Overnight n’oatmeal breakfast porridge made with nuts and seeds for a grain-free, protein packed way to fuel your day. This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and a few minutes to prepare! Oat-free porridge is nutritious and delicious!

Nut and Seed Overnight N'Oatmeal - an oat-free paleo friendly (and vegan!) breakfast porridge

If you’ve been around the paleo block a time or two, you may be familiar with the concept of n’oatmeal – a no-oats grain-free version of the classic breakfast made primarily out of nuts.

This overnight porridge is a great option for those who have digestive ailments causing them to avoid inflammatory foods, such as oats and other grains.

Plus, in my humble opinion, n’oatmeal tastes great, is super versatile, and is a marvelous make-ahead breakfast!

In addition to using raw walnuts, I incorporated pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds for additional omega fatty acid benefits. Flax and chia seeds also act as thickening agents when soaked, giving this overnight n’oatmeal a creamy consistency without having to add dairy or eggs.

If you choose to make n’oatmeal without the flax or chia seeds, you’ll want to use full-fat coconut milk to make up for the creaminess, and use 2 cups rather than 3.

Nut and Seed Overnight N'Oatmeal - an oat-free paleo friendly (and vegan!) breakfast porridge

Does Soaking Nuts Get Rid of Phytic Acid?

If you’d like to take this breakfast a step farther and pre-soak your nuts and seeds before turning them into overnight n’oatmeal!

Soaking nuts and seeds helps decrease the enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid content (anti nutrients), makes the nutrients such as B Vitamins and protein more bio-available for absorption, and helps make them easier to digest.

If you’ve ever noticed an upset stomach after eating too many nuts or nut-based treats, consider soaking (followed by lightly roasting) your nuts prior to eating them. Learn more about soaking nuts from this article from Wellness Mama on The Importance of Soaking Nuts and Seeds 

How to Soak Nuts and Seeds:

To soak nuts and seeds, simply put them in a large bowl or container and cover them with water. Allow them to soak at room temperature on the counter at least 8 hours (up to 24) before draining.

After soaking, you can dehydