Nothing says comfort like a warming bowl of oatmeal. However, we see an increasing number of people struggling with grains. Can you still get your porridge fix without oats? Absolutely! Our Apple Pecan Paleo “Oatmeal” is wholesome and nourishing all while being grain free. This oat-less porridge is guaranteed to satisfy your morning cravings while offering a range of health benefits.
Is this “Oatmeal” Healthy?
We’ve handpicked ingredients that not only replicate the hearty consistency of oatmeal, but are also nutrient dense to support your nervous system and overall wellbeing.
- Chia Seeds and Flaxseed Meal: Chia seeds and flaxseed meal are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health and may contribute to improved cognitive function and mood regulation.
- Almond Flour and Pecans: Almonds and pecans are excellent sources of vitamin E and magnesium, nutrients known to support nerve function and reduce oxidative stress in the nervous system.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon adds a hint of warmth and sweetness and contains antioxidants that may help protect nerve cells and promote healthy brain function.
Can I Make This Recipe Nut Free?
If you are avoiding nuts or have an allergy, you can substitute for seeds, coconut, or tiger nuts.
The almond flour could be subbed for pumpkin seed or tiger nut flour. You could even use a little coconut flour, but remember, quantity matters. Coconut flour is very absorbent and a little goes a long way. Start with subbing for just one teaspoon.
To replace the pecans, swap for toasted coconut chips, toasted tiger nut flakes, or pumpkin seeds.
The almond milk can be substituted for tiger nut or coconut milk.
Help! My Oatmeal Is Too Thick!
Replicating traditional recipes with non-conventional ingredients is a balancing act. Sometimes things go wrong and Paleo oatmeal is no exception. Cooking time, heat intensity and over zealous ingredient measuring can throw a recipe entirely. We recommend following the recipe as closely as possible, but also following your instincts. If it’s starting to thicken too much, add a touch more liquid or remove it from the heat. If it’s not sweet enough, add a drizzle of honey or a touch of cinnamon, etc.
Ready to make a hug in a bowl? Let’s make “oatmeal!”
Apple Pecan Paleo Oatmeal
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any other dairy-free milk)
- 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 medium apple, diced
- 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
- Optional toppings: additional diced apple, pecans, shredded coconut, or a drizzle of honey
- Add the almond flour, shredded coconut, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, and cinnamon to a medium saucepan. Mix well.
- Add the almond milk to the saucepan and stir until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle boil, stirring frequently.
- Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer gently for about 3-5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens to your desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, heat ghee (or coconut oil) in a separate pan over medium heat.
- Add the diced apple and chopped pecans to the pan and sauté until the apple softens and the pecans are lightly toasted, about 3-4 minutes.
- Just before the “oatmeal” reaches the desired thickness, remove it from the heat. The mixture will continue to thicken once removed from the heat, so bear this in mind and remove just before you think it looks ready.
- Stir in the cooked apple and pecan mixture, as well as the vanilla extract, until well incorporated.
- Transfer the “oatmeal” to a serving bowl. Top with additional diced apple, chopped pecans, shredded coconut, or a drizzle of honey if desired.