Friends, it is my absolute pleasure to bring you this recipe for a completely grain-free, delicious Paleo oatmeal alternative made with one of my very favorite ingredients…cauliflower! As many of my more creative recipes do, the idea of turning cauliflower into oatmeal came to me as I was drifting off to sleep. I knew I was onto something good.
Hot cereals/oatmeal-alternatives in the Paleo community are scarce and often loaded with nut flours and seeds to come up with something that resembles our dearly beloved bowl of oatmeal. I had tried a few myself, and nothing ever really satisfied–plus, while nut flours can be great from time to time, their significant calorie density + difficulty to digest isn’t ideal for me all the time. But you know what is? You guessed it. CAULIFLOWER.
With this magical vegetable we’re able to create a texture extremely similar to oatmeal, and with the help of almond milk and pure maple syrup, we’ve got a taste just like it, too! That’s right, my friends. Because of its extremely mild and adaptable taste, this doesn’t taste like cauliflower. Oatmeal’s got a new lower-carb, grain-free best friend…who happens to be packed with nutrients like Vitamin C, K, B6 & folate!
If you’re eating this for breakfast, you want to be sure you’re getting good protein and fats in your N’Oatmeal to keep you satisfied morning long. The butter/ghee/coconut oil called for in this recipe not only makes it taste delicious, but adds some crucial fats you need to start your day off on the right foot–a drizzle of nut butter on top would be incredibly tasty too! As for protein, this is a great base to mix in some protein powder. If you do, be sure to add in some extra almond milk so it doesn’t get too thick, and use a protein powder with quality ingredients that you really love the taste of. My favorite is from Primal Kitchen! If you don’t like the taste or texture protein powder creates, once the pot’s off the stove, stir in an egg or two–it’ll make it creamy and delicious with some nice added protein. Or serve this baby up with a side of bacon!
I so so hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you do, please let me know in the comments down below!
- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup*
- 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter, ghee or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 chopped dates optional
- 1 scoop protein powder optional
- 1/2 teaspoon maca optional
Boil or steam cauliflower florets until cooked through & tender. I recommend doing this step the night before in preparation if you're in a rush to eat breakfast in the morning! Otherwise, plan on about 20 minutes for this step.
Add cooked cauliflower florets and almond milk into a small pot. Either mash with a fork/potato masher, or pulse cauliflower lightly with an immersion blender. You can also add the cooked cauliflower with the almond milk to a food processor and gently pulse until you reach an oatmeal-like texture. Be sure not to over-mash or over-blend! We're looking for some small oat-sized chunks with a little bit of creaminess. Ya know, like oatmeal.
With the now oatmeal-ified cauliflower and almond milk in a small pot, add maple syrup, cinnamon, butter/ghee/coconut oil, chopped dates (if using), protein powder (if using) and maca powder (if using).
Stir until heated through! Add more almond milk for a thinner consistency, and more maple syrup for a sweeter taste.
Serve with fresh fruit, a dash of cinnamon, a splash of maple syrup & enjoy!
* Make sure to use 100% pure dark maple syrup. The darker, the less processed! And of course, you want to avoid any additives.
If using a protein powder, be wary--it can get a little strange in texture, so don't overdue it and use a nice, smooth, high-quality powder like my favorite from Primal Kitchen.
Wishing you the happiest day,
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