Whenever I post an oat recipe, I get a flood of comments asking why since they are a grain and are not Paleo. So let me start here: despite the recipe title, this Paleo Oatmeal with Coconut and Berries, does not contain oats! It is gluten-free, grain-free, and Paleo and makes a warming, lightly-sweetened and spiced, very delicious breakfast.
For those who may not know, I include oat recipes in the occasional blog recipe for those who can tolerate them (I myself can tolerate sprouted oats currently). But I want to give equal love to my oat-free fans, so that’s the why and how behind this Paleo “Oatmeal” recipe.
Oatmeal is such an incredibly convenient food and a very popular breakfast choice. So I wanted to craft a recipe that honored that same idea. Though this recipe calls for soaked almonds, this step won’t take you any extra time. You can literally pop them into your blender, add water, and leave them in there overnight. They’ll be ready for you to blend in the morning and then you’ll be on your way to a creamy, luscious bowl of “oat”meal!
Why almonds are soaked in water
Soaking almonds overnight is a great idea for a few reasons. First, it makes the nutrients from the nut more easily absorbable by the body. And secondly, in this case, soaking them overnight softens them nicely allowing them to cook well into a smooth consistency, while still retaining a tiny bit of chew, much like an oat does.
Aside from soaked almonds, the other star of the show in this Paleo Oatmeal is coconut — both unsweetened flakes as well as creamy coconut milk. The flaked coconut works with the pulverized almonds, and collagen powder (if you choose to add it) to create a creamy porridge. And the coconut milk adds the smooth, creaminess of milk without any dairy.
To create an oatmeal that’s free of refined sugars, lots of people use bananas, but this recipe calls instead for unsweetened applesauce and I’m here for it! It melts dreamily into the other ingredients and imparts the slightest hint of sweetness. You can choose to add a tiny pinch of Stevia, as the recipe calls for, or you could add a dash of honey or maple syrup instead.
Gluten-free oatmeal alternative
This Paleo Oatmeal with Coconut and Berries does cook for 30ish minutes (similar to steel-cut oatmeal). I like to blitz the almonds when I wake up and then while I make coffee, I mix all the other ingredients and get it into a baking dish and into the oven. While getting dressed the smells of nutmeg and cinnamon begin wafting through the house enticing all of us for a hearty breakfast before a busy day. I love to top mine with fresh berries and an extra dash of cinnamon. I hope you love it!
Chocolate overnight oats recipe
For any oat-loving friends still reading, this summer I developed a Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats recipe that Ryan absolutely loves for breakfast and raves about. So if it suits you or someone you love, give that one a try too.
Paleo recipe ideas
And I’ve got more Paleo breakfast recipe ideas for you! Here are some popular ones — both with eggs and without. Enjoy!
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Paleo Oatmeal with Coconut and Berries
- Prep Time: 10-12 hrs soaking time
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 6 oz whole almonds (about ½ cup)
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 ground flaxseed “eggs”
- 1 ¼ cups coconut milk
- ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup unflavored collagen peptides
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1/16 – 1/18 teaspoon 100% stevia powder
- 1 cup berries
- Soak the almonds in filtered water overnight.
- Drain and rinse then add to a food processor with the coconut. Pulse until a crumb forms.
- Mix with the coconut milk, applesauce, flax eggs, collagen, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, stevia and berries.
- Bake, covered at 350F for 30 minutes then uncover and bake until the liquid has mostly evaporated.