Chunky Monkey Paleo Breakfast Porridge a.k.a. Oatless Oatmeal
Paleo Oatmeal Alternative – Shredded Coconut & Almond Flour Porridge with Nut Butter, Cocoa & Walnuts
Looking for a Paleo oatmeal alternative or “oatless oatmeal”—that tastes like ACTUAL oatmeal? Try this microwaveable Paleo breakfast porridge recipe, made with almond flour and shredded coconut! It’s creamy and comforting, warm and satisfying, and SO fluffy just like oatmeal, except without the oats.
Honestly, when I tried this grain free oatmeal for the first time, I could hardly even believe it didn’t contain any oats, grains, OR added sugars at all! This Paleo breakfast porridge is naturally sweet, thanks to the mashed banana. And, with a bit of cocoa power and nut butter stirred in, you can make your oatless oatmeal taste like an indulgent, chunky monkey treat.
Best of all, Paleo oatmeal is just as easy to make as traditional oatmeal. Simply pop your bowl of almond flour porridge into the microwave to cook, and it’s ready in minutes. Plus, you only need a few basic ingredients to make it—and everything in this Paleo porridge is also totally VEGAN!
But, unlike traditional oatmeal, this grain free oatmeal isn’t just a carb-heavy dish. With almond flour and shredded coconut as the base ingredients, this Paleo breakfast porridge has a healthier balance of nutrients.
Rich in satiating fats, with 13g of fiber and 12g of plant-based protein per bowl, it’s a healthy breakfast that will keep you feeling full and fueled!
Is Oatmeal Paleo? And Is Grain Free Oatmeal Even a Thing?
If you’re not so familiar with the Paleo diet, or if you’re wondering why the heck oat free oatmeal is even a thing, let me explain. While classic oatmeal is generally considered a nutritious, whole grain breakfast, oatmeal is NOT Paleo approved. Grains of all kinds are not considered Paleo—which is why many folks are hungry for grain free oatmeal alternatives!
And I know, oatless oatmeal and oat free oatmeal are absolutely total oxymorons. But, even though grains and oatmeal aren't Paleo approved, there are still plenty of Paleo oatmeal lovers out there! So, why not create a Paleo oatmeal alternative that can satisfy those cravings?
I don’t personally follow a strict Paleo diet or diet of any kind, but Paleo is one diet that I’ve found resonates most with my own healthy lifestyle. And, that’s in part because I’ve found that my body doesn’t respond very well to grains! I still love oatmeal, but having an oat free oatmeal option like this Paleo breakfast porridge is a big WIN in my book.
So yes, grain free oatmeal IS a thing. You can call it Paleo porridge or almond flour porridge if the oatless oatmeal oxymoron drives you nuts. Whatever you want to call it, I assure you it’s delicious!
The challenge is how to create a Paleo breakfast porridge without grains, that still tastes like a convincing Paleo oatmeal alternative.
Say Hello to Paleo Breakfast Porridge – The Oat Free Paleo Oatmeal Alternative!
In my quest for a grain free oatmeal option, this Paleo breakfast porridge came to be. For my Paleo oatmeal alternative base recipe, I designed an ALMOND FLOUR porridge made with shredded coconut and banana!
Mashed banana gives this oatless oatmeal plenty of all-natural sweetness, so NO added sugar or sweeteners needed. And, the combination of almond flour and shredded coconut results in an irresistibly light-and-fluffy texture that makes this grain free oatmeal SO comforting. Surprisingly similar to actual oatmeal!
For my liquid, I used a bit of almond milk to keep this Paleo breakfast porridge dairy free, but you could use any nondairy milk that you like. Or regular dairy milk, if you’re just hungry for a grain free oatmeal and it doesn’t need to be Paleo approved.
And finally, I got extra indulgent with my Paleo oatmeal and flavored it chunky monkey style! I just added a bit of cinnamon and cocoa powder to my oatless oatmeal base to give it a rich, chocolaty flavor. And then, after my almond flour porridge finished cooking, I stirred in some cashew butter for salty-sweet creaminess!
I topped it all off with chopped walnuts and cacao nibs for a satisfying crunch and a boost of nutrition. Of course, get creative with your Paleo breakfast porridge by changing up the flavorings, mix-ins, and toppings! Customize this Paleo oatmeal alternative however you like, so you can enjoy it again and again in tasty new ways.
How to Make Paleo Almond Flour Porridge a.k.a. Oatless Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a tried-and-true healthy breakfast choice not just because it’s deliciously comforting, but also because it’s quick and just plain easy to make. And good news: making Paleo oatmeal is equally quick-and-easy.
Just mix your Paleo breakfast porridge together, pop the bowl into the microwave, and presto—you’ve got fluffy grain free oatmeal that’s ready to serve!
First, grab a microwave-safe bowl and mash up your banana half. Then, add in your remaining almond flour porridge ingredients: almond flour, unsweetened coconut shreds, cocoa powder, milk of choice, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Set aside any mix-ins or toppings until after your Paleo oatmeal finishes cooking.
Again, if chunky monkey Paleo porridge isn’t your style or you’d like to make your oatless oatmeal with different flavorings, go for it! Simply omit or substitute for the cocoa powder in the almond flour porridge base.
Give it all a good mix, stirring well to integrate, and into the microwave it goes! Cook your grain free oatmeal on high power for just 1-2 minutes.
(Cook time for this Paleo breakfast porridge is based on my 1000-watt microwave. Depending on the wattage of your microwave, cook time may vary slightly.)
Whole30 & Paleo Oatmeal Toppings Ideas
Once your Paleo oatmeal is fluffy and cooked to your liking, you can add any mix-ins and toppings!
I like to add some cashew butter into my chunky monkey oatless oatmeal while it’s still warm—I LOVE the bit of saltiness and creaminess it adds. You could use almond butter, or really any nut butter you prefer. Or, go with sunflower seed butter to keep your Paleo breakfast porridge nut free!
Then, keeping with my chunky monkey flavor profile, I sprinkled some chopped walnuts and cacao nibs on top. Crunchy elements are a fun way to change up the texture AND I get a superfood boost, too!
Go wild with whichever Paleo oatmeal toppings you like! There are tons of options:
- Nuts—slivered almonds, chopped cashews, chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, pistachios
- Seeds—pumpkin seeds, sunflower seed kernels
- Dried Fruit—raisins, chopped dates, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, chopped prunes, coconut flakes
- Fresh Fruit
- Sweet Treats—cacao nibs, shaved/chopped 100% dark chocolate