This Creamy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge recipe is a rendition on the delicious traditional Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge which includes boldly sweet flavors and a beautiful velvety texture. This version of porridge boasts it’s creaminess, thickness from the thickly cut cornmeal used, and a generous play on spices and freshly topped berries, which all create quite the experience in just one-bowl. Vegan option available.
I'm super excited to share this recipe with you because this Creamy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge is one that I grew up eating. When it comes to paying homage to my Jamaican roots, I truly get excited to create healthier versions of the foods I grew up eating during my childhood and this is one of them.
While some recipes are just better in their traditional form, many can be greatly transformed into Vegan and/or healthier versions that would leave you feeling like, “is this really healthy”? Haha.
When it came to porridge, I can honestly say that I wasn't head over heels for this stuff as a child. In fact, I remember liking Oatmeal Porridge more than it's Cornmeal counterpart. However, now that my preferences and taste buds have changed as an adult (tremendously I might add), I'm a fan!
Trust me---one good bowl of this stuff and you're full for the morning until snack time.
There are a few key ingredients in this warm Creamy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge recipe that you may not usually use in your morning oatmeal or porridge, but these make this bowl even tastier.
Traditionally, finely cut cornmeal is used for porridge, however, I took things a bit further and used thickly cut cornmeal in mine. Granted, id you aren't a fan of the 'grainy' texture from the thick cuts, then sticking to the traditional "finely cut" version is absolutely fine!
It's a mere matter of preference. Of course, I always use Bob's Red Mill products when it comes to my flours, oats, and grains, so this recipe was no different.
While there is a way to make this porridge vegan (which I discuss further down), this one for me was just better keeping things as traditional as possible, while reducing the dairy a bit for my own personal consumption.
Here’s the list of ingredients to make Creamy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge for breakfast today:
First, I must let you know that Sweetened Condensed Milk is a canned milk that has 60 percent of it's water content removed, making it thicker in consistency.
Also, it has 40-45% sugar, making it a great sugar substitute in recipes that use sugar. More importantly, condensed milk creates a caramelized flavor along with it's sweetness, which give the dishes that require it, a beautiful kick of flavor.
That being said---I chose to stick with the traditional way of making this recipe (using Sweetened Condense Milk), because I wanted that caramelized flavor to work with the cornmeal. Personally, I find that eating this porridge without it make everything incomplete. Again, for a vegan option, I love using Let's Do Organic's dairy-free coconut version.
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Absolutely not! As mentioned, if dairy isn't an issue then you can feel free to use whole milk instead. However, in the case that you need things to be completely dairy-free and if you’d like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use—–that’s totally fine!
The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding. From the classics like coconut milk, cashew milk, soy milk and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk, and even potato and quinoa milk.
Jamaican Cornmeal porridge is best when consumed within the same day. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheated over the stovetop when ready to serve.
Of course! To make this porridge vegan, simply omit the condensed milk and substitute with canned full-fat coconut milk/cream or a dairy-free condensed milk (I love Let's Do....Organic's version) instead and ensure that you use a plant-based milk. If you'd like to substitute the brown sugar, you can definitely use coconut sugar, maple syrup, or Agave instead.
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Creamy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge.