Protein Cranberry Walnut Cauliflower Oatmeal

Grain-free oatmeal made with cauliflower, powdered peanut butter, cranberries and walnuts is a delicious and comforting breakfast that is Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Legal (SCD), Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free.

I was never a huge fan of oatmeal until a friend introduced me to her homemade, stove-top recipe. She used almond milk for extra creaminess, cranberries for a pop of tartness (and color 😊), and walnuts and cinnamon for extra deliciousness! It was a game-changer for me! I started making oatmeal as part of my regular breakfast routine. So much so, that when I started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, homemade oatmeal was one of the things I most missed eating.

Thank goodness for cauliflower oatmeal! I was skeptical at first. Over the years, I tried quite a few of the “no oats” and “n’oatmeal” recipes that attempt to make grain-free oatmeal. Most of the time, I was disappointed.

But riced cauliflower works wonders when it comes to flavor, nutrition, and texture! What makes cauliflower oatmeal so good? The most important steps are to make it on the stove-top, and simmer the mixture until most of the liquid is absorbed. Using a good quality nut milk (or other type of dairy-free milk) and adding the secret ingredient are also key!

The Secret Ingredient

What is the secret ingredient?

Unsweetened peanut butter powder!

Unsweetened peanut butter powder immediately soaks up extra liquid and creates that creamy, sticky oatmeal texture that is hard to come by in the grain-free world. It also adds a nice boost of protein. Make sure to look for a brand that contains no added sugar or other preservatives. I love this kind by Naked PB.

I’m so excited to share this Protein Cranberry Walnut Cauliflower Oatmeal recipe. It has all the richness and warmth of regular oatmeal but is SCD legal and Paleo friendly. It is also totally grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free!

This recipe cooks up quickly – under 10 minutes.

It also has fiber and protein making it a hearty, filling and healthy breakfast option. I’ve also definitely eaten this for lunch and dinner on occasion too!

I hope you love it as much as I do!

A Note About Cranberries

The cranberries are probably my favorite part of this recipe. Cranberries are tangy and tart – complimented perfectly by the addition of a little bit of honey. 😊

I buy fresh cranberries soon as they are in season and hit grocery store shelves. One special tip: stock up and buy a few extra bags. You can pop the bags directly in the freezer to have frozen cranberries on hand for months to come.

Cranberries are filled with health benefits and are considered a “prebiotic.” Ocean Spray, a cooperative of cranberry growers in the United States, has shares information about the health benefits of cranberries on its website, which you can find here.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower
  • ½ cup of unsweetened dairy-free milk (I like almond milk or cashew milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened peanut butter powder
  • 1/8 cup of fresh or frozen cranberries – halved
  • 1/8 cup of crushed walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey (add more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Dash of sea salt

How to Make Cauliflower Oatmeal

This Protein Cranberry Walnut Cauliflower Oatmeal uses frozen riced cauliflower as its base. I love that you can now easily find riced cauliflower at your local grocery store in the freezer aisle.

The recipe comes together easily:

  • Step 1: Place frozen riced cauliflower and unsweetened nut milk in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes until the milk mixture is mostly absorbed and cauliflower softens.
  • Step 2: Add unsweetened peanut butter powder, cranberries, walnuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, honey, cinnamon, and salt to the cauliflower and milk mixture. Mix together thoroughly and let all of the ingredients sit together in the pot for 1-2 minutes.
  • Step 3: If you prefer your oatmeal with more liquid, add milk to suit your preference.
  • Step 4: Transfer to bowl of your choice and enjoy!

Protein Cranberry Walnut Cauliflower Oatmeal

Recipe by KellyCourse: BreakfastDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

2

minutes
Cooking time

8

minutes
Calories

n/a

kcal

Grain-free oatmeal made with cauliflower is a delicious and comforting breakfast dish that cooks up quickly and is Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Legal (SCD), Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. Cranberries, walnuts, and cinnamon are a perfect flavor combination and unsweetened peanut butter powder adds an extra boost of protein.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower

  • ½ cup of unsweetened dairy-free milk (I like almond milk or cashew milk)

  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened peanut butter powder

  • 1/8 cup of fresh or frozen cranberries – halved

  • 1/8 cup of crushed walnuts

  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened coconut flakes

  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey (add more to taste)

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • Dash of sea salt

Directions

  • Place frozen riced cauliflower and unsweetened nut milk in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes until the milk mixture is mostly absorbed and cauliflower softens.
  • Add unsweetened peanut butter powder, cranberries, walnuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, honey, cinnamon, and salt to the cauliflower and milk mixture. Mix together thoroughly and let all of the ingredients sit together in the pot for 1-2 minutes.
  • If you prefer your oatmeal with more liquid, add milk to suit your preference.
  • Transfer to bowl of your choice and enjoy!

Notes

  • Cauliflower oatmeal can be customized in so many ways. I love the cranberry, walnut, and cinnamon combination, but you can try adding other fruit, nuts, and spices to your liking!

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