Almost Oatmeal

Who would have thought chunky almond butter, applesauce and coconut milk could make a hearty oatmeal replacement? This recipe is just right for those who crave sweet warm cereal breakfasts with a creamy texture. Try it topped with pears, bananas, fresh or dried berries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, grated apples, or sliced almonds, and serve it with sausage, ham, or eggs for a truly satisfying morning meal. Recipe based on a submission by Lorraine.

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Almost Oatmeal

Servings 2

Total Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Information

calories 335

carbohydrate 29g

protein 8g

fat 22g


  • 11/2 cup(s) applesauce, unsweetened
  • 4 tablespoon(s) almond butter raw, chunky
  • 2 tablespoon(s) coconut milk, full fat unsweetened canned
  • 1 teaspoon(s) cinnamon to taste
  • 1 teaspoon(s) nutmeg, fresh grated (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small pan over medium heat, stirring often until all is thoroughly combined and warm.
  2. Add fresh or dried fruits and/or nuts for additional texture and flavor.


    1. It does look like a tiny amount of food – I agree :) That’s why we suggest at the top of the recipe to “add fresh or dried fruits and/or nuts for additional texture and flavor.” And we recommend “adding this to a lean protein to round out the breakfast.” I’d say add this to a couple of eggs or a bit of other meat (sausage, turkey bacon, etc.) for a rounded breakfast. Hope this helps!

  1. I hope it’s ok if I post another “no oat oatmeal” recipe here for Susan Pauldine to try for her family. It’s much hardier than the one above (although I like the one above just as well). The one posted below is from the Primal Blueprint Readers’ Cookbook.

    ▪ 1 small handful of walnuts
    ▪ 1 small handful of pecans
    ▪ 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
    ▪ 1/2–1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ▪ 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
    ▪ 1 pinch ground ginger
    ▪ 1 tablespoon almond butter
    ▪ 1 banana, mashed
    ▪ 3 eggs
    ▪ 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more if you
    prefer it a little runny)
    ▪ 2 teaspoons pumpkin seeds
    ▪ 1 handful of goji berries or fresh berries (optional, but great addition)

    Add walnuts, pecans, flax seed and spices to a food processor and pulse it down to a course grain, making
    sure to stop before it’s totally ground into a powder. Set aside.

    Whisk together eggs and almond milk until the consistency thickens a little bit into a loose custard. Thoroughly blend together the mashed banana and almond butter and add it to the custard, mixing well.

    Stir in the nut mixture. Microwave or gently warm on the stove until the “no-atmeal” reaches your desired consistency; this should only take a few minutes. In both cases, stir the mixture frequently as it cooks. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and berries on top. Add more almond milk if you want.

  2. I LOVE this!! I’ve been eating it every morning for breakfast because its so quick and easy to make. I’m so used to having something sweet for breakfast, so this totally satisfies my urge.
    Susan: I’m new to Paleo too, so I’m trying to easy my way in slowly. Instead of going 100% right away, I decided to cheat a bit as I get used to the new diet. (I’m not great with change) Instead of getting the raw unsalted almond butter, I got regular salted almond butter. It is delicious in the ‘Almost Oatmeal’.

  3. Absolutely delish! I have to eat a warm breakfast or I feel like it wasn’t satisfying and this is warm, sweet and “creamy”. Love how quickly it came together. I added my protein powder (plant protein) to the recipe to get my protein in and still be super quick and easy for my mornings I’m running late.

  4. I have to say, I was pretty surprised about this too: I only tried it because so many people had good comments! Very satisfying when I don’t feel like eggs for breakfast, and very filling too!

  5. YAY! I haven’t checked back on this recipe in a while. Thanks for trying it everyone. I still love this little discovery myself.

    I agree; something hot and sweet in the AM gets me kick started before heading to Crossfit Cadence.

    I’ll post a few more recipes we have been jagging over lately.

  6. I’m new to this Paleo thing, but looking at the recipe, its approx 700 calories. You guys say its a “tiny amount of food” that seems like plenty (if not too much) for one woman to eat for breakfast??

