Autumn Spice No-oatmeal


Back in the day, oatmeal was my go to breakfast. I ate it religiously..topped with milk and frozen blueberries. It was the last thing that I wanted to give up when I switched to a primal/paleo lifestyle and I was so grateful to find a recipe for no-oatmeal on Mark’s Daily Apple. That quickly became my staple breakfast and soon enough, it became our regular Monday breakfast.

Sometimes you can get too much of a good thing and my kids have become bored with plain no-oatmeal so I’ve been on a mission to shake things up a little. I tried chocolate no-oatmeal and it was a hideous fail. “Really, kids?? It’s CHOCOLATE!!!” Like most other primal/paleo families, I struggle with breakfast because the kids’ tastes are all so different.

Logan likes his eggs fried, Adam has to have his scrambled and his bacon has to be crispy…but not TOO crispy, Gavin will eat almost anything..sometimes.., Anya dislikes anything that looks different or that I’ve added pepper too, Wylder would prefer to just eat a banana and bacon. It’s really difficult to find something that everyone will eat so I am in experiment mode.

The mornings have turned very chilly and I take a lot of pride in sending my kids off to school with a belly full of warm breakfast. The kids do love the Cinnamon Apple Hot Cereal from Paleo Parents so the idea of making a no-oatmeal for them with apples in it seemed perfect…but what if I added carrots too!?!

The flavour reminds me of my Grandma’s Christmas pudding (which ranks in my top 5 favourite childhood foods) and feels like the perfect fall breakfast. It’s a big batch for either a lot of people or to eat for the whole week. Prep it the night before and save yourself some time in the morning.


Autumn Spice No-oatmeal

Serves 6


1 cup raw pecans

1 cup raw walnuts

1/2 cup unsweetened ribbon coconut

10 whole medjool dates, pitted

12 eggs

1 can coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons coconut oil

1 cup shredded apple (peeled and cored)

1 cup shredded carrot

1/2 cup unsulfured raisins

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch ground cloves


In a food processor, or blender, pulse pecans, walnuts, ribbon coconut, and medjool dates until mealy and combined. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, and vanilla. Set aside.

In a large pot, heat coconut oil over medium heat; until melted. Sautee shredded apple and shredded carrot for 2 minutes. Add in raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; stir.

Stir blended nuts/dates into the pot and continue to cook for 1 minute. Pour in egg and coconut milk mixture; whisk until thoroughly combined.

Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently, until it reaches an oatmeal like consistency; 5-7 minutes. Serve with additional raisins, coconut, coconut milk, coconut cream, maple syrup, or toppings of your choice!

This will keep for several days in the refrigerator.

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21 Responses to Autumn Spice No-oatmeal

  1. sarah tucker says:

    Well I made it as I was cleaning up after supper and we ate it for dessert and again for bedtime snack! Good thing it’s a big batch so there is enough for breakfast!! Thank you for sharing! It’s kind of like bread pudding with a carrot cake feel!

  2. Meaghan B says:

    I don’t normally put replies on food posts but this one blew me away!
    I am also one who used to eat oatmeal as my breakfast staple for years as it was quick and easy and I’m very busy so my breakfast is usually consumed quickly or as I’m out the door. And once I went paleo I said goodbye to my oatmeal and hello to eggs and veggies for breakfast. I saw this post on FB, decided to try it out since I had most of the ingredients at home. I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into with step one and two of the recipe but once I got everything in the pot and it started cooking down I let out a cry of joy (I’ll admit it but I really did my own happy dance by myself in my kitchen)….it was really turning into oatmeal consistency!!
    I let it cook down to my liking and had a bowl of it right then!
    Thank you so very much for this! This is definitely a recipe I’m going to add into my rotation! It’s delicious and has enough oatmeal like consistency and flavor that at this point my tastebuds and stomach don’t really know the difference. It also kept me full and with energy which is hugely important since I have a long time between breakfast and a lunch break.

  3. Angela says:

    I want to try this, but I don’t eat dates–do you think they are essential to the texture, or could I skip them and just add a little honey?

  4. Kara says:

    This was really good. I put it into several containers and reheated it several days in a row for breakfast and it kept me full until lunch! Thanks for sharing! It was a nice change up from the regular no-oatmeal I make.

  5. Jessica says:

    I do want to make this, but am curious as to how “eggy” it tastes…I too have problems keeping all children happy with tastes, and two flat out refuse anything with egg. So the question is, do you think I can sneak this by them? Thanks!

  6. angela raine-magri says:

    i just have to tell you how much we love this recipe!!!!!!!!! i’ve made it at least 5 times and the kids go crazy over it!!! delicious for breakfast or a snack! i love that it has tons of eggs for protein too! once again, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!

  7. Summer Davis says:

    n’oatmeal is my favorite Paleo breakfast food. I am so boring with eggs every day, I’m really glad to have a new n’oatmeal recipe to try!

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  9. Oh my. . . oatmeal has always been my go to favorite. . . and I’ll admit to a cheat every now and then (soaked steel cut oats). I haven’t found a suitable replacement and we are sooooo excited to try this out! Since we are on the 21 Day Sugar Detox, it’ll have to wait a couple weeks. . . until then, I’ll live in anticipation!

  10. Marjori says:

    This looks yummy, but I am allergic to walnuts & pecans are starting to give me the same symptoms. Can I use almonds, cashews, or anything else??

    I have never really been a fan of oatmeal, but I always LOVED cream of wheat and miss it terribly.

  11. Lisa says:

    I’m fairly new to this Paleo thing. I was wandering if there was possibly a way to add peaches or strawberries (fresh or frozen) to this recipe. If so, what if anything would you leave out. Just thinking about the instant peaches n’ cream and strawberries n’ cream oatmeal that I used to love eating. Also honey nut instant oatmeal. Thanks for this recipe I will definitely give it a try.

    • Tara says:

      Switch out the carrots for peaches or strawberries and eliminate the nutmeg and ginger. That actually sounds really good! Please let me know if you make it!

  12. KWoo says:

    Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! This is my first Paleo meal I’ve tried to make and it is utterly delicious! slowly trying to lean towards a healthier lifestyle with fewer processed carbohydrates and more real food. As a self proclaimed carbaholic, it’s nice to know that meals can be delicious and healthy! Looking forward to trying other recipes I’ve seen listed here. Again, thank you thank you thank you!

  13. Marloes says:

    Looks delish, but the recipe is way to much for my lonely me. Do you think I can cut the recipe in half or quarter it very well?

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