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Apple Cinnamon Jicama Breakfast Porridge

Grain Free Jicama Breakfast Cereal (paleo friendly)

At the risk of sounding conceited I need to brag on myself for a moment.

You see, I am really good at a few things.  Really good.

These things include: Procrastinating, Making Messes, and Making Excuses.

I am also really good at combining these talents.  Such as making a fantastic mess, procrastinating the clean up of said mess, and making some great excuses as the why these two things happened.  Pure talent.

Don’t even start thinking that these things are effortless.  I’m telling you, it is hard work. And all joking aside, these things make my life really stressful.

So I have been slowly tackling these issues talents to reduce the amount of stress in my life.

Grain Free Jicama Breakfast Cereal (paleo friendly)

The whole making excuses thing has been a big one for me lately.  I posted here about a huge change in eating habits I recently made.  This change has been a long time coming, but I have been procrastinating, procrasti-baking (which also involves making a lot of messes), and making excuses as to why I couldn’t do it.  But no more. My health is on the line and excuses just aren’t going to fly anymore.

But I do know that to be successful I need to find ways to make this lifestyle doable for myself.  I need to have a plan. It’s when the plan isn’t there that the excuses are easier.  And that is why I am announcing my new series: “No Excuses”

The goal of the series is to take recipes that I have an urge to “make excuses” for and make them over into recipes that need “no excuses.”

I start with my morning bowl of oatmeal.

Grain Free Jicama Breakfast Cereal (paleo friendly)

I know. I know. Oatmeal isn’t the unhealthiest of foods. But as much as my taste buds and soul loves my warming bowl of morning oats, my guts aren’t so keen on them.  And when I decided to give up grains, giving up my morning oatmeal was what I mourned the most.  Not cookies. Not bread. Oatmeal.

I introduce you to my revamped breakfast porridge, made from jicama.  I think I love this even more than oatmeal and my tummy is definitely more happy!  If you have never eaten jicama, you need to try it.  It is slightly sweet, and crunchy when raw.  Sort of a mix between an apple and a potato.  It is also really easy to find in the grocery store if you know what you are looking for.

So tell me… what dish do you make excuses for?


Grain Free Jicama Breakfast Cereal (paleo friendly)
Apple Cinnamon Jicama Breakfast Porridge

Apple Cinnamon Jicama Breakfast Porridge

Yield: 1 Serving


  • 3/4 cup jicama rice (instructions below)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts)
  • 1/3 cup nut milk
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped apple
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP honey or agave


  1. Peel jicama and chop into medium chunks.
  2. Place jicama in a food processor or blender and pulse to a fine crumb, like rice.
  3. Place in a clean kitchen towel and wring out the moisture.
  4. Place all ingredients for the porridge in a pan over medium high heat.
  5. Cook for about 5 minutes until heated through and creamy.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359

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26 comments on “Apple Cinnamon Jicama Breakfast Porridge”

  1. Wow. Good luck on the No Excuses; this is an awesome way to start the day! 🙂

  2. This seems like a fantastic recipe. And very healthy. Good. No excuses. I thought this article was so funny…
    Hmmmm. My “excuses” dishes. Truthefully I have so many food loves (pasta, rice, bread, cake, chocolate (oh wait that ones not so bad, hahaha)) but I am trying very very hard to go for wheat free options and/or cut something out gradually.
    Why do the bad things have to taste so good?

    A motivational post 😀

    • Those dishes are among my excuses too. I’m sure I will be tackling a few of them! And I agree. Chocolate (especially dark chocolate) in moderation does not need an excuse!

  3. Hi Betty!

    I so love your blog–your voice, your anecdotes and your personality just make me giggle.

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love warm food in the morning and feel lethargic after eating cereal. This might be just the thing. Thanks so much for the post!


    • Hi Leslie! Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you try the jicama porridge. I have to give it up to for turning me onto this. It has been such a lifesaver for me because I love warm breakfast too!

  4. This is GENIUS. I absolutely adore jicama. I cannot wait to try this!!!

    • I have to say I cannot take credit for the concept of this dish. I got the idea from But it is sooo tasty! Let me know if you try it, I am sort of obsessed with it right now 🙂

  5. this is great!! what a great idea to re-make your favorite recipes into healthier versions!! good luck with the new series!!

  6. This sounds so cool! I have never had Jicama but am definitely going to try to remember to try this!

  7. Oh I have a bunch, the best being guacamole as a side of vegetables – same with spinach and artichoke dip!
    Served with whole grain/flax seed chips, of course.

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  9. I laughed out loud reading your post. However, on a serious note we all need to be taking some simple measures for no excuses. Jicama sounds like a great alternative food for oats. Need to give that one a try.

  10. Hi Kristin… I look forward to trying this breakfast dish, as well as many of the cookies from your cookie wars. To be part of the taste-testing team must have been a real “treat”, so to speak!

    I passing on the Sunshine Award for blogging, to you! I hope that you will receive some new readers that will find you just as delightful as I do.

  11. I need a freaking revamp on potato chips or french fries. For the life of me, I cannot stop eating them and unfortunately there is no substitute for them. I love the idea of jicama porridge though–that is sheer genius, friend! So proud of you–you are doing awesome.

    • HA! That is exactly what my post is about tomorrow. I too have a problem with potato chips and french fries, but for me it isn’t so much about the chip or fry as it is about those being the edible vessel to get whatever I am dipping them in, into my mouth. I really love condiments. Like REALLY love them.

      • We could really make a great team–I will scoop condiments into your mouth while I finish off whatever fried potato form is being used as the shovel 🙂

  12. this is such a good idea–i am so thrilled you have gone grain-free, mostly for selfish reasons so i can enjoy your wonderful recipes! <3

  13. Mmm, jicama porridge! I had jicama for the first time last month and I absolutely loved it.

    And at’a girl for starting up good eating habits – it’s tough in the beginning, but it gets easier. I promise 🙂

  14. Jicama has become, without a doubt, my new favorite snack!

    I actually loved this recipe so much that I included it in a spring inspired gluten free recipe round-up. Thank you for crafting such an allergy-friendly (delicious) recipe!


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  19. I made a simplified version of your recipe that’s nice for summer breakfasts and snacks using equal portions of jicama and apple chunks.  Blended those up along with coconut flakes and cashews into small pieces.  Topped with lemon, lime and or cinnamon and some oil for a healthy, filling and easy meal.  Thanks for sharing your great idea.  I’ll give the cooked method a try once the weather gets cold again!

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