    1. Hi Erin – This recipe actually makes enough for 2 people, so it’s 335 calories per person as noted in the nutritional information at the bottom (if you’re signed in as a member you can see that). Does that help clarify?

  7. I just made this and it was awesome.. too awesome – might have sometihng to do with the sweetened apple sauce :/ haha.. I’m sure it will taste even better with unsweetened tho as it was quite a bit too sweet. I added ~ 200g of blue berries and ~ 20 chopped walnuts. It felt just like eating oatmeal.

  8. Hi. I would like to try the paleo plan but am allergic to all nuts, coconut, and sesame. I noticed that a lot of recipes rely on coconut and nuts. Are there substitutes for these foods that I could use?

    1. Tamara – It’s definitely doable. The nuts can either just be omitted from recipes or substituted with eggs or meat if they’re meant to be the protein source. Almond flour can be substituted for sweet potato flour and tapioca flour, and coconut milk? Hmm. Since you can’t do but milks, you might just have to substitute oils and water in some recipes. I would not try that in things that call for a coconut milk sauce, or for the coconut milk ice cream :) Anyone else have any suggestions?

  9. Thank you so much for this yummy breakfast treat! I was having trouble with eating meat or eggs every morning, so this was a nice break. Loved it!

  10. Had this for breakfast this morning – I loved it! I excluded the almond butter and added flaxseed, pecans, and blueberries. Truly a wonderful meal :)

  11. Does this recipe work with the refrigerated unsweetened coconut milk? I don’t have any canned unsweetened at the moment?

    1. Maya – I’m sure it would work, but the nutritional profile will be totally different and it probably won’t keep you as full for as long. It’ll be more like cereal than oatmeal.

  12. Sorry for asking so many questions, but is the guar gum in canned coconut milk safe? A few Paleo specialists advise against it and I read that it is actually derived from the legume family?

    1. Maya – It’s a good question. Some people have problems with guar gum – it gives them digestive symptoms of all sorts. It’s always best to eat coconut milk in its most natural form, but in a lot of places it’s just not available. I know that Aroyo-D makes one with guar gum and you can order it online. So make that decision for yourself, whether or not your body can handle the guar gum. It’s one of those things that just may constitute part of your 80/20 non-Paleo foods.

  13. Just read the recipe. It says to combine ingredients over low heat and to stir often. Then what do you do? How long do you have to do that and do you pour it over something because the picture is misleading? Sorry, i`m just new to this. Thanks.

    1. Arlene – Thanks for bringing that to our attention. I can see how that might be confusing. I changed the instructions to say that you should stir it until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined and warm. Hope that helps!

    1. Angela Mays – Thanks for this question. It’s a good topic for a blog post. The answer is that quinoa looks and acts like a grain and it’s not on the Paleo diet. More to come!

  14. Just started Paleo today and this was my first breakfast (along with some ham) and it was wonderful! Although I had to used unsweetened almond milk instead of the coconut because thats all the store had. Hope thats ok!

  15. The recipe in the book actually has double the ingredients and says it serves two, too. So which one is right? This morning I had 1.5 cups of apple sauce, 4 T of almond butter, 2.5 T of coconut milk, some frozen berries thrown in and cinnamon and it was a TON of food. I was supposed to eat this with chicken sausage, according to the menu, but that was just too much.

  16. I found out that I’m allergic to nuts and can’t do the almond butter anymore! So sad cuz I miss this recipe so much! Would you suggest I try sunflower butter? Might I have the same allergic reaction to seeds as nuts and perhaps just need to cut seeds and nuts altogether?

    1. Maya – You’ll just have to try it and find out. There’s really no way to guess whether you’ll be sensitive to sunflowers as well. You can also have food sensitivity testing done to find out. It’s all about experimentation either way.

  17. Sounds delish!

    For Tamara. I’m lacto- paleo so I still have some dairy. If you can’t do coconut milk you might try milk or half and half. I don’t seem to have much issue with lactose myself.

  18. For Tamara, What about hemp milk? (hemp seeds blended with water) It’s a seed, you might want to try a bit out to see if it agrees with you.

