrup and dates when I’m not detoxing. I also used vanilla bean powder instead of liquid vanilla since that’s what I usually use anyway. So good! Thank you!

  11. Anna at 9:27 am

    Hi Martine. Just tried this today. I added lemon zest…yummo!
    I don’t see where to add the shredded coconut in the instructions? I assume it just goes in the pot with the rest? Thanks!

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