Green Apple Porridge

Green Apple Porridge.

But wait…this isn’t porridge! Why did the video clip call chopped apples, figs, and almonds “porridge”? It has no oats in it. It requires no boiling.

Nonetheless, the combo of ingredients and flavors sounded appealing, so I tried it.

And I liked it.

A lot.

So much that I’ve made this for breakfast a zillion times already this summer.

It’s quick. It’s simple. It’s tasty as all heck.

It has crispy, tangy apples. It has chewy, sweet figs. It has nutty, crunchy almonds.

It has the tang of lemon, a hint of ginger, and the health benefits of flax seeds (or swap out for sesame seeds as I did a few times).

I’m ultra excited about this discovery. I can easily whip this up for quick breakfasts when I return to work after summer. It will even make a great mid-morning snack when hunger pains strike between teaching classes.

So here’s how I found it: I opened up my email and got distracted, as per usual, by the many news items scrolling on the screen. The title “Green Apple Porridge” caught my attention. I watched the video with Adina Niemerow, who has had a book published titled Super Cleanse: Detox Your Body for Long-Lasting Health and Beauty. Intrigued by her porridge recipe and the thought of foods cleansing my insides (an “intestinal broom,” as Niemerow calls it), I bought her book. I have tried the one day cleanse, which surprisingly kept my hunger satiated all day and gave me a boost in energy and mental clarity. And the one-day cleanse recipes satisfied my palate so much that I’ve eaten some of them numerous times this summer…in addition to a few other recipes from the collection. So, consider her book. But definitely try this breakfast porridge!

Green Apple Porridge

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  • 2 green apples, cored, peeled, and chopped into large dice (or apple of your choice)
  • 1/4 cups almonds, soaked overnight (they will still be crunchy; soaking makes them easier to digest and is called “sprouting”)
  • 2 black mission figs (I buy them dried from the bulk food bins at Whole Foods and actually use 5-6)
  • 1 tbsp. flax seeds (also from the bulk food bins; I’ve also used toasted sesame seeds)
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced (I keep hunks of peeled ginger in the freezer and I grate it with a zester)
  • pinch of HImalayan or Celtic sea salt (the Himalayan salt it outta this world delicious–I’m in love with it this summer)
  • squeeze of lemon juice


Process all ingredients in a food processor with the S-blade until mixed and apples are chopped up a bit more. Spoon into a bowl and enjoy. Alternatively, if you don’t have a food processor, just chop the apples into fine dice and mix all ingredients with a spoon.

Yield: serves two…or pack into a sealed container and have breakfast for two days

SOURCE: Super Cleanse by Adina Niemerow (or watch video)

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