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Almond "Polenta" or "Grits"

User Rating 3.5 Star Rating (5 Reviews)


Updated June 19, 2014

almond polenta

Almond Polenta garnished with chives

Photo © Laura Dolson
If you can boil water, you can make this low-carb substitute for soft polenta or grits. Even better, it can be made in many different ways. The recipe here is based on the classic Italian dish which includes Parmesan cheese (serving suggestion below). But since it basically mimics a corn meal mush, it can be flavored similar to grits or other soft corn meal recipe. It can even be made sweet into a kind of pudding with berries or other flavorings. Additionally, with a little more or less water, it can be made thinner or thicker. Thinned a bit, it makes a serviceable cheese sauce for vegetables.


  • 1 cup almond meal or almond flour (they are essentially the same thing)
  • 1 cup water
  • salt (about ¼ teaspoon if you're using the cheese, which is salty. closer to ½ a teaspoon otherwise)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (if you are using a microplane grater, which makes it fluffier, use about 2/3 cup) (Note: Do NOT use the dried grated cheese from the shelf!)
  • pepper


Put almond meal, water, and salt in a medium-sized pot. Whisk until almond meal is free of lumps. Bring to boil over medium heat, whisking occasionally. Once mixture is boiling, whisk continuously for 1-2 minutes, until it visibly thickens. Remove from heat, and whisk in cheese, whisking until it is fully melted. Add pepper to taste.

Notes: Mixture will thicken as it cools. The thickness also varies somewhat depending upon the almond meal. If you want it thinner, simply add a little more water. It reheats fine, but it's drier, so add a little more water if you do this. Also, note that it is more filling than regular polenta or grits, so you'll probably want a smaller serving size.

Serving Suggestion: My favorite way to serve this polenta is with sauteed greens (spinach, chard, kale, etc), often with one or more of the following: onions, mushrooms, bacon, garlic.

Makes about 5 servings

Nutritional Information: Each serving has 2 grams effective carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber, 6 grams protein, and 138 calories.
User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
Not bad!, Member ohevshalomel

This wasn't anything like polenta or grits, but that's okay, as it was still good. It had its own nutty flavor, and with the Parmesan cheese, it made a nice side dish. It was easy to cook, too! I did find that it needed to be cooked for a little bit longer than stated in the recipe in order to achieve the right consistency. I'll make this again!

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