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Hi, friends! This will be my last guest post as an Autoimmune Wellness contributor. I hope you have enjoyed my recipes and I know you’ll have plenty more delicious and nourishing ones coming your way! Today I’m sharing a crowd-favorite from The Healing Kitchen: Baked Carrot-Banana Bread N’Oatmeal. Not only was this dish particularly comforting during my first trimester morning sickness, but it’s also really kid-friendly too, and perfect for when you’re just not craving bacon and greens in the morning.
This baked n’oatmeal is lightly sweetened with honey and raisins and has the healthy fats we rave about in the autoimmune community from full-fat coconut milk. You could even make your own crumble topping and add it during the last 10 minutes of bake time (remove the foil for that last 10 minutes, if you choose to do so!)
I wanted to leave you with some last words of encouragement as I know many of you read Autoimmune Wellness as newly diagnosed and seasoned autoimmune warriors. If I’ve learned anything the last 5 years, it’s that my gut is always right (in both a life-guiding and digestive-functioning way). If something doesn’t feel right, it’s time to pivot, reflect when you’re ready, and move forward with intuitively informed choices. For many of us, we’ve been told what to do our entire lives, from teachers to parents to bosses and the media. Take back your control, make your own rules, and let your inner guide direct you to happiness, healing and the realization of your purpose on earth.
Sending you all lots of love!
- 2 10-ounce bags shredded carrots
- 13.5 ounce can full-fat coconut milk
- 1 cup mashed yellow bananas (about 3 medium)
- ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus more for garnish
- ½ cup raisins, plus more for garnish
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons liquid honey
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until the shredded carrots are well coated and the ingredients are evenly mixed.
- Spoon the mixture into a 9x13-inch glass casserole dish and press down firmly with a spatula.
- Bake, covered tightly in foil, for 55 minutes or until the carrots are tender and the n'oatmeal is still moist. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with additional coconut and raisins, if desired.
How much oatmeal do you use? I don’t see it listed as an ingredient, but, the directions say to cook until oatmeal is moist?
This recipe doesn’t include oats, Joanne!
You forgot the oats in this recipe. How much?
This recipe doesn’t include oats, Carol!
Any substitute for banana?
Cooked, mashed sweet potato (I used white) makes a good banana substitute.
We tried this recipe with the banana, and the whole family loved it. It’s so easy, too. I wanted to make it again and had everything but bananas, so decided to use 1 cup of leftover cooked sweet potato. I also added some ginger because I can’t get enough ginger-carrot anything! It was really tasty both ways, and a great healthy breakfast for the kids as well as me.
I am brand new to AIP. So this is the first recipe I have tried and I will admit I was a little skeptical/nervous, even though it sounded good. Ha ha. But I was very pleasantly surprised! This is seriously delicious! I used maple syrup instead of honey, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. It is perfect “comfort food”. Thank you!
Coming to add that this is hands down my favorite AIP recipe. My whole family loves it. And I have started playing with it and making variations as well. So far I have made an “Apple Cranberry” version (followed the recipe exactly but added two small apples, chopped, and one cup of fresh cranberries). And I also made a “Pumpkin Spice” version by adding a cup of pumpkin puree, 1/2 tap of cloves and 1/4 tap of mace (roughly….I actually just dump spiced in, by that is my guess for measurements) and I add a couple of small apples chopped to this one too. I think this recipe is very forgiving, so you can add anything you like to make your favorite “flavor”. I also like to make a double batch and freeze half after baking. They make nice “emergency breakfasts” on days that start off rough. Ha ha. Thanks again!
Recipe incomplete, where is the instructions for the oats?
There are no oats in this recipe – it is AIP (thus the “N’oatmeal” in the title)
When I make this recipe, should I use the whole can of coconut milk – meaning both the solid and the liquid or just the solid coconut part?
Hi Christie, this isn’t my recipe, but when a recipe calls for a can of coconut milk it is assumed to use the whole thing unless otherwise indicated. Hope it helps!
Thanks Alaena! I have the Healing Kitchen cookbook! Love it
I’ve made this twice since you posted it and it’s DELICIOUS. Seriously good and very easy to make. I’ve made oatmeal-like dishes with spaghetti squash, which are also great, but this was especially tasty. I also used half parsnips and half carrots since I had some parsnips in the fridge and it turned out really well that way too.
