Hot cereal has always been my favorite way to start the day. As a person who is always freezing, it’s hard for me to stomach the idea of downing cold juice or an icy smoothie first thing in the morning… I usually have to wait a few hours before tolerating anything chilly. Since going grain-free I have been eating a lot of eggs, “paleofied” muffins and toast, granola, etc. I have avoided oatmeal since diving into the grain-free lifestyle, but recently I had a hankering for something maple flavored and remembered those little packets of “maple and brown sugar” instant oatmeal that I loved when growing up. I loved the convenience, the little squares of brown sugar that were incorporated throughout the packet, the way the (artificial flavors and starchy binders, I’m sure) would clump together to create a firmer, more gooey area after it had been microwaved for a minute or two… But most of all, I loved the warm smell of maple goodness.

I decided to make it for myself, but a healthier, less artificial version. I have seen a lot of recipes for “N’Oatmeal” (grain-free “oatmeal”). This is my rendition of N’Oatmeal and although the texture is a bit different than the “real thing,” it’s pretty darn good. It’s not terribly picture-worthy, but I’ll snap a shot for you anyway… Forget about the looks and just give it a try. I think you’ll enjoy my maple and brown sugar instant n’oatmeal.

Maple & Brown Sugar Instant N’Oatmeal

Makes a lot! Store in the fridge and use throughout the week.


  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 2 cups unsweetened unsulfured coconut
  • 4-6 pitted dates, chopped
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp organic brown sugar (omit, or use stevia to taste if following a sugar-free Paleo diet)
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tsp maple extract/flavor
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Place all ingredients in bowl of food processor. Blend until everything is completely incorporated and walnuts are in tiny pieces (the mixture should have the texture of coarse sand). This recipe makes multiple servings. Store mixture in a glass container (or large jar) with tightly fitting lid in the refrigerator. To make one serving, see below! To make Blackberry Studded Baked N’Oatmeal, click here.

To make one serving:

Scoop out ½ cup instant n’oatmeal and place in microwave-safe bowl. Add ¾ cup water (or better yet, ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk… Or ½ cup water and ¼ cup almond milk). Stir, and then microwave for 90 seconds. Stir again and let sit for 2-3 minutes before eating.

Can also be made on the stovetop. Bring instant n’oatmeal + liquid to a low simmer and cook/stir for 1-2 minutes. Pour into bowl and let sit for  2-3 minutes before eating.


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