  19. I’m new to the Paleo diet but so far liking it and finding it easy. I was looking for new recipes and happened upon this one – it looks yummy (I’m getting a little bored with eggs for breaky). Will let you know how it goes!

  20. Hi I tried Claire9’s no oat oatmeal and I have to say I was initially skeptical, however, turns out I just love it. The only thing I am going to take a little slower is the amount of flax seed – too hard on my system. I know we’re not supposed to get hung up on the number of calories but I am trying to lose weight as well.

  21. I tried this one for my breakfast today? So fast and simple, easy and very few ingredients (all musts for me!!)! Interesting because it actually ended up looking like oatmeal indeed ;) I did some changes on the ingredients again: once I didn’t have the applesauce I used a regular apple: peeled it then grated it like in ‘splinters’. Instead of the almond butter (which i can’t find anywhere in this country as far as I’m concerned, unfortunately, and it’s too expensive for my incomes anyway *-)) I’ve used a little of the regular peanut butter (again I know, not Paleo but!). In place of the coconut I used 3 tbsp of regular soy milk (again, I know) and the cinnamon and the pinch of the grated nutmeg. IT TURNED OUT SOOO DELICIOUS! It’s my brand new fav breakfast! Hot, pleasant, so tasty and comforting. The apple didn’t really cook, but it was smooth and hot and because it was grated in splinters it’s very pleasant to eat not hard at all is just like a meal. I didn’t cook it for very long I just kept stirring and waiting for everything to be melted together then that was it. I forgot the nuts or fresh fruit though, stupid me! I’m repeating this one tomorrow as an afternoon snack so I’ll add them then (dried fig in pieces ;)). Thank you so much for this one, i’m so excited with this metabolism-friendly recipes/ideas :)

  22. Today I repeated this one for breakfast (same ingredient changes as for my previous one with the apple) but the fruit this time was a pear! I thought it could turn a little too sweet but not at all. I smashed the pear a little and it was just as tasty as for the apple version ;) On the bowl I added a dried fig and a dried date cut in pieces. Delicious!

  23. Today is my first day paleo…and this was my first meal…oatmeal who??? I hope the rest of my paleo journey is as easy and delicious as this! Thank you!

  24. This is good for those individuals who like creamy oatmeal. For my point of view the texture was more like “cream of wheat”. It wasn’t bad though but I probably won’t make it again. I will try the “no oat oatmeal” recipe and see if it works better for me.

    ▪ 1 small handful of walnuts
    ▪ 1 small handful of pecans
    ▪ 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
    ▪ 1/2–1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ▪ 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
    ▪ 1 pinch ground ginger
    ▪ 1 tablespoon almond butter
    ▪ 1 banana, mashed
    ▪ 3 eggs
    ▪ 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more if you
    prefer it a little runny)
    ▪ 2 teaspoons pumpkin seeds
    ▪ 1 handful of goji berries or fresh berries (optional, but great addition)

  25. I made this but I used a fresh apple with the skin. I put it in the food processor and added a small amount of Almond breeze ( almond/ coconut ) and it was amazing … Added almond slices and dried cranberries and honey.

  26. This sounds awesome, and I miss oatmeal, but I loathe applesauce! It makes me want to puke! Does anyone have a good suggestion for a substitute? More almond butter perhaps?

  27. Made it this morning and loved it! I also added a tbls of ground flax seed, had an over easy egg and it was all very filling.

  28. I thought half the recipe was the perfect amount for one person. I left out the nutmeg and it was extremely delicious. Had some ham on the side and four hours later not feeling hungry yet!

  29. This turned out great! I added ground flax seeds, fresh green organic apples, and a couple of fresh cherries. I did use the nutmeg and cinnamon, just a tiny bit. Way better than I thought it would be, and it had the texture of oatmeal, too. I will make this again!

  30. I have been Paleo for one month and have lost 15lbs. I love eggs and could eat them 50 million ways but i wanted an alternative and this hit the spot!! I have always despised oatmeal so I was a bit skeptical but this is manna from heaven. Absolutely delicious! I love that i could just nuke it on a busy morning and add a sliced banana for texture. Yum Yum Yum!! Thank you!

