Today is National Oatmeal Day (October 29, 2023) and while I do already have some great gluten-free oatmeal recipes here on gfe, today I’m sharing gluten-free oat-free “oatmeal” recipes.
That’s right. Even if the recipe title includes “oats” or “oatmeal,” there are no oats in any of these recipes. Yet they are all delightfully oaty!
Whether you’re skipping oats because of serious concerns regarding gluten content in oat products that have been revealed via recent test results or you eat grain free (paleo, keto, etc.), today’s recipes are made for you.
Note: As always, I encourage all of my gluten-free readers to subscribe to Gluten-Free Watchdog so you’ll have “the data you need to eat smartly, confidently, safely, and freely,” as GFW’s About page states.
Just like going gluten free does not have to mean giving up all the treats you love, not eating oats does not have to mean giving up that chewy, filling, comfort food factor of oats. These recipes will satisfy your oat desires in slightly different but equally delicious ways!
And now for these pretty incredible gluten-free oat-free oatmeal recipes. Because this is a collection of recipes from other sources, you have to click on the recipe title you’re interested in to go to the actual recipe on the original site. I’m so grateful to all these resources in our gluten-free (and beyond) community who make sure all our needs and cravings are met! Enjoy!
20 Gluten-Free Oat-Free “Oatmeal” Recipes (Homemade Oatmeal and Porridge and Cookies and Bars)
Gluten-Free Oat-Free “Oatmeal” and Porridge Recipes
~ Banana Nut Porridge from Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, paleo, primal, vegetarian, vegan
Reader reviews: “I’ve been looking for a substitute for oatmeal for my toddlers for breakfast. Made this this morning and they loved it! I did too! Thank you for the great recipe!” and “I have missed having oatmeal and came across your recipe so I thought I would try it out. I made this yesterday and my 4yr old daughter is in love with it asked for it for lunch too. Not to mention she asked if she could have it again for breakfast today. Thanks for an awesomely delicious recipe!!” and “Ohmygodness! Just found your site, just made this oatmeal and made it and it’s the best thing EVER! I’m severely allergic to eggs and finding alternative breakfast options is so hard. I could eat this nut-meal breakfast every morning from here on out and be HAPPY! I added 2 sprinklings of chia seeds and topped with a sprinkle of toasted coconut, a few raisins and a splash of almond milk and oh my! Breakfast will now be my favorite meal of the day vs most hated meal of the day! Thank you!!”
~ Easy Overnight Oats without Oats from The Toasted Pine Nut ~ gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
Lindsay shares: “Overnight oats without oats are easy to make and fun to customize! This oat-free breakfast has so many different flavor and texture options.”
~ No Oats Oatmeal from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, paleo, primal, keto, low-carb
Reader reviews: “Amazing!” and “I love this!! It was delicious!!” and “How wonderful! This is our new fav! I have missed my Oatmeal, being in Keto. This is sooo yum. Thank you for sharing!”
~ Keto Oatmeal from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, primal, low carb, keto
Reader reviews: “My family LOVES this “oatmeal”! My daughter just informed me that I’m going to have to make it forever now, so don’t lose the recipe.” and “I have made a couple of different versions of low-carb baked oatmeal. This recipe of Carolyn’s is by far the best ever!!! My daughter and granddaughter who don’t follow low carb prefer this over regular oatmeal!” and “I made this today and added about a half can of pumpkin and teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. it was awesome. After the original bake time of 20 minutes, I had to go another 25 and upped the temperature to 350. Probably because of the pumpkin puree. It was a great fall treat. My daycare kids even liked it!”
~ Keto Oatmeal from The Big Man’s World ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, primal, low carb, keto
Reader reviews: “I just had it as breakfast for every day this week at work (with a teaspoon of nut butter)–just perfect start of the day! Thanks for a great recipe!” and “Sooo yummy!!” and “These are so delicious.”
~ Keto and Vegan “Overnight Oats” from Power Hungry ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan, nut free, sugar free, paleo, keto
From Camilla: “I confess to misleading all of you. This is not a recipe for oats. Nor is it made overnight. This grain-free version comes together in 5 minutes. Boom.”
Reader reviews: “Best “oatmeal” I’ve tried, thank you! Not goopy or slimy like all the other keto oatmeals! Added cream, butter, cinnamon, sliced almonds, and blueberries. Delicious!” and “I’ve made this as written, and also subbed sliced almonds for the coconut once, which I like even better. With some added protein powder, it makes a really filling breakfast! Great warm or cold.”
~ Low-Carb Hot Cereal from Elana’s Pantry ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, primal, low carb, keto
Reader reviews: “This is incredibly creamy and delicious. I am scraping my bowl for the last delicious bits right now.” and “That porridge was so delicious and filling. I loved everything about it, didn’t change a thing, the cinnamon was RIGHT THERE perfect.” and “This was fantastic, Elana!” and “OMG! Thank you so much for this recipe!! I only had cashews and almonds for the nuts so I used a mix of the two with a drizzle of honey on top YUM!” and “This porridge is delicious and it was a lifesaver for me! I just took my 2-year old off all grains related to eczema–and she’s used to eating oatmeal every morning. I tried this recipe–but only used coconut, sunflower seeds and flaxseeds (b/c of other allergies and sensitivities). I adjusted the amounts accordingly and it was a hit! With both my 2- and 4-y.o. girls. Thank you!!”
~ Maple Brown Sugar N’Oatmeal from Strictly Delicious via Primal Palate ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, primal, AIP
Lina says: “We all know that the best instant oatmeal flavor is the maple brown sugar one. Growing up, my siblings and I fought over that flavor, even though I tried to convince them (I was the eldest) that the apple cinnamon and cinnamon raisin ones were the best. Yes, I know…” Haha. I always went for the maple brown sugar oatmeal first myself!
This recipe is: “A creamy, grain-free and dairy-free hot breakfast cereal made with caramelized cauliflower! It’s healthy, comforting, and delicious!”
~ Noatmeal 3 Ways from Cotter Crunch ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, with sugar-free, nut-free, paleo, primal options
Lindsay describes her recipe: “Grain-free, refined sugar-free, and made with healthy fats, this Noatmeal Recipe can be made 3 ways to satisfy all your tastebuds with an anti-inflammatory breakfast recipe that can be made in 20 minutes or less! We’ve even given you an overnight option for easy meal prep that will leave you feeling great. Choose your favorite flavor, or try them all!”
Reader reviews: “One of my favorite breakfast recipes! I make it all the time!” and “This is a great base recipe that is so easy to customize. I really love the raspberry mint version!” and “Mine thickened up very quickly! It had that comfort food feel but made me feel nourished eating it! Love this recipe!”
~ Paleo “Instant Oatmeal” from Cook Eat Well ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, primal
Reader reviews: “This cereal is just perfect for all kinds of “toppings”. This is my 3rd morning making it and I can’t wait until tomorrow morning! I don’t get hungry again until mid-afternoon. It’s a great little recipe!! Thanks!!” and “My six-year-old who really missed oatmeal gobbled it up, asked for more before she finished and wants it tomorrow for breakfast 🙂 The only adjustment I made was adding 1 tsp of maple syrup! THANKS! This was super easy and fast and she ate every bit…something she rarely did with a bowl of real oatmeal!” and “I always hated oatmeal but I just had to try this. Almond and coconut? What’s not to like? I can’t get cashew milk so I used coconut milk. Topped with raspberries, it is utterly scrumptious.”
~ Paleo Breakfast Porridge from Paleo Spirit ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, primal
Reader reviews: “This is so good! I started Paleo and had this to get me off of oatmeal in the morning. I must say it’s even better than oatmeal!’ and “I’ve gotta say, paleo aside, this is one of my new favorite recipes! It’s simply amazing! I made it with natural maple syrup and some blueberries, delish! Calmed a bit of my grain cravings tonight.” and “I made this for breakfast a few days ago and it was fabulous.” and “I loved it and what a treat when topped with a scoop of almond butter, diced apple, pecan chips and diced dates!!! Oh my!!! So good!!!!!”
Gluten-Free Oat-Free “Oatmeal” Cookie and Bar Recipes
~ Almost Oatmeal Cookies from Nourishing Home via Zenbelly ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, refined sugar free, primal, with dairy-free, paleo option
This recipe comes from Kelly Smith’s (Nourishing Home) cookbook Everyday Grain-Free Baking.
Reader reviews: “These are absolutely amazing and delicious! I would never know they were Paleo. Absolutely incredible.” and “These are good! I used currants instead of raisins, everything else the same.” and “Nice and delicious.”
