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Paleo Oatmeal Recipe w/ Coconut & Flax

Feb 18, 2020 | Recipes | 1 comment

Paleo Oatmeal Recipe

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This Paleo oatmeal recipe (or “noatmeal” if you will!) is perfect for those days you're craving a nice warm, comforting breakfast, but want to keep it grain-free.

If you're paleo or paleo-ish like me, oats don't always make me feel my best. What's a girl to do? Paleo oatmeal! There are no actual “oats” in this low carb oatmeal recipe but the combination of coconut flour, flax meal and shredded coconut makes a wonderful bowl of warm porridge in the morning and satisfies my porridge cravings.

The cinnamon and vanilla bring just the perfect flavor combo to this grain free breakfast bowl but you can also try it with pumpkin pie spice, all spice or even a sprinkle of cardamom to add some variety.

Using nuts provides a little more protein but you can also use a tablespoon of nut butter. Feel free to switch up both the fruit and nuts to make any combination you love. Pears and walnuts are equally as good!

Because of the heavy use of seeds, this recipe is filling and will satisfy your hunger until your next meal. In true Prep Dish fashion, I like to mix my dry ingredients so it's prepped and ready to go in the pot first thing in the morning. Super easy and tasty!

Paleo Oatmeal Recipe
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Paleo Oatmeal

Prep Time4 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time9 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 3 T coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 T flax meal
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped
  • 2-4 tsp honey optional


  • Heat 1c milk (or water) in saucepan over med heat. Add the following: 3T coconut flour + 1/4c shredded coconut + 2T flax meal + 1/2tsp vanilla + 1/2tsp cinnamon.
  • Cook 1-2min until soft.
  • Slice 1 apple.
  • Divide porridge into 2 bowls top each w/ the following: 2T chopped pecans + 1/4-1/2 apple slices (depending on size of the apple) + 1-2tsp honey.
  • Makes 2 servings.

I've tried to cover all of your questions below, but leave a comment with any other Paleo oatmeal questions you may have!  Also make sure to check out my video where I show how to make “noatmeal” here.

Are oats Paleo?

In short, no!  Oats are a grain and therefore are not a part of a strict Paleo diet.  Even if you're not Paleo though, oats can be hard on some people's stomachs and this is a fun way to mix up your breakfast routine with something healthy and fun!

Is this low carb oatmeal Keto?

Yes indeed!  With just a few minor substitutions, this Paleo oatmeal recipe is a totally Keto friendly breakfast.

Just replace the honey with a few drops of stevia (you could also omit sweetener altogether!)  Top with a low carb fruit like berries and you're good to go!

Do I need to grind flaxseeds myself?

Ground flaxseeds (or flax meal) are certainly the way to go due to the fact that whole flaxseeds just pass through your body undigested, but do you need to grind the flaxseeds yourself?

You don't have to, but whole flaxseeds definitely stay fresh longer so since flax generally comes in a pretty big bag, you'll likely want to grind it yourself unless you go through it really quickly.

Store ground flaxseed in the freezer so you can maximize shelf life.  Most importantly, make sure it smells nutty and not rancid before you eat it.

If you do decide to grind your own, a spice grinder or a dedicated coffee grinder works well!

What is coconut flour?

Coconut flour is simply made from dried ground coconut flesh.  It looks similar to more traditional flours and it also does not have a strong coconut taste, making it a great substitute.

Where can I find coconut flour?

Coconut flour is available at more and more grocery stores, but if you can't find it at yours, you can buy it here on Amazon or at Thrive Market (<< affiliate link).

What are the nutritional benefits of this low carb oatmeal?

Due to its base of flax and coconut, this paleo oatmeal recipe is packed with healthy fats!  It also offers a variety of other nutrients thanks to these superstar ingredients:

  • Flax seeds are full of omega 3s, fiber, and antioxidants.  Because of these vital nutrients, flax may help reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and even hot flashes!
  • Coconut flour may benefit heart health, blood sugar stability, and digestion.  Furthermore, a 1/4 cup serving offers 6 grams of protein and 20% of daily iron needs.
  • Pecans and other nuts are considered excellent for heart health and they also add filling fat to help keep you full all morning.

Above all, this recipe is totally crave-able, the kind of breakfast that will make you actually want to get up in the morning.

How can I meal prep this Paleo oatmeal recipe?

To prep ahead, combine all of your dry ingredients (coconut flour, shredded coconut, flax meal, and cinnamon) and divide into containers, one for each day you're prepping.

On the day of, you can add milk, vanilla extract, and any toppings.

Check out my favorite meal prep containers here!

What are some other grain-free breakfast options?

Green Shakshuka

Paleo (Grain Free) Cherry Vanilla Granola

Simple Sweet Potato Frittata

Very Berry Muffins

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1 Comment

  1. Tracy

    This inspired me to make a similar porridge. Instead of milk I used apple sauce that was left over in the fridge. Thanks!


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