  31. I really enjoyed this. It was very easy and tasted bery yummy. Had a fried egg and was good to go for the morning,

  32. Um, this is amazing! The slightly sweet applesauce and smooth texture give it a dessert-like quality. This is a new favorite!

  33. I tried making this, and had fantastic results! I’m eating a modified paleo diet (my apologies for you hardcore Paleolithics!) as part of a diagnostic process. I’ve been really craving things like grains and oats for about 2 weeks, and this was perfect! I added pumpkin seeds, shredded unsweetened coconut, dried cranberries, almonds (raw whole & sliced), fresh blackberries, fresh blueberries, and fresh raspberries! I fried up an egg and had a green smoothie too! This is an absolutely perfect dish to help create a more satisfying and well-balanced breakfast!

    Here’s a picture!!

  34. Absolutely loved this recipe. Fairly new to Paleo & I’ve been looking for a great quick breakfast for the school mornings. This will become a firm favourite in our house I think :) my two young girls, picky 2yr old boy & husband all loved it too. Thank you do you have any more simular quick breakfast ideas?

  35. Any thoughts on making this in the microwave? I don’t eat till I get to work in the morning and theres no stove there…

  36. So far, this is my favorite breakfast recipe. My 14-month-old son really enjoyed it too. I found it very filling. I just started paleo a few days ago, and my husband is not on the plan. He is tall and slender and consumes what he pleases without gaining weight. My goal is to lose no more than 15 pounds (10 of which are baby weight). Any tips on staying on track and avoiding cravings with my husband’s junk food around?? Thanks :-)

  37. @sjackson2818 – making it in the microwave is totally doable, I would just stir it every 30 seconds until warmed through and to the consistency you like.

    This was good – I added some chopped raw cashews as it was heating, it definitely had the consistence I was looking for after adding the nuts. I also had it with a little chicken and scrambled egg to round it out and with the addition of the protein I feel like this will last me through until lunch.

  38. Fast and easy, rich and creamy! Very filling. Pleasantly surprised at how “cereal like” this was. My 10 year old really enjoyed this, too.

  39. I am wondering how long I can keep and use a can of coconut milk once I’ve opened it and only used a few tablespoons for this recipe? I put it in a covered jar in the refrigerator. How long do you think it’s still good?

    Thanks for your recipes…such a wonderful find for me! :)

    1. Cara – I’ve kept coconut milk in the fridge for up to 5 or 6 days in the fridge and it was still good. The thing with coconut milk is that it will be very obvious when it’s bad. It smells and tastes like rotten eggs…

  40. I loved this. I added ground millet, sunflower seeds, almond and goji berry mix ( from Aldi) and it was delicious and filling. I could easily have it every day for breakfast.

  41. Loved this as well! I made it just as directed except warmed in micro. I added a few pecan bits, dried apricot, dried cherries & chopped dates.
    One question; I know this doesn’t call for “full fat” cocoanut milk but if it did would it say right on the can “full fat”? and what is the difference in the “no sugar added” cocoanut milk beverage that you buy in the dairy aisle alongside soy & almond milk. Is that also used in recipes or just for drinking?
    Thanks for the info!

  42. Hi Neely,

    Can you eat it cold after it has been cooked. I work out in the morning and only have a microwave available after my workout. I really can’t eat before that. Thank you.

    1. navycrossfitr1893 – You can really eat any food cold after it’s been cooked. It’s just about personal preference.

  43. I enjoyed this recipe! I made the basic recipe with homemade applesauce, and tasted it so I’d have a base-line. e I need a ‘heartier’ breakfast, and wondered how it would be as a CUSTARD. I used 2 eggs + 3 Tbsp of additional coconut milk (will try almond next time). It was DELICIOUS, dessert for breakfast!

  44. we LOVE this recipe. I am honestly baffled by any negative comments on here. We make this for our non paleo family members when they are visiting because it’s so easy and delicious and SUPER FILLING. The more we’ve made it, the more I’ve experimented with the types of nut butters and spices. My favorite combination is NuttZo seven seed and nut butter with cinnamon instead of nutmeg. This is such a simple delicious breakfast. Thanks!

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