Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wheat Belly's Hot Coconut Flaxseed Cereal

A few months back, I shared my enthusiasm for William Davis' Wheat Belly, as well as his recipe for Hot Coconut Flaxseed Cereal. I loved the recipe because unlike many other Paleo hot cereals, it didn't involve whipping out a blender or food processor.

This morning I again revisited the recipe, but with a few minor tweaks. I think the addition of sunflower seed butter added a little creaminess, helping the coconut and flax to really come together.

Hot Coconut Flaxseed Cereal
adapted from Wheat Belly

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
ground cinnamon (about 1/4-1/2 tsp)
pinch of salt
couple drops vanilla stevia
1 tbs. unsweetened sunflower seed butter
handful chopped berries
splash of almond milk, for topping

Combine all ingredients through sunflower seed butter in microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 2 minutes and stir. Top with berries and a splash of milk.


  1. 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.

  2. Please be careful about the overconsumption of flax. Many people avoid soy because of its plant estrogens, but flax contains hundreds of times more of these hormone disrupting compounds. Three tablespoons is considered a "large" dose. More problems with flax are discussed here:

  3. Hi Judy,
    As a certified holistic health coach I take nutrition very seriously, and do not consume large quantities of flax on a regular basis myself. On this blog, however, I really like to stick to just sharing recipes and not giving dietary advice or promoting my own agenda. Best, Susan

  4. I understand your position, but I hope you will look into the effects of flax and help make people aware of the possible side effects of over-consumption. 1/2 cup is more than twice the usual recommended dose per day. I am just concerned about how much flax people are eating since Dr. Davis's books came out. I know of one woman who has had 3 miscarriages in one year after starting a Paleo diet with flax. She already had 2 children, so she had no problems before the flax. It never occurred to her that there was a possible connection since most of the info out there never mentions any downside to eating the large amounts of plant estrogens in flax (hundreds of times more than soy).

    Even if you choose not to publish my comment, please do check this out. It would be a shame for the diet to be blamed for the problems created by flax.

  5. Thanks Susan for this and your other great recipes. I absolutely agree with your comment and think that it is such a shame when people have their own cookbooks out that they pepper comments on other blogs about how terrible other people's regimes are. For this reason i would not buy one of Judy's books, although I am sure she is right that you should not overconsume flaxseeds. What is annoying is that Dr Davis does not advocate this either and I think people need to read books for themselves and follow advice that works for them. I have followed Dr Davis's advice for four months and have never felt leaner or healthier and it works for me. I do use flaxseeds in moderation as I eat all things in moderation. People can read and research and make their minds up without the need to go all over the internet leaving comments on other people's blogs and recipe sites.