My Whole30 Oatmeal Replacement

by jessica on October 31, 2016

If you follow me on social media, you might have seen that I started Whole30 last week. I’ll get more into the “why” in another post, but I must say I am proud of myself for sticking with it for even just a week. No dairy or grains has been a big challenge for me since those are my two favorite food groups. I keep telling myself that it’s only 30 days and I am stronger than my love of string cheese and bread. At least I hope I am!

So much of the Whole30 meal plan centers around lean protein, veggies, and healthy fats. While all of this is keeping me full and energized, this fall weather has me standing in my kitchen every morning wishing I could have a bowl of oatmeal. Who knew that one day I’d be thinking of oatmeal as an indulgent treat?

After some research and reading dozens of recipes for nut porridge full of ingredients I either don’t have or cannot find at the Beloit Woodman’s, I finally have a great nut porridge recipe to share!

A quick note on the nuts – a lot of Whole30 and Paleo recipes call for “raw” nuts. That’s very much a marketing term. Read the back of the package. As long as the ONLY ingredient is the nut, you are good to go. Make sure it doesn’t contain any oils, salt, sugar, or hidden sugars like dextrose. Most of the Fisher’s brand nuts are suitable. Planters also now has some “raw” nuts as well. Save your wallet some pain!

Mixed Nut & Seed Porridge Base:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond meal/flour

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Chopped pecans were cheaper than whole pecans. Gave my blender a break 🙂

You will need a high power blender or food processor for this. Combine all ingredients in your blender/processor and pulse on high. Scrape down the bowl in between every couple of pulses. You want to make sure you don’t accidentally make nut butter! I have a Vitamix and was able to blend mine in 4 pulses. Once you have it all well mixed and the nuts ground, pour into a container that has a lid (you’ll be storing in the fridge). It’s ok if you have some lumps in the mixture. You can break them up with a fork or with your fingers.

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Nut Porridge:

  • 1/2 cup base
  • 1/2 – 1 cup almond or coconut milk (depending on your desired thickness)
  • Spices for flavor – cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg

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Strawberries, bananas, and a heavy dash of cinnamon is my favorite

In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the base, milk, and flavorings (spices, vanilla powder, maca, etc.). Another good addition is frozen fruit, fresh fruit (especially bananas), or if you want to get really indulgent some raw cacao powder! I happen to like my porridge very thick so I mix equal parts almond milk with the porridge base. This keeps me full for hours! I might actually keep this porridge in rotation after Whole30.

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