For me, oatmeal brings back memories of college; as I went through a “oatmeal for breakfast every morning” phase. I used to eat my oats very plainly. I would add rolled oats and flax seed to my coffee grinder, grind them up, pour them into a dish with water and then microwave. If I was lucky enough to have cinnamon on hand, then I would add some of that too.
I’m not saying how I ate them back then was “wrong”, in fact, I think I did pretty well for a college student living in a sorority with access to only a microwave for cooking! These days, although I do still rely on my microwave, I like to think I’ve stepped things up a notch. I still like to grind up my oats because I think that makes them thicker and in my opinion, the thicker the better (kinda like my take on smoothies)! But when I make oats now I add cinnamon, ground ginger, a pinch of pink salt, sometimes almond milk, sometimes water and then I top them with nuts and seeds and often berries. They are heartier, more filling and more nutritious than my college version.
Another thing I like to do is nix the oats completely and eat grain free oatmeal; otherwise known as Paleo oatmeal 😉 I created this recipe after trying some Wildway Grain Free Hot Cereal. My husband tried it too and loved it! Their product inspired me to create my own and the result was just as delicious.
This Paleo Grain-Free Oatmeal is made using nuts, seeds and coconut and is sweetened with dates. It is a healthy oatmeal option and great if you are trying to lower your grain intake or have an oat allergy/intolerance. This recipe makes 5 servings, so excellent for meal prep!
Recipe makes 5 servings (1/2 Cup each)
*You may substitute the almond milk with water. Also, if you prefer not to microwave your oats you may boil water and add it to the grain-free oatmeal.
You can vary the level of sweetness by adding or subtracting the number of dates from this recipe. Other options for sweetening this recipe include adding a granular sweetener or sugar such as coconut sugar.
These grain free “oats” have the perfect creamy texture that I like in a bowl oatmeal. My husband even preferred these over your regular, run of the mill oatmeal.
This bowl of Paleo Grain-Free Oatmeal was topped with fresh strawberries, unsweetened coconut flakes, dry roasted almonds and bee pollen.