Paleo “oatmeal”

It’s SNOWING here.It’s not sticking, but still – as a result, I feel like you should all make something warm. And since I’m on my Paleo Whole 30.. well, I might as well share something grain-less. Right?


Now, one of the things I miss most since starting Paleo has been cozy grains at breakfast.



Peanut butter toast.

Bagel sandwiches.


I never feel like my breakfast is complete if I haven’t had some sort of carby item! Talk about major life habit. So imagine my delight when I read Tina’s post last week about faux oatmeal, aka oats with zero oats whatsoever.

I’ve never used plain flax in my life (only pre-mixed into peanut butter), but I ran out to Trader Joe’s to pick up a bag and see if this magical recipe could be real. I tweaked a few things because I can never leave a recipe as is, but oh. my. goodness.


Who knew flaxseeds, eggs, and almond milk could create something so similar to oats? I mean, it’s almost creepy. But creepy in a “I’m going to make this every day” type of way.

The bowl I whipped up didn’t quite taste like oatmeal, in my opinion, but it did taste carby and super duper fluffy, and that’s all I was really going for.. Actually, the taste was sort of similar to a bread pudding, i.e. thick and little eggy. Not in a bad way, but more like in a baked good sorta way (I have a heavy hand with the cinnamon). Weird, I know.

And holy protein, Batman! I originally made this one egg and one egg white, but I think it tastes better with just two egg whites.

This breakfast kept me full for literally 4 hours. That has NEVER happened to me with real oats.

Moral of the story: make this and let me know what you think! Including all of you oatmeal haters out there. 😉 I think this will surprise you.

Paleo “Oatmeal”


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla)
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


1. Whisk together egg whites, and almond milk in a small bowl.  Stir in ground flax, banana, vanilla, and cinnamon. Blend well. Note: Be sure that your banana is very mashed, or else you will have lumpy “oats.”

2. In a small saucepan, warm mixture on low heat, stirring frequently to reach desired oatmeal-like  consistency. Approx. 5 minutes.

3. Dress bowl of “oatmeal” with whatever you would usually top your oats with (I usually go with sliced banana, blueberries, a spoonful of nut butter, etc.) and enjoy!

Serves 1

51 Comments on Paleo “oatmeal”

  1. katie @KatieDid
    January 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM (6 years ago)

    creepy in a I’m going to make this everyday kind of way… HAHA. honestly… most of my meals are along those lines.
    And also- I really hope you give crossfit a try- you will fall even more out of love with running (in a good way…?). But really, it’s honestly a lot of fun.

    • joelle
      January 9, 2012 at 8:13 PM (6 years ago)

      Katie, your comment literally just made me want to try CrossFit even MORE. Uh, can you come here and take a class w me? 😉 Let me know if you try the oats!

  2. Maureen
    January 9, 2012 at 8:32 PM (6 years ago)

    TOO FUNNY! I just went back to Tina’s blog at lunch today to find this recipe, so I can make it for breakfast one day. Glad it’s such a good recipe 2 blogs have featured it!

    • joelle
      January 9, 2012 at 8:53 PM (6 years ago)

      Maureen: It literally shocked me how this came together in an oatmeal-like way! Give it a shot, but def use plenty of cinnamon/vanilla/etc. or else it’ll taste eggy!

  3. Allison
    January 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM (6 years ago)

    Thanks for explaining how to do it! I am interested in trying it for myself 🙂 Guess I need to make a trip to TJ’s to pick up some flax first…

  4. Grace
    August 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM (5 years ago)

    I usually eat breakfast at work… Do you think this would keep for more than an hour before eating?

