Hi friends! One of the biggest food challenges I’ve had recently is in regards to breakfast. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE breakfast. It’s easily my favorite meal but having eggs everyday gets old and sometimes I’m not in the mood for pancakes or baked goods. All I want is a steaming bowl of oatmeal (my husband thinks this is the saddest thing he’s ever heard)! Grains and gluten are a no-no when following the SCD diet, so I’ve been out of luck…until now!
You’re going to think I’m absolutely bonkers when I tell you this, but the secret ingredient for a big, filling, comforting bowl of no oat oatmeal is….cauliflower! See, I knew you’d think I’ve gone crazy!!! Seriously though, this is delicious and tastes so much like regular oatmeal. You can’t even taste the cauliflower, I promise!
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To make life easy on myself, especially early in the morning, I use the prepackaged frozen cauliflower rice. I typically have to make so much from scratch that I appreciate little short cuts here and there when I can find them! When buying your frozen cauliflower that has already been lovingly riced for you, just double-check the ingredients on the back. The only ingredient you should see is cauliflower.
You’re going to place the cauliflower rice in a small saucepan over medium heat until it’s thawed. Then you add the canned coconut milk. Now, I chose coconut milk for the simple reason that it will help hide the cauliflower flavor in this “oatmeal”. I’m sure you can use any non-dairy milk that you’d like but since I didn’t try it myself, I don’t know how the flavors will turn out!
The next ingredient you’re going to add to the saucepan are ripe bananas. The riper the bananas the sweeter they’ll be in this dish. Use the back of a fork to mash the bananas until there are no lumps. If you leave lumps in the bananas it means you’ll have lumps in the oatmeal.
The final ingredients in this breakfast treat are honey, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. That’s it! These six ingredients will give you a perfect no oat oatmeal that you can enhance with the toppings of your choosing. Anything you would add to regular oatmeal, you can add to this. Fresh berries, chopped nuts, raisins, coconut flakes, a drizzle of almond butter…the possibilities are endless!
Here’s to expanding our breakfast options while sneaking in some veggies! Hope you enjoy!
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No Oat Cauliflower Oatmeal
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Defrost and soften the frozen cauliflower rice in a small saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Add the coconut milk to the saucepan and stir. Allow the cauliflower to cook for about 2 more minutes before adding the mashed bananas, honey, cinnamon and pinch of salt. Stir until well combined.
- Allow the mixture to come to a bubble before dropping the heat to low. Keep on the heat until the mixture has thickened to your desired consistency and the cauliflower is softened to your liking. (I keep the oatmeal over the heat for about another 8 to 10 minutes )
- Remove from heat. Scope into bowls and top with your choice of fruit, nuts, coconut flakes etc.
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