I don't know about any of you suckers, but I've been freezing my cheeks off as of late. It's winter and it's cold. And when it's cold, I crave warm and cozy dishes. Yes, it is my strong opinion that food can be cozy. It is also my strong opinion that oatmeal is an ultimate winter cozy dish. Well...too bad so sad. Oatmeal is a paleo no-no. Womp womp womp.
OR IS IT?! Muahahaha. So believe it or not, paleo oatmeal, or "n'oatmeal" as I like to call it, is indeed possible. You just can't use oats...which I understand is the key ingredient in our pre-paleo beloved winter breakfast go to, so this may seem like a total bust. But I assure you, this n'oatmeal gives you a great oatmeal-like consistency with such yummy flavor. I used pumpkin, because, even though it's no longer October and Starbucks is already onto its next "white chocolate peppermint mocha" whatever the hell they're featuring, I STILL LOVE PUMPKIN. Marginalizing pumpkin as a "fall flavor" is just unjust. If it's canned year-round, you can bet your sweet ass I'm going to eat year-round. So put that in your juice box and suck it!
I also added grass-fed whey protein from my favorite source, SFH, to this dish. Without it, the protein profile is a little lacking as there is only one egg in the oatmeal base. So, with an added protein punch, healthy carbs and fat, I'm nice and filled up until lunch time! But let's not be mistaken, this isn't ONLY a breakfast food. Make it whenever the hell you want! One of the many beauties of paleo is that there is no place for convention. I eat dinner foods for breakfast and I often eat breakfast for dinner! In fact, I'll probably make this treat for dessert tonight :)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use SFH Pure)
- Drizzle of honey or maple syrup to taste (optional for sweetness)
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp coconut flakes
- In a medium saucepan, add pumpkin puree, coconut milk and coconut flour. Cook over medium heat for about one minute.
- Add egg, cinnamon, vanilla and protein powder to the saucepan and whisk through. Let cook for about 5 minutes, stirring through here and there.
- While the n'oatmeal cooks, place the coconut flakes in a skillet and heat over high heat. Stir them around some and remove from heat once they turn slightly golden.
- When the n'oatmeal is ready, drizzle honey or maple syrup (if using) and whisk through. Pour into a bowl and top with toasted coconut flakes. Enjoy!