    • joelle
      August 29, 2012 at 9:22 AM (5 years ago)

      Hi Grace – I’ve never tried it, but I would imagine it would since it’d be pre-cooked, and then I’d just microwave at work, possibly adding some milk if it had gotten too thick from sitting. I wouldn’t keep it out for more than an hour though. Let me know if you try – now I’m curious! Thanks for reading. 🙂

      • Grace
        September 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM (5 years ago)

        Hi Joelle! I tried to bring the oatless oatmeal to work – and it definitely didn’t taste as good reheated in the microwave. Kind of slimey! Im thinking I should stick to Paleo pancakes when I want to transport breakfast 🙂 love your recipe at home, though! Yum

  5. Marissa
    September 3, 2012 at 11:23 PM (5 years ago)

    Can you sub the banana for anything else? I despise bananas lol

    • joelle
      September 4, 2012 at 7:12 AM (5 years ago)

      Marissa: hmm, I’ve never tried it, but I would bet pumpkin or mashed sweet potato would work well too ( if not better)… I may need to experiment w that actually! Thanks for reading.:)

  6. Lauren @SizzleEats
    September 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM (5 years ago)

    I gave this a try this morning and it was fantastic! I just put your recipe up on my blog because it was delicious. I did end up using whole eggs as opposed to the egg white because I honestly just forgot and a whole banana because this morning my bananas were doing their own thing!

    • joelle
      September 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM (5 years ago)

      YAY- so glad you liked it! I’m sure it was great using a whole egg v. whites!

  7. Katie
    September 15, 2012 at 7:19 AM (5 years ago)

    Hi- could i use chia seeds, or anything else, in place of the flax?

    • joelle
      September 15, 2012 at 8:51 AM (5 years ago)

      Katie: I’m not sure actually – I’ve never tried! I would imagine chia seeds would make it more like a pudding, because the flax really lends to more of a grain-y feel.. if you try, let me know how it turns out, okay? Thanks for reading?

  8. UnKnown
    September 18, 2012 at 3:27 PM (5 years ago)

    Please add RSS To your blog sharing options! =) Just because I enjoy this blog quite a bit&that’s a preferred way to track blogs –

    • joelle
      September 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM (5 years ago)

      Great suggestion- I will. Thanks for reading!!

  9. erin
    September 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM (5 years ago)

    i’m blown away! can’t wait to try this… i always feel guilty straying from my normal paleo path with regular oats when i get a craving. thank you!

    • joelle
      September 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM (5 years ago)

      Erin: I know what you mean.. I hope you like the recipe – let me know if you try it! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  10. Abby
    October 3, 2012 at 5:22 PM (5 years ago)

    How many calories?

  11. Kim
    October 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM (5 years ago)

    I’m eating right now- yummy!! Can’t thank you enough!

    • joelle
      October 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM (5 years ago)

      So glad to hear that! Thanks for reading!

  12. Melody
    February 12, 2013 at 6:21 AM (5 years ago)

    Any substitute for the eggs to make this vegan? 🙁

    • joelle
      February 12, 2013 at 7:51 AM (5 years ago)

      Hmm-good question! I don’t know, to be honest, since it’s already made with flax… You could experiment and try adding in a flax egg, but I’d be worried that would be flax overload. I’ll let you know if I come up with an alternative – thanks for reading!

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  14. Jeff
    September 7, 2013 at 9:01 AM (4 years ago)

    I made this exactly as posted and it came out like soup. Even after going on 8 minutes on the stove. How do I make it stickier?

    • joelle
      September 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM (4 years ago)

      I find putting the heat up and stirring a lot works…the consistency is not quite sticky, but more so thick, sort of like a grainy meringue. I’m so sorry it’s didn’t come out for you though!

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    • darma
      January 7, 2015 at 8:13 AM (3 years ago)

      I used boxed egg whites on this and gave a quick whip with an immersion blender before transferring to a pan. I cooked on medium stirring often until the eggs just started setting. The mixture will start to clump if you cook too long. Served with a pat of butter and a dash of pure maple syrup. It was nearly soufflé like. Much better recipe then the “ground nut” porridges out there… It’s very light and not heavy like other recipes. Two thumbs up!

  18. Michele
    March 21, 2015 at 6:34 AM (3 years ago)

    can this be made in big batches for the week and stored in the refrigerator? I don’t have time to make this each morning

    • joelle
      March 21, 2015 at 1:20 PM (3 years ago)

      I’ve never tried, actually! I would probably only make enough for a couple days, because I’d worry the egg would get gross in it… but I’m honestly not sure! If you try, let me know.


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