This hemp heart oatmeal recipe is the best creamy keto-friendly porridge recipe to start the day! If you are tired of eggs for breakfast on your keto journey, try this keto maple pecan porridge recipe made with hemp hearts!
Bonus, the recipe is also a great vegan keto breakfast, 100% egg-free and dairy-free.
You are probably wondering why using hemp hearts in porridge and not rolled oats. So, let me answer all your questions below.
Is porridge keto?
No, regular porridge is not keto-friendly. A classic porridge recipe is made of high-carb cereal, usually rolled oats or instant oats.
While oat is a healthy whole-grain cereal for many people, it won’t fit on a keto diet.
Rolled oats contain 56 grams of net carbs per 100 grams, so a tiny amount of this cereal will quickly spike your blood sugar level and take you out of ketosis.
This is without mentioning the often added sugar you find in oatmeal recipes from whole milk and sweeteners.
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Can you eat porridge on a keto diet?
No, you can’t eat a regular porridge recipe made of oat and milk. One serving of a classic porridge recipe, 1/4 cup cooked oatmeal in milk, contains about 20 grams of net carbs.
It means it will reach your daily carbs allowance in one meal. However, there are plenty of options to make keto-friendly porridge, using keto flours, seeds, and nuts like keto coconut flour porridge or this keto oatmeal hemp heart recipe.
Keto porridge ingredients
To make a creamy keto porridge recipe with a similar oatmeal texture, you need a combination few easy keto ingredients.
- Hemp hearts – also known as hemp seeds, unhulled works the best.
- Ground golden flax meal – to add a sticky texture to your porridge. You can use brown or golden ground flax seeds. I personally like golden flax meal because it doesn’t have much flavor. Some people find brown flax meal bitter and refer to it as a fishy flavor, so I won’t recommend this option if you are new to keto.
- Chia seeds – this adds a gooey, sticky oatmeal texture to this hemp hearts oatmeal keto recipe. You can use white or black chia seeds. Both are the same.
- Unsweetened shredded coconut – this adds a chewy texture like oatmeal.
- Erythritol 0r a few drops of stevia to sweeten the porridge.
- Almond butter – peanut butter – this adds a creamy texture to your keto oatmeal recipe. Note that almond butter contains fewer carbs, and it makes the recipe grain-free and paleo-friendly.
- Unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk.
You can play with flavor and add many ingredients into your porridge, like:
- Vanilla extract – optional, but it adds a lovely flavor to the recipe.
- Ground cinnamon – optional, but cinnamon is a great spice to add to a sugar-free diet as it helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
- MCT oil powder – mine as a hint of vanilla flavor. It adds fat to my bowl and a delicious vanilla flavor.
- Protein powder – don’t add more than 1 teaspoon, or the recipe will be very dry, or you will have to increase the liquid in the recipe.
How to serve your hemp heart oatmeal?
This is a great keto vegan breakfast recipe, delicious on its own or topped with a few keto-approved toppings. My favorite options are:
- Nuts – the best low-carb nuts on a ketogenic diet are pecans, macadamia, almonds, coconut. Chop 1 tablespoon of these nuts to add crunch to your bowl.
- Sugar-free syrup – I love maple-flavored syrup with pecan or chocolate syrup with coconut.
- Keto fruits – like boysenberries, raspberries, blueberries.
Hemp heart nutrition
Hemp hearts are complete plant-based seeds to add to your keto diet. They contain very few net carbs and lots of healthy fats and protein to keep you full for long.
Hemp heart nutrition profile for 3 tablespoons (30 grams) contains:
- 166 kcal
- 1.4 grams of net carbs.
- 14.6 grams of fat and mainly healthy poly/monosaturated fat good for you.
- 10 grams of protein.
- 1.2 grams of fiber.
How to cook hemp hearts like oatmeal?
You don’t need fancy tools like an instant pot to cook hemp porridge. This is the easiest keto breakfast recipe cooked in 3 minutes in a saucepan or 1 minute in the microwave. Let me share both options below.
Hemp oatmeal in the saucepan
This is my favorite option because you can control the texture.
First, add all the dry ingredients to a saucepan, stir well to combine. Then, whisk in liquid ingredients and place the saucepan on the stove over medium heat.
Stir constantly with a spoon until bubbles forms on the side. Keep cooking and stirring for 3-4 minutes. The seeds will absorb the liquid in the saucepan and thicken.
Finally, when the oatmeal texture suits you, transfer to a bowl and let sit for 2-3 minutes to steam out.
In a tall and wide microwave-safe bowl, stir all the dry ingredients. Whisk in the liquid and place the bowl in the center of the microwave.
Microwave on high power 800W for 1 minute. Remove the bowl from the microwave, stir, and if your oatmeal is not dry enough, return to the microwave by 20 seconds burst until it reaches your favorite texture.
Sit for 2-3 minutes before eating and adding toppings.
To view this recipe a different way, watch my story about making the creamiest keto oatmeal!
More keto vegan breakfast options
Keto egg-free breakfasts don’t obviously mean tofu scramble for breakfast! It can be so much more fun and sweet too. Below I listed my favorite vegan keto breakfast recipes for you to try.
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- ½ teaspoon Vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon MCT oil powder optional
- 1 tablespoon berries of choice
- ½ tablespoon pecans finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Sugar-free maple flavored syrup optional
- In a small saucepan, stir all the dry ingredients together: hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, unsweetened shredded coconut, erythritol, cinnamon, and MCT oil powder (optional).
- Whisk in almond milk, vanilla, and almond butter
- Bring the saucepan to the stove over medium heat, constantly stir with a wooden spoon until it forms bubbles on the side of the saucepan and the oatmeal starts to thicken. Keep cooking/stirring for 3-4 minutes or until it reaches your favorite texture. The longer you cook it, the dryer it will be as moisture evaporates.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl. Let sit for 2-3 minutes to steam out, then add toppings of your choice. The nutrition panel is without toppings. The suggested toppings add 3 grams of net carbs per serving/bowl.
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