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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Jane's Five Grain Porridge

Jane, the creative cleanser who coined the term GAS CAP (for Gluten, Alcohol, Sugar, Caffeine, and Animal Products), shared this amazing recipe with us during a previous cleanse. Thank you, Jane!

Jane’s Five Grain Porridge

4 C---bring to boil and stir in the ingredients at ten minute intervals, in the following order:

1/2 C brown rice
1/2 C steel cut oats, rinsed
1/2 C amaranth
1/2 C millet
1/2 C quinoa, rinsed

After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and let it sit for 30 minutes Then serve or refrigerate. Great and easy to reheat in the morning.

Jane says - “I use McCanns, and also organic steel cut oats from the coop. McCanns states the oats are gluten free but can't guarantee they haven't had cross contamination due to using same machines on others grains in their processing. Still, that's clean enough for me.

“It takes about an hour to make at night but makes a great breakfast on cold mornings, especially when mixed with blueberries or other fruit, and maybe some soy milk, and stevia, if you like it sweetened. The best part is it lasts several days and is easy to heat in the microwave.”


  1. Here's my favorite steel-cut oatmeal recipe, courtesy of Alton Brown:


    I think you could probably make it work within this diet's restrictions. Canola oil instead of butter (boy, I'd miss the flavor, though), maple syrup instead of brown sugar (might be an improvement), milk and buttermilk substitutes.

    The thing I love about it is that Alton sautes the dry oatmeal in the butter (oil for you folks) until it gets a bit browned. It gives the grain a nice toasty flavor that I haven't found in any other recipes.

    btw... our local Indiana grocery chain, Marsh, has Hodgson Mill steel-cut oatmeal at fraction of the cost of McCann's, and I haven't noticed any difference in quality. The box doesn't say "gluten free" anywhere that I can see, but since it's 100% oats, any gluten should be at the same level of incidental contamination that might be present in McCann's.

  2. Following up on the subject of gluten contamination in oats - here's a report on celiac.com about a small study (4 lots of 3 brands; Quaker, Country Choice, and McCanns) that tested gluten levels:


    The levels were low enough that it should only be of concern to people who actually suffer from celiac disease. Country Choice came out on top, but the number of samples in the study was so low that you shouldn't really assume that their product is likely to be consistently less contaminated.

  3. Thanks so much for the great recipe and the info on the gluten levels of the various brands of oatmeal, Hilary!

    I know what you mean about the butter thing - hell, I grew up in Wisconsin! Butter's my thing! However, I've found a great substitute (which I now use sparingly) in Earth Balance Organic Buttery Spread. It's great to cook with as well as a topping. and I wonder if there's a buttermilk substitute out there - I'm headed to Whole Foods this morning and will check it out. Because this recipe sounds GREAT! I'll post it if I can make it work with cleanse-friendly ingredients.

    You're right about the gluten contamination levels - most of the time the level is so low that it won't affect the majority of us. And we're not that rigid in this cleanse to forbid Quaker Oats if someone doesn't have access to Country Choice. It's more about awareness and about finding alternatives to highly-processed foods - foods that contain ingredients that don't serve us.

    I love that you're here and sending such great information, Hilary! It's like having our own scientist on call! Keep the comments coming!

  4. I found this on vegetarian.about.com - "If a recipe calls for buttermilk, add one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a cup of soymilk to replace buttermilk and mix well. It's not quite as robust as buttermilk, but will have a similar flavor." So that means we can try the oatmeal!

  5. There's also a buttermilk subtitution recipe here:



  6. I'm honored that you would reference this blog - even if only for a little humor!