Thanks for the tip on adding parsnips–I love parsnips and will definitely try that option. A woman in the grocery the other day asked me about the parsnips in my basket–she had never had them. I told her I only discovered them a couple years ago (thanks to AIP), but that as soon as I tried them I thought “where have these been all my life?” Now I try them in all kinds of things and am never disappointed.
Carrots are a trigger for me, so I’m going to try zucchini. And honey is also a problem,
so I am going to try coconut nectar.
Why is this recipe called Baked Carrot Banana Bread N’Oatmeal if there are no oats in the recipe?
The “N’oatmeal” means there is “no oatmeal” 😉
I made this and it was absolutely delicious, but I wanted to ask what the consistency should be? Mine was a bit mushy (didn’t quite hold a form) and while I didn’t mind that at all, I was just curious if that was how it was meant to be.
This was delicious. I used maple syrup instead of honey and cranberries instead of raisins because that was what I had. I definitely will ne making it again.
Can something else be substituted for the coconut milk and shredded coconut?
Absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Will be having this with breakfast most days this week, and I love how I’m eating pretty much an entire carrot with every serving! I have to say, I find it a bit hilarious and surprising that people have to ask where the oats are on an AIP recipe that is called “n’oatmeal”!
Wow! This recipe was incredible. I grew up eating baked oatmeal, and this completely rivals it in terms of flavor, texture, and presentation! I omitted the raisins to minimize sugar and substituted date syrup for honey. I will omit the date syrup next time too because I think it is sweet enough on its own from the coconut products and banana. This will be a staple breakfast alongside a steaming mug of bone broth! 🙂
This looks delicious! Is it possible to use a lite coconut milk in this?
Hi would love to do it! Could you please make the ingredients in metrics? I am confused with carrots quantity
I believe it would be a generous 1/2 Kilo of shredded carrots.
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How many carrots (versus bag) would this equal?
What could you use (or omit altogether?) as a substitute for aluminum foil?
I used a cookie sheet laid over the top the first time and that worked fine. You just want to trap the moisture in there to keep it from drying out as it cooks. I actually just don’t cover it anymore. But I also add apples which gives the dish more liquid and keeps it moist. And I like the top to get a little crunchy anyway. 🙂
This looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it! I think the whole oatmeat/n’oatmeal confusion is because there are recipes for other non-AIP compliant foods like Nomato sauce and no-nut nut butter. So when I saw “N’oatmeal” I thought that indicated that there would be an ingredient included that would be an AIP-compliant oat substitute. Perhaps eliminating the term “N’Oatmeal” from the recipe title will help avoid confusion for future readers. If there’s no oatmeal or oatmeal substitute, there’s no need to mention it. I hope this helps.
I’m planning on making this as soon as i start my AIP in the new year and was wondering how long you can store the leftovers for and how to store them. I try to batch cook so i won’t slip up and eat something on the run 🙂
Hi Liliana, I haven’t made this particular recipe yet, but generally leftovers are good for 4-7 days in the refrigerator. I would keep it portioned in glass jars for easy reheating in the morning. Wishing you luck on your AIP transition!
This was so good and kept me full until lunchtime! My toddler loved it too! Thank you for this recipe–it will be a new breakfast regular in our house.
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Is there any other milk that I could substitute? Too much coconut bothers my stomach.
What would be an appropriate recipe for a crumb topping?
I have had oatmeal almost every morning for decades. This substitute is awesome. My wife, who has always hated oatmeal, loves it for a warm breakfast. A must try.
Are there any nutritional values per serving for this recipe as it written? I love this recipe, but my Dr wants me to track daily calories.
Sheri – we don’t provide nutrition information, but you could easily pop the ingredients into an online tracker like cronometer.com and figure it out for yourself!
Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! I was feeling pretty depressed about how bland AIP food can be but this recipe is so sweet and yummy. It’s my new go-to for breakfast.
What is the correct way to use canned coconut milk. Please provide the correct way to use it for this way and for other recipes. I get confused with the liquid part of it and the solid part of it
Wow! This truly tastes like oatmeal, without the oats! Before I found out I had to go gluten-free, I was just starting to enjoy the taste of oatmeal in the morning. This is a really good substitute! Like some others have said, you could change it up by adding apples, or maybe cranberries.
Was wondering the calories on this?
