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28 Nov

No Oat Oatmeal… It’s No-atmeal!

When you’re looking for a protein-packed breakfast, eggs and meat seem like the most obvious choice. But if you go for the most obvious choice every single morning, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. So on those mornings when meat and eggs aren’t what you’re craving and you wake up feeling less like a hunter and more like a gatherer, try Mark’s Daily Apple reader Doug Descant’s ingenious recipe for No-atmeal.

Pronounced “note-meal” (as in, no oatmeal) Doug’s recipe, that he submitted for the Primal Cookbook Challenge, is for all you ex-cereal lovers out there and for anyone who needs a warm bowl of comforting goodness on a cold winter morning. As Doug says, “it’s a hot meal full of essential proteins and fats, not to mention the necessary vitamins and minerals, in order to stay energized for the cold weeks ahead.”

In Doug’s recipe a blend of pecans, walnuts and a dash of flaxseed is warmed up with almond milk custard, mashed banana and almond butter to create a wholly satisfying hot cereal. The texture is rich and so is the flavor, especially when you add warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and a topping of fresh berries and almond milk. Just thinking about eating No-atmeal for breakfast is guaranteed to coax you out of bed in the morning.


  • 1 small handful of walnuts
  • 1 small handful of pecans
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more if you prefer it a little runny)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1 handful of goji berries or fresh berries


Add walnuts, pecans, flax seed and spices to a food processor and pulse it down to a course grain, making sure to stop before it’s totally ground into a powder. Set aside.

Whisk together eggs and almond milk (Doug uses a Blender Bottle) until the consistency thickens a little bit into a loose custard. Thoroughly blend together the mashed banana and almond butter and add it to the custard, mixing well.

Stir in the nut mixture. Microwave or gently warm on the stove until the “no-atmeal” reaches your desired consistency; this should only take a few minutes. In both cases, stir the mixture frequently as it cooks.

Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and berries on top. Add more almond milk if you want. Lick the bowl clean!

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  1. I was skeptical, but this is really tasty and satisfying. I subbed blanched almonds for the pecans – I had them on hand and I loathe pecans. I also added some pumpkin seeds to the meal. Excellent! For those concerned about the egg getting cooked, just pop a candy thermometer in there to check your temps.

    Kristine wrote on July 12th, 2011
  2. The the next occasion I read a weblog, I truly hope so it doesnt disappoint me around brussels. Come on, man, Yes, it was my option to read, but I just thought youd have some thing intriguing to state. All I hear can be lots of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy searching for attention.

    Tyson Rizer wrote on September 1st, 2011
  3. I’m a newbie to pb, and like Mark said, I adore recipes that point me in the right direction and get me used to eating pb. I referee youth soccer, so during the playing season I’m not such a fiend about my carb intake, especially with weekends that have 12-13 games on my schedule at a tournament. Thank you so much for taking the time to post a yummy alternative to oatmeal (which I’m not a big fan of, I love Cream of Wheat, LOL) and for those of you who are worried about the whole banana, maybe use half of a banana? I’m definintely going to try the pumpkin version, I love pumpkin!! Thanks again!

    Alicia wrote on September 15th, 2011
  4. My toddler was a HUGE hot cereal fan before we started Paleo. It’s only been 12 days, but she LOVES this. I haven’t had access to the Almond milk so we’ve used Coconut milk, but none the less she eats two servings of this when I make it. I don’t care what people’s motivations for making it are, I got this when I asked a friend for something other than eggs and something filling for the toddler and this is the website she sent and I’m so glad she did! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    Wendeth wrote on November 11th, 2011
  5. Wow, just made that for my 6-year-old daughter and she loved it. Me too. Sometimes a bowl of hot cereal really hits the spot.

    Bob Connors wrote on December 14th, 2011
  6. OMG!! I have been jones-ing for some oatmeal the past couple weeks (since the weather is cooler) but refusing to give into the grain pull, and just making due with my hard boiled eggs. So then I stumbled upon this recipe!!! This is the BEST!!! It’s warm and gooey and just a nice comfort food!! That’s the part of the oatmeal, I figured out, that I was craving — the warm gooey goodness of a hot bowl of oatmeal. So now, it’s a warm gooey bowl of noatmeal!! So much better than traditional oatmeal!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

    CaliCaveMomma wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  7. Wow… very tasty, very filling and my son enjoyed it too which surprised me. He even came back for seconds, very pleased.
    I didn’t have almond milk so substituted coconut milk.

    Ste Kearns wrote on February 4th, 2012
  8. trying this tomorrow…but a question first…why no oatmeal? even if they are steel cut oats?

    forgive me if I missed the answer to this, I’m new to the site.


