Grain-Free Coconut Wild Berry Oatmeal!

coconut paleo oatmeal What did you have for breakfast today?

All-too-often lately I have slid into a no-breakfast cycle, alternating with a sad breakfast without protien (like a banana or two) or one with no variety (eggs, plain).  While the somewhat uninspired breakfast is better than nothing, there is simply no excuse for not eating well in the morning.

Without something delicious to start the day, things are less energetic. And after learning that every day it is optimal to have two to three cups of berries and other dark fruits (here’s more, as THIS way to eat will revolutionize your life!), the imerative need to sneak them into more meals has been a real thing on my mind.

By the way, science has proven that we do eat with our eyes, so its worth not just having breakfast, but also having it look good, too!

Time has been, of course, my biggest excuse for living breakfast-free.  So, I scoured my favorite grain-free blogs to find breakfast ideas… and on one of my favorites I found what became the base concept of this crazy-awesome wild berry coconut oatmeal! It is 100% Paleo, Gluten & Grain Free, SCD legal and totally satisfying!!!

To start, the concept and execution of the coconut oatmeal was born at Empowered Sustenance. I tweaked it in a way that made it feel more hearty to me and more oatmeal textured.  The original is glorious, but I like my spoon to sinking into the creaminess with a bit more crunch.  If you love great food and great nutrition, I highly suggest you take a moment to bookmark this blog right HERE. 

Grain Free Coconut Wild Berry Oatmeal 

1 cup full-fat coconut milk without guar gum added!  (*you can do this with Trader Joe’s Light coconut milk cans if in a pinch, but I prefer to do fresh coconut milk or canned guar-gum free coconut milk from Natural Value. )

3 scant TBS coconut flour (they sell it at Trader Joe’s now in the USA!)

4 TBS unsweetened, shredded coconut.  (I get a medium shred so that it has texture; the finer the shred the more the base will be like custard which is still good but not what you want from oatmeal!)

1 TBS honey

1/4 tsp vanilla

2 TBS or so of sunflower seeds to add in/ more to add on top!

a pinch of sea salt

a splash of cinnamon

1 cup of frozen organic berries ( I now keep organic wild berry mixes in my freezer at all times!) — they can defrost a bit while you cook.

optional: 1 small organic egg at room temperature, or a 1/4 cup of homemade applesauce or 1/2 of a banana mashed up.

To execute this well, stir up the first 5 ingredients (coconut flour & shredded coconut, coconut milk, vanilla and honey) in a little pot over medium heat using a wire whisk if you can. A whisk helps to break down clumps in the coconut flour and makes you feel like chef at the same time! If not, use a fork and stir well until it is all smooth.

Now, sit tight for a moment, leave this on medium-low heat so you don’t scortch it, and keep a eye on it until it starts boiling.

As it boils, I whisk constantly for about 2 minutes.

At this point you can do one of three things:

1. remove it from heat, add a room-temperature egg as Lauren suggests and whip it up (if you do this off of heat and whip it it in fast it shouldn’t scramble)  then put it back on your low flame burner and cook it for a few more minutes. I stir fairly constantly when I add an egg.

2. add 1/4 cup of natural apple sauce (SCD folks: use homemade apple sauce only!) and heat it through.

3. add 1/2 a mashed ripe banana and heat it through (*this makes it more like banana coconut pudding- still great but not quite oatmeal-esque.

Now: to finish this off, add the seeds and cook those through with the pinch of sea salt for just a minute.

Once you have it in a bowl (*one hungry person like me can eat this whole thing!), pile on the frozen berries, extra seeds, more coconut and some cinnamon if you’d like.

I let it sit for one minute as the berries cool off the super-hot “oatmeal” and defrost in the process.

Then it is gone, in the next minute.

It is so good, and once you get the hang of the steps you can create your own variations!!!


xoxo Dana




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