Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hot Coconut Flaxseed Cereal

I just got Wheat Belly in the mail from Amazon yesterday, so have started to flip through it with great interest. While I was already gluten-free before becoming Paleo, the cave man still struggles with his love of wheat. Although he obviously sticks to the plan when I cook meals for us, he has yet to give up his Ezekiel bread in the morning.

I'm hoping that if I find some choice sections of the book for him to read, it will maybe have a little influence! Of course, I tried that with The Primal Blueprint and have not had much success.

Anyway, this morning I was curious to make the Hot Coconut Flaxseed Cereal recipe from the back of the book. It's quite similar to the porridge I already make from almond meal and an egg, but I was intrigued by the large ratio of flax and coconut flakes used.

It obviously came together very quickly, and I have to say it was a satisfying take on Paleo-friendly hot cereal. I used coconut milk, raw walnut pieces and the last of the blueberries and strawberries I have on hand. Kind of makes me sad to bid adieu to summer's berries, but at least that means I can get my pumpkin on!

In terms of my review of Wheat Belly, I would highly recommend it. Dr Davis gets into advanced glycation end products, otherwise known as AGEs. While I have studied these in my nutrition program I haven't come across much information on it through my Paleo website and book reading. I think it very valuable to read up on excessive production of AGEs and all of the health problems that can rise as a result.

Since the recipe is short and sweet, and I'd love to encourage you to buy the book I thought I'd type it out. Please keep in mind I'm copying the recipe as written, I personally wouldn't recommend soy milk for a variety of reasons.


1/2 cup coconut milk, whole dairy milk, full-fat soymilk, or unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, walnut halves or raw hulled sunflower seeds
ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sliced strawberries, blueberries or other berries (optional)

Combine the milk, ground flaxseeds, coconut flakes and walnuts or sunflower seeds in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Serve topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few berries if desired.


  1. I just read Wheat Belly and the chapter I would recommend for a "non-believer" or "skimmer" would be chapter 13 and then chapter 1. Ive already been eating a non-wheat paleo, but find breakfast a grinding choice between raw fruit (=upset tummy, even with a digestive enzyme) or eggs (great but facing eggs every day gets a bit much). The rest of the day Im fine with nuts and meat and veggies. Im definitely giving the flax as cereal a try. I plan to experiment as coconut as a flavor is not a favorite of mine. Maybe with a small cooked apple instead?

  2. I think a little apple would work great here. You could also try experimenting with hot cereals based on pumpkin... I have a few versions her on my site, as well as some baked goods recipes such as the breakfast sweet potato cake I posted yesterday (12/6/12). I can't stomach raw fruit well either and likewise get weary of eggs!

  3. I tried this today and I could not handle the taste or texture at all. I wonder if I bought the wrong flax? I have ground flaxseed meal onhand.

    1. Hi Janel, what kids did you use? Was it ground? I do find ground flax and chia seeds both have a somewhat unique texture, but with the coconut milk here I find this one is pretty creamy. I use Navitas sprouted flax, but have also just used Bob's ground flax (sold at Trader Joe's) and both worked great here.

    2. Just found this site this morning. Tried the ground flax cereal with coconut milk and loved it. Will keep reading. Thank you for the information. I look forward to reading and learning more about a Paleo lifestyle. Ginger

  4. Check out this recipe for paleo-friendly pancakes:
    They definitely hit the spot when I'm craving wheat!

  5. I made homemade hemp milk (1/2 cup organic hemp hearts + 2 1/2 cups water), used 1/2 cup of the mixture and added: 1/2 C freshly ground flaxseed, 1 tbsp kerrygold butter, 1 tbsp organic coconut oil, 2 tbsp chia seed, 1 tbsp cultured ghee and 2 packets stevia. It's getting very cool here in the Northeast and I loved the hot cereal. This could become a staple for me. Thank you so much!!! :))
    Total fat: 76 g
    Total carb: 33g
    Protein: 21g

  6. I tried to make a hot cereal out of ground flax seed this morning, before reading this of course. Just let me say this , do not, DO NOT cook the flax on the stove. I had the gloopest gelatinest mess I have ever seen come out of my kitchen! You can not cook it like oatmeal or cream of wheat. It becomes one huge blob, I think I could use it lay block or hang wall paper. Lesson learned! Read first!

    1. I love that you shared that! We've all had our share of flops. Flax and chia can definitely goop up in pretty frightening ways!! I hope you make and like this one :)

  7. The recipe makes two generous servings, something to keep in mind.

    1. Very good point! Sometimes I halve it because it's far too easy to eat both.