What Is Paleo Oatmeal? The Truth Might Amaze You
Have you ever heard of paleo oatmeal? If you haven't, then you’re not alone. I've heard and read of it a lot on several online forums, but I can’t seem to figure out what it is.
When I asked my friends about it, they seemed as perplexed as I am. So I decided to don my detective hat and did some searching of my own online. Read on to find out what I have learned about it so you can check if you can add it to your own paleo diet.
What is a Paleo Oatmeal?
You might think that paleo oatmeal is real oatmeal, but the fact is, it’s absolutely fake. Since oats are not paleo, they’re substituted with other paleo ingredients like coconut flour, almond flour, and other paleo ingredients to mimic the consistency of oatmeal. This is even better than oatmeal because it’s gluten-free.
Paleo oatmeal uses natural fruits like bananas and berries, so they taste naturally sweet, unlike a traditional flavored oatmeal which uses artificial sweeteners to taste. The eggs included add protein which makes you feel full longer. The mixture of several paleo ingredients also improves the texture, making it fluffier than the traditional oatmeal.
Why is Oatmeal not Paleo?
Oatmeals are not allowed in the Paleo diet because it’s made from grains. Just like any other grains, their high phytic acid content may impede the absorption of minerals into the body. As a result, oats can cause inflammation and a weak immune system.
Worst of all, oats can easily be contaminated with gluten when they get into contact with other grains like barley, wheat, or rye while being processed, or even while it is still in the field, especially if multiple crops are being grown in the same area.
Although oats are rich in fiber, it’s high carbohydrate content can still result to an increased blood sugar level. Remember that regular consumption of foods rich in insulin increase can eventually lead to diabetes.
Some Delicious Paleo Oatmeal Recipes That You Can Try
If you’ve just been convinced to join the paleo oatmeal bandwagon, here are some simple recipes that you can follow.
1. Instant Paleo Oatmeal
This simple paleo oatmeal recipe is free from grains, dairy, gluten, and refined sugar. All you need is a microwave, a medium bowl, and these following ingredients: 1/2 half banana, 6 teaspoons almond flour, 6 teaspoons unsweetened coconut (shredded), a pinch of salt, and a pinch of cinnamon.
Here are the directions:
- In a medium bowl, mash the banana and add the rest of the ingredients.
- Stir to mix well. Cook in the microwave for about 2 minutes or until it begins to bubble.
- Stir and let it cool for several minutes.
- As it thickens, top with berries or any of your favorite toppings.
2. Creamy Paleo Oatmeal
This specific recipe offers a softer texture than a traditional oatmeal. You need a small saucepan, a whisk, and these following ingredients- 1/cup coconut milk, 3 tablespoons coconut flour, 2 tablespoons shredded coconut, 1/2 half banana, and your favorite toppings.
Here are the steps that you should follow.
- Bring to a boil the coconut flour, shredded coconut, and the coconut milk in a small saucepan.
- Once it boils, reduce the heat and simmer for about 3 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and whisk the mashed banana into the mixture.
- Turn on the heat again and stir until it gets thick.
3. Strawberries Paleo Oatmeal
This recipe uses fresh fruits to skip the refined sugar and some eggs for protein. All you need is a skillet, bowl, and these ingredients: banana, 2 eggs, 8 sliced strawberries, 3 tablespoons coconut milk, 3 teaspoons butter, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
To make this, here are the steps that you'll need to follow.
- In a bowl, mash the eggs, 6 strawberries, and banana. Add the coconut milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- In a skillet, add the butter and pour the mashed banana mixture.
- Top with the unused 2 strawberries.
4. Apple Paleo Oatmeal
This recipe imitates the traditional oatmeal by using apple, coconut flour, and almond flour instead of oats. The two flours will give the right texture of oatmeal while the apple gives the natural sweetness to your paleo oatmeal.
Aside from a small saucepan and a small bowl, you also need these following ingredients: 3 teaspoons coconut flour, 4 tablespoons almond flour 1 green apple (grated), honey, cinnamon, and 1 cup coconut milk.To make this, here are the steps that you should follow:
- Mix the coconut flour with cinnamon and almond flour in a small bowl.
- In a small saucepan, add the grated apple, coconut flour mixture, coconut milk, honey. Cook for about 10 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite toppings.
Try Some Paleo Oatmeal Today!
Paleo oatmeal is a healthier and better-tasting alternative for the traditional oatmeal. It usually uses some coconut flour or almond flour to mimic the texture of the traditional oatmeal. Fresh fruits, like banana and strawberries, are added for natural sweetness.
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