Hey Sarah! We don’t recommend calorie counting so don’t provide that information for our recipes. You’re welcome to plug any of them into an online calculator, though!
This was excellent! I will make it again, but will leave out the honey as it was dessert like in sweetness. Thank you for the great recipe.
Can I use tapioca flour in place of the coconut flour? It’s hard for me to find the latter.
Hi Callie – no, tapioca flour is not a good substitute for coconut flour, sorry!
When you use the coconut milk how should you use it stirring it up or using the solid? Please explain how I should properly use the coconut milk in recipes including this one
Christie, this isn’t my recipe, but unless the author specifies you use the ingredient at room temperature. I would open the can of coconut milk and stir it in with the other ingredients.
Does anyone know the nutritional facts on this recipe? My son is on AIP so I made this for him and I like the taste too but I myself am on a diet to lose weight.
Brenda, we don’t post nutritional facts, but you could use a number of online resources or apps to plug this recipe in & find nutrition facts.
Thank you for a wonderful recipe! I am new to AIP and was very discouraged with the lack of breakfast foods. I did not care for the texture of the carrot shreds so I used my immersion blender and that made me very happy. I also don’t add raisins until I eat breakfast. I am so happy that I found this recipe!
I am so glad I found this recipe. It is SO good. I make a batch each Sunday and portion it into six servings to eat throughout the week. I let it cool completely and then freeze individual servings in glass Tupperware containers. I just put the container in the fridge the night before I want to eat it and reheat in the microwave in the morning. I use sweet potato in place of the banana and leave out the honey as I find the recipe sweet enough on its own. I also boil baby carrots and mash completely before adding all the other ingredients as I like the texture better this way and don’t have to go to the effort of shredding the carrots. My eleven year old son loves it as well!
So happy you love this, Tiffany!
How many carrots should I use?
[…] If you’re looking for a grain-free take on baked oatmeal, I highly recommend my Baked Carrot Banana Bread N’Oatmeal from my cookbook The Healing Kitchen (page 138) or you can find the recipe as a guest post on Autoimmune Wellness. […]
This looks delicious – has anyone tried it using an Instant Pot? Or is it good to make ahead and warm up in the morning? Trying to ease my morning routine getting kids off to school so would be great to avoid getting up so early to cook etc. Thank you – can’t wait to try it!
Can anyone tell me how many cups 2 bags of shredded carrots are? They don’t sell shredded bags of carrots here, just whole.
This recipe really hits the spot when you need a break from ground meat & veggies in the morning! Love!
I made this tonight as a make ahead breakfast for a busy work week. Of course I had to sneak a taste when it was finished – delicious! It reminds me of bread pudding. I like the idea of mashing the carrots first, so I think I’ll try that next time, but I know this will be in heavy rotation at my house.
Just want to say the “Banana Bread N Oatmeal” is really good. After I heat it in the micro. I added almond milk and blueberries & strawberries and a bit more Organic Maple Syrup and found this to be absolutely delicious. A lot of AIP recipies or even regular Paleo (which I did for years) don’t sound appetizing if you read the ingredients, but when put together you will be surprised how yummy they can be!!!
Is there anything I could substitute for coconut in this recipe?
This recipe is awesome. My husband started on AIP six weeks ago and he loved his Oatmeal. At first he was skeptical but now he eats this N’Oatmeal just about everyday with a side of protein and raves about it to all his friends. I have only varied the recipe by using cranberries instead of raisins or even adding both. I use maple syrup instead of honey, (a preference.) I make and bake the full batch and freeze half. This recipe freezes well and warms up easily. I add fresh apples and more cinnamon (and a tablespoon of coconut oil because my husband needs to keep his weight up), when I serve it. I had never cooked with coconut milk and in reading the comments, I found that I like to stir the whole can of coconut milk first, before adding to the recipe, so its not all lumpy. I don’t know if it makes any difference to stir or not stir, just a preference on my part. Thanks for posting this recipe.
Mu husband was a skeptic too before going on the AIP diet four months ago. He loves this recipe. I use maple syrup instead of honey. Protein on the side or I just mix it in before serving. I add extra cinnamon, maple syrup and cut apples also before serving. If the N’Oatmeal was refrigerated, I use a little extra canned coconut milk to moisten the N’Oatmeal before warming it up in the microwave. Freezes very well and from one batch I can make a breakfast for 7 days,