Overnight Primal Cookie Dough Oat(less)meal

If there’s one thing I miss since cutting out grains it’s oatmeal. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, as warm and comforting as a bowl of thick, creamy, stick-to-your ribs oatmeal. Although I totally approve the whole everything-in-moderation mentality and yadayada, the truth is that I just feel better without grains in my system. I think Mark Sisson gets what I’m talking about.

The solution? To try and recreate my beloved oatmeal with primal ingredients; which I’ve already done with my “Coconut Oatmeal”. However, this time around I was feeling a bit more creative; intense cravings for stuff you can’t have will do that to you.  I keep seeing ideas for “Cookie Dough Oatmeal” and it got me thinking that if I could just replace the “oat” part of the recipe, I could still come up with something pretty decent.


That was half of the story.

The other half was taking basically every single primal ingredient even mildly resembling an oat in my pantry BESIDES oats and tossing it in a bowl.

Even as I made it, it smelled delicious and a taste test confirmed what my sense of smell had already communicated to my brain: cookie dough sighted.

A word about this recipe: as Lauren and Katie mention, you may be tempted to omit the baking soda, but no matter how much you want to and no matter how much rationalizing you do, don’t do it. It neutralizes the tartness of the cottage cheese, making for a sweeter ‘dough. It also lends a slight ‘doughy’ flavor to the oat(less)meal, since most batters require some leavening agent. It won’t disappoint.


Cookie Dough Oat(less)meal (Primal, GF)

Adapted from Oatmeal Cookie Overnight Oats, Pancake Batter Smoothies

Serves 1


  • 1/3 cup dry pressed cottage cheese
  • 1/2 of a very ripe banana
  • 1 tsp smooth natural almond butter
  • 3 tbsp full-fat canned coconut milk (I used Thai Kitchen)
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • Pinch of sea salt (I used fine pink Himalayan)
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda (not optional)
  • 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp shelled hemp seeds (I used Manitoba Hemp Hearts)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (I used homemade)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder (I used Jarrow Formulas Whey) (optional)
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut or dried coconut pulp from making coconut milk
  • 1/2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp maca root powder (optional)


  1. In a bowl, mash the banana with the almond butter and then whisk in the coconut milk and water. Add in the cottage cheese, breaking it up with your whisk and mixing until well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon, hemp, chia, protein powder if using, coconut, flax, and maca.
  3. Whisk the dry ingredients and wet ingredients together until well combined. Pour into a mason jar if you plan to take it on the go, or into whatever lovely container you like to eat your oatmeal from. We are trying to make this legit after all.
  4. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for at least 2 hours to allow the oat(less)meal to thicken and take on that ever desirable cookie dough consistency.
  5. Eat as is or top with nuts, nut butter, fruit, or whatever tickles your fancy. 


Don’t feel intimidated by the long ingredient list, a lot of the ingredients are probably things you already have, if not leave me a comment and we can work something out. Play around with it, it is a very forgiving recipe.

So you want to know if it satisfied my oatmeal craving? Hell yeah! Annnd it was BETTER because I didn’t have any digestive discomfort and this bowl kept me full for hours thanks to the hearty serving of protein. Delicious and nutritious? Count me in.

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