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This Low Carb Oatmeal is the perfect comfort breakfast on a cold or rainy day!
What is Paleo Oatmeal?
Have you ever heard of noatmeal? It's a version of paleo oatmeal that doesn't actually use any oats! It's perfect if you're following a paleo diet or a low carb one. Instead of using oats, chia seeds are used to create a pudding alongside different nuts and seeds.
Chia puddings are as easy to make, but you usually wouldn't cook the pudding down like this recipe. For example, my recipe for a Paleo Chia Pudding simply uses chia seeds and almond milk that sit in the fridge overnight.
My favourite oatmeal flavours have always been maple or apple cinnamon so I decided to recreate my favourite recipe using paleo friendly ingredients. The best thing about paleo oatmeal is that you can customize it any way you want, use any kind of nuts or seeds and use any kind of nut milk you like. I'm a big fan of almond milk, but cashew milk would be an even better choice if you don't keep too much attention to carbs.
The best part about Cinnamon Oatmeal
When I first made low carb oatmeal, I had just added random nuts to my chia pudding and noticed that pecans would really go well with maple and cinnamon flavouring. I decided to cook the chia pudding instead of just leaving it in the fridge all night because I wanted the nuts and seeds to really absorb the maple and cinnamon flavoured almond milk. Also, boiling the nuts assures they become soft, but still have a little bit of crunch in them just like the real deal.
You can top this low carb oatmeal with any kind of fruit you want, I chose blackberries for their low carb count but also because I had recently found some at Costco. If you want to step up your game with this oatmeal, you could even turn it into a parfait! Just like this Chocolate Raspberry Chia Parfait, add some nut butter or Sugar Free Nutella to a glass and top with this oat meal when cooled down!
How to prepare Keto Oatmeal
It's actually really hard for me to decide which version I prefer because every day I feel like I prefer a different version. This low carb oatmeal recipe can be eaten either hot or cold. It all depends on your mood and patience in the morning.
Whenever I'm rushed, then I usually eat it cold with some fresh berries on top, but if I have time in the morning, then i'll heat it up in the microwave alongside some frozen fruit.
My favourite way to prepare this keto oatmeal is to cook the chia seeds and nuts in a pot until considerably thickened down. However, you could just add all of the ingredients to a large Tupperware and place it in the fridge over night. You'd just need to mix and stir everything before serving! You can use any type of liquid you want, from almond milk to coconut milk, it's guaranteed to taste amazing.
I have had a couple of readers test out whether this cinnamon oatmeal would work in the crockpot and it does! It does become more crunchy and has less liquid, but they said that it turned out perfectly!
For more breakfast or snack recipes, you'll want to try these keto chewy granola bars.
Maple Low Carb Oatmeal
- 60 g (½ cups) walnuts
- 60 g (½ cups) pecans
- 40 g (¼ cups) sunflower seeds
- 15 g (¼ cup) coconut flakes
- 1000 ml (4 cups) unsweetened almond milk
- 4 tbsp (4 tbsp) chia seeds
- ⅜ tsp (⅜ tsp) stevia powder
- ½ tsp (½ tsp) cinnamon
- 1 tsp (1 tsp) maple flavouring (optional)
- Add the walnuts, pecans and sunflower seeds to a food processor and pulse a few times to crumble them up.
- In a large pot, add all of the ingredients. Put on low and simmer for a good 20-30 minutes, stirring, until the chia seeds have absorbed most of the liquid. Don't forget to stir as the seeds can stick to your pot at the bottom!
- When the oatmeal has thickened, turn off the heat and serve hot. You can also let it cool down and store it in the fridge for your breakfast the next day.
- Serve with fresh fruits and any other desired toppings.
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I used up all my chia seeds but I have a bag of ground chia seeds. Have you ever made it with those instead? Im wondering how that would turn out.
Hi Brittany, I've actually never used ground chia seeds so am not sure! I'm sure it would turn out the same though.
Really enjoyed, thanks for recipe! I used flax meal instead of pecans, blended it all with my immersion blender, reduced coconut milk by half and nuked it for 3 minutes and was perfect for me; I've abandoned trying to calculate carbs - every calculator says something different, like you said it's only approximative, but if anybody has a reliable way to make sure they are under 20 I'd love to hear it!
Great recipe. It thickened up nicely. I think the next time I make it, I will soak the nuts overnight first to soften them up, then it will be superb. Thank you!
This has been cooking for 50 minutes and is still just liquid. What's wrong? My chia seeds are combo of chia, flax, and hemp, could that be the problem?
If you don't use the same amount of chia as stated, it won't absorb as much liquid, but after 50 minutes a lot of liquid should've evaporated by now.
I've been doing the ketogenic diet for about 2 month and I really missed my morning oatmeal. I was skeptical that anything could replace my overnight steel cut oats, but this did the trick. I subbed pumpkin seeds for sunflower seeds, because that is what I had, and I used banana flavoring instead of maple, because I miss bananas, too. I did it in the crockpot on high for 5 hours. I'll admit, the result looked highly unappetizing, a brown sludge. I tasted it though, and it's just like my crunchy, nutty oatmeal. Superb! Thank you!
Looks amazing definitely trying it.....
This is one of the best things I've ever eaten. Perfect with sliced banana. Thank you!
How long would this last in the fridge? Do you think it can last up to 4 days maybe?
Thank you for the fantastic recipe!
Quick question, pecan nuts aren't easily available where I live. Can I replace them with something else?
Hi Tara, you can use any type of nuts you want. Seeds also work fine!
I don't think you really mean 1000ml milk, do you?
Yes, I do. You need 1L = 1000ml for this recipe.
Are you able to reheat the second serving the next day? I'm completely new to PCOS and feeling quite overwhelmed, so I'm starting to explore my options. I love a big warm comforting breakfast (summer or winter!) so this sounds ideal for me.
Yes, of course! It makes four servings I believe, so you can warm it up any time!
Any idea of a conversion between Stevia powder and erythitol? Trying to use what I have on hand!
I would start with a 1/4 cup and add more if need be. Taste test and see how sweet you like it.
I am doing this again, to have my breakfasts ready for the week.
It brings me such comfort and I am energized all the way to lunch and beyond even without much calories!
This is now one of my go to recipe.
Hi, Have you ever exchanged Coconut milk for the Almond milk?
Hi Susan, yes you can use any type of milk for this recipe.
I have been missing oatmeal so much!
I made the same size recipe, and now I have three more breakfast to enjoy.
Thank you Mira!
Amazing recipe! I really love it:)
Thank you Irina!
I personally miss savory oatmeal with bacon, and parmesan cheese, sauteed mushrooms and onions. I bet this would do the trick.
I've never tried oatmeal like that! That sounds interesting 🙂
What is a serving size approx?
Hi Ashley, it's four servings. So around a cup per person. The serving size is usually written above the ingredients.