Paleo Oatmeal with Coconut and Berries - Danielle Walker

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 alternative 

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! 


close up of paleo oatmeal with figs and blueberries in a white bowl

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. 

high shot of ingredients of paleo oatmeal of blueberries and soaked almonds and coconut flakes in white bowls on the counter


Coconut oatmeal 

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.  

Applesauce oatmeal 

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. 

high shot of paleo oatmeal with berries and figs in a white bowl next two a bowl of berries and figs allo n a counter



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. 

image from above of chocolate protein overnight oats in a glass bowl with a spoon next to a bowl of raspberries

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! 

Egg-free Paleo Bowl 

above shot with egg-free paleo bowl in white bowl next to blue napkin

Stuffed Purple Sweet Potatoes

image of purple stuffed breakfast sweet potatoes with chicken sausage and wilted spinach in a bowl.

All-American Breakfast Bake 

image of bacon, eggs, potatoes on a sheet tray

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Paleo Oatmeal with Coconut and Berries

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  • Author: Danielle
  • Prep Time: 10-12 hrs soaking time
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x




  1. Soak the almonds in filtered water overnight.  
  2. Drain and rinse then add to a food processor with the coconut.  Pulse until a crumb forms. 
  3. Mix with the coconut milk, applesauce, flax eggs, collagen, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, stevia and berries. 
  4. Bake, covered at 350F for 30 minutes then uncover and bake until the liquid has mostly evaporated.  


Paleo Oatmeal with Coconut and Berries

hero shot of paleo oatmeal in a a white bowl on the counter


  1. Tricia B says:

    Sounds delicious!
    Is the coconut milk needed for consistency or would almond milk work? Can you use eggs instead of flax egg?

    • Danielle says:

      No, you could use whatever milk you like, I just like the richness that coconut milk brings. I haven’t tested it with regular eggs, but I’d say 1 large or 2 small eggs would work well.

  2. Angela says:

    For those that tolerate eggs, can we sub 1 egg for the flax egg ? Or how many would you suggest? This sounds amazing and I miss oatmeal so much so can’t wait to try!! Thank you

  3. Meryl Gillmore says:

    What can be substituted for the ground flaxseed?

  4. Meredith says:

    Ooooh, I’m SO excited to try this! I can’t eat oats anymore, but I miss oatmeal breakfasts so much. Thank you!

  5. mlg says:

    Thanks for this. Have you ever tried cooking it in the instant pot?
    Also, could you use coconut flour instead of the coconut flakes?

    • Danielle says:

      I don’t have an IP oatmeal…yet 😉
      I wouldn’t sub coconut flour for the flakes as the flour is very absorbent and it would change the recipe a great deal and likely make it too dry.

  6. Kiana Yeasley says:

    If I have a flax allergy can I swap the flaxseed egg for two normals eggs? Very thankful for an oat-free oatmeal recipe!

  7. Amanda says:

    This looks delicious! Looking forward to trying it! Maybe I’m missing something but what I are “flaxseed eggs?”

    • Danielle says:

      Take a Tbsp of ground flaxseed and mix with 2 Tbsp of hot water. The flax will sort of “gel” and become the consistency of an egg as you whisk it together and let it sit for a minute!

  8. Asha says:

    How much flaxseed is an “egg”?

  9. Lexi says:

    What size baking dish should this be baked in? Would this be a good way to use up almond pulp from making almond milk (still moist)?

    • Danielle says:

      Hi! You can bake in the closest size you have to the volume of the oatmeal. It won’t expand like a cake so the volume you see uncooked is very close to the cooked volume

  10. Lexi says:

    Also, I’m sorry, but my scale showed that 1/2 cup of almonds is under 3 oz of almonds. I would like to make this recipe, but am afraid that it won’t come out well, if the measurements are not inaccurate. Please advise. Thank you!

    • Danielle says:

      Hi! When in doubt, go by weight instead of cup measure. So as long as you measure 6 oz of almonds, you should be good!

  11. Lori Messenger says:

    I love this recipe! I really miss having a bowl of oatmeal in the mornings. I keep it in the refrigerator and reheat servings until it’s gone. I used chia seeds instead of flax eggs. It’s warm and hearty! Thank you DW!

  12. Somer says:

    Not sure if the Almond measurement is intended to be 6 oz or 1/2 cup. 6 oz of whole Almonds turns out to be an overflowing full 1 cup. I’ll try 1/2 cup and see what happens.
    Would like to know what size of baking dish to use?

  13. Colleen Peralta says:

    Is there something that could be substituted for the collagen peptides? Maybe protein powder?

    • Danielle says:

      Hi! I have not tried it with protein powder but I always encourage a good experiment in the kitchen! 🙂

  14. Jen says:

    This looks delicious! I miss oatmeal and I can’t wait to make a batch of this to eat for breakfast all week. Thank you!

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