    Beena wrote on April 9th, 2012
    • No oats due to oats being a grain and grains being no go on primal :)

      Lorah wrote on April 12th, 2012
  9. This looks so good, I’m in love with all the ingredients. I must get a food processor so that I can have my no-oatmeal for breakfast and still stick to primal :)

    Meredith @ DareYouTo wrote on April 18th, 2012
  10. This is so yummy! My toddler loves it, as do I. Great to find a good alternative to porridge as I’m turning the family paleo.
    Thank you!

    Julena wrote on June 6th, 2012
  11. i eat something similar to this every morning! my recipe: mash 1 banana in a bowl, add 1/2 cup egg whites, 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1 tsp vanilla, mix. i refrigerate this overnight and then in the morning, stir in 1 tbsp flax meal. i cook on the stove for about 3-4 min and then stir in 1 tsp cinnamon. SO GOOD! with 1 tbsp almond butter and 1/4 cup frozen fruit on top, it is about 430 cals with 40% carb, 30 % fat, 30 % protein

    Rebecca wrote on June 13th, 2012
  12. Stumbled across this recipe and it is awesome – thankyou!

    Have been looking for a hot breakfast option that isnt eggs and bacon and this is perfect. I found the serve was quite big so I cut it in a third which was perfect with a sprinkle of berries.

    As for the others getting fired up – gee I think some people need to chill just because its called noatmeal, its has a similar texture and taste, I dont think that calls for a backlash. I agree with Sue – If it doesnt suit you, thats fine! I have found alot of recipes on the net that dont fit into my paleo lifestyle, but they may fit into the paleo/primal lifestyle of others!

    Leah B wrote on October 7th, 2012
  13. My doctor has me on a low carb diet – less than 150 grams per day, but even tho’ this would take nearly 1/3 of my allotment I would do it occasionally – the banana is a great way to get potassium & I try to eat at least one a week – just have it this way. It’s all good.

    Judi wrote on November 4th, 2012
  14. Awesome! Can’t wait to try. Although I’d maybe add flaxseed after heating/cooking. Heat will destroy the amazing oils found in flaxseed causing them to go rancid.

    PB wrote on February 4th, 2013
  15. I just made this and it is absolutely amazing! 😀 Very filling too!

    Jessica wrote on February 21st, 2013
  16. Just had this. YUM.

    I addded Raw Cacao Beans, Chia Seeds and Sesame Seeds in mine

    John wrote on February 22nd, 2013
  17. Hi everybody. I need some help here. I have been reading so much about seeds it they are safe to eat or not. I´m so happy to come by this specific article. A couple of years ago I discovered flax seed and chia (I had no clue about antinutrients back then) On a regular basis I would prepare my own cereal made of 2 tbs spoons of flax, chia, oats, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, shredded unsweetend coconut, wheat germ and added some raisins and fruit to sweeten it up. Now that I have become primal and learned about the dangers of these antinutrients I stopped consuming them. I only tried making my cereal (again after several months) only with flax, chia, almond, sesame, hemp seeds, because I have discovered this is the only method that keeps me regular (going #2 every day) I have been constipated most of my life and finding this “cereal” working for me. I do not want to stop consuming it on a regular bases, but of cousre I am concered with all I have read about the antinutrients, PUFAs and the omega ratios. My questions is, do I have to soak these seeds before consuming them? I ground my own flaxseed and keep it in the freezer. I also discovered that flaxseed eliminated my constant almost every day headaches I had for years and years (probably hormonal headaches) Now I rarle ever get a headache. So I have found many benefits through these seeds. How can I consume them safely??

    lilaalejandra wrote on May 11th, 2013
  18. Look good but I’d have to make mine ahead of time. Not much time in the a.m. for grinding, toasting and cooking… I still miss rolled Irish oats…

    nancy wrote on August 5th, 2013
  19. well done doug – this should definitely make the cookbook!

    cadilacrich wrote on December 5th, 2013
  20. This was SOOOO good. Reminded me of the flavors of banana bread. Definitely will be making this again.

    Kelly wrote on April 11th, 2014
  21. Thank you so much for this recipe! It has become a staple for me. I simplify it a little bit using 3 egg yolks (sensitive to whites), almond milk, 1 banana, some flax seed and then top with blueberries and strawberries and a small handful of walnuts. This way, I don’t have to put anything in a processor and I don’t overdo the nuts. Perfection!!! Very easy to do over the stove too. Microwaves freak me out, lol.

    Thanks again =)

    Sarah wrote on July 9th, 2014
  22. this is delicious!! just substituted banana with Fage greek yogurt for even more protein and less carbs!

    joy wrote on August 30th, 2014

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