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Gluten-free Coconut “Oatmeal”

March 10, 2013

So my Mom’s on this health kick lately, which is how I discovered this – and I will tell you all about that after the recipe.* This makes a small portion of “oatmeal”, is completely gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free. It also takes under five minutes to prepare and is super delicious and very filling.

Pretend there's a piddly bit of water, too.

Pretend there’s a piddly bit of water, too.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tbsp plain peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/3 tsp vanilla flavouring
6 tbsp warm water
A couple of shakes of cinnamon
2 tsp honey

Combine ingredients in a saucepan; stir over low heat on the stovetop until it’s all mixed through. You can add a little less water if you want it to be thicker, or a bit more honey if you’d like it sweeter, but it’s quite sweet already, due to the peanut butter and cinnamon. The coconut is what really lends it texture, though, and even though I shy away from an overabundance of coconut flavouring (I’m looking at YOU, every coconut body butter ever), I found this tasty and not overbearing at all!

Coconutty

Yum. I eat this with raisins in, sometimes.

Okay, so this is apparently part of something called the “Paleo” diet, about which I had heard rumours and murmurings in my travels throughout ye olde internet blogdoms, but dismissed as another one of those Well-T0-Do-Westerner diets. You know, the ones that demand fresh everything all the time, when the reality is that fresh produce in the winter can be quite expensive, not to mention not very environmentally responsible, but you’re only supposed to be thinking about how SKINNY and HEALTHY you will be after chugging three gallons of squished spinach and kale juice every Tuesday through Saturday or whatever. I digress.

In any case, I was over at home last week, and my Mom asked me to make this in the morning, as it’s something she’s been eating because it is healthy and gluten-free. Grudgingly I obliged… for about a minute, before I realized how very easy it was and that I would also be eating it. My grudginess vanished thereafter. I was a bit miffed at my portion size (which looked super tiny), but not only was it seriously tasty, it kept me going for about three hours before I needed to snack again.

I highly recommend this. It has a lot of fibre and protein, ostensibly, though I’m just making that up off the top of my head because I’m pretty sure coconut and peanut butter are high in those values, so you may want to take that with a grain of salt, but you shouldn’t need any more justification to eat it because it’s tasty, quick, and cheap!

 

*I’ve noticed a lot of blogs I research for recipes do this. I’m sorry, but I’m a very practical person, and having to scroll through seven paragraphs of a blogger nattering on about their day or their kids or their challenges at work is rather irksome when I’m looking for a description of the recipe, the ingredients, and how the blogger liked this and thought it good enough to post about. Keep the OT stuff down at the bottom, says I, even though I’m totally guilty of doing this in the past. And for that, I apologize. Seriously, eat this oatmeal thing though.

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  1. Suzanne Duiker Kroon permalink
    April 17, 2013 2:10 pm

    FYI (Ariel’s mom here): I use almond butter instead of pb, maple syrup instead of honey, and add 1/2 c. blueberries (they’re a ‘power food’, I’m told). I also eat something meaty, like a strip of peameal bacon (or even regular bacon or breakfast sausages) along with it. I’ve been eating this most mornings for 2 months and I’m not sick of it yet.

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