~ Fruit-Sweetened N’Oatmeal Cookies from Real Everything (formerly Paleo Parents) ~ gluten free, grain free, sugar free, vegetarian, with dairy free, paleo, primal options
Reader reviews: “These are the best ever!” and “These cookies are SO GOOD!! And freeze great.” and “I made them yesterday evening and they were gone by 9:00 this morning! They should be called The Amazing Disappearing Cookies!!!” and “Just made these … sooo yummy! Had no cashews subbed hazelnuts 1/2 c and 1/2 walnuts.”
~ Keto Breakfast Cookies from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, low carb, keto
Reader reviews: “In 8 years of keto these are hands down the best cookies ever. Thanks.” and “My family who hates coconut, had no idea it was an ingredient. This recipe is a staple in our house!” and “A big hit with the family, and not too much work for the cook (me). Very filling, so two people can split one for a sweet snack.” and “I just made these…. they are amazing!! These will be a great grab and go breakfast with a cup of coffee.”
~ Keto No-Bake N’oatmeal Fudge Bars from Healthful Pursuit ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, low carb, keto
Leanne describes these bars. “Beautifully layered chocolatey keto n’oatmeal bars with a nutty flavor, no nuts, grains, or sugar. Completely keto with only 4 grams of net carbs.”
~ Keto Oatmeal Cookies from The Big Man’s World ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, with refined sugar-free, sugar-free, low-carb, keto, paleo, primal options
Reader reviews: “Loved it and my family and friends loved it! About to make them for the second time.”
~ Keto Zucchini “Oatmeal” Chocolate Chip Cookies from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, low carb, keto
I’ll give you my own personal gfe review of these cookies first, before we get to other reader reviews. These cookies are sensational! I often buy zucchini just so I can make them. Because I do not eat keto, I sub in light brown sugar for the Swerve brown and use any gluten-free chocolate chips I have on hand. The results are perfect every time!
Reader reviews: “These are delicious. I made them for myself while family was visiting from out of town. My daughter and granddaughters couldn’t keep their hands off of them. They stay moist from the zucchini!” and “This recipe checks all the boxes and I was very skeptical wondering how it could taste like oatmeal but you have hit it out of the park!” and “I made these today and loved them. I accidentally grabbed the walnuts instead of the pecan and they were delicious.”
~ Keto Oatmeal Cookies from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, grain free, sugar free, vegetarian, low carb, keto
Reader reviews: “What a great cookie!! I used Lily’s butterscotch baking chips in this to try to recreate the oatmeal scotchies my mom used to make. My type 1 diabetic son really loves this recipe!” and “I’ve just made these and they are really great! I’m quite new to keto, and the nicest thing is that they don’t scream the texture of almond flour + a dash of coconut flour. They look oaty and I love the coconut flake vibe running through.” and “Hands down, the best Oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. I use walnuts instead of almonds–sooo good.” and “They really do have the texture and flavor of oatmeal cookies. I was surprised they were so close to a conventional recipe. If you are craving oatmeal cookies, then you won’t be disappointed.”
~ Gluten-Free “Oatmeal” Raisin Cookies from Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain ~ gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, with dairy-free, paleo, primal, SCD options
Reader reviews: “These just came out of the oven and they are amazing! I used chocolate chips and only 1/4 cup of honey and I can’t stop eating them!!” and “These cookies are so yummy, especially right out of the oven. I made them as published with raisins and you would never know they don’t have any oats in them.” and “I made these last night and they turned out amazing!” and “Just made these last night! Even my extremely picky sister and mother loved them! So delicious!”
~ No-Bake N’Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Healthful Pursuit ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, keto, nut free, paleo, primal, vegetarian, vegan
Leanne describes these cookies: “A quick and easy no-bake keto cookie recipe, loaded with fat and a bit of protein, made with stevia-sweetened chocolate chips.”
~ Oatmeal Crème Pies from Against All Grain ~ gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, paleo, primal, with dairy-free options
Reader reviews: “These were very delicious. Enjoyed baking it with my kids.” and “I made these 2 weeks ago, and they were awesome! Brought back so many memories.” and “This is the most amazing recipe of my life. I just made these and I can’t believe how delicious and soft these cookies are without any grains. These cookies are incredibly delicious. I am still stunned.”
Hopefully, you will all be happily amazed by these gluten-free oat-free oatmeal recipes!
Originally published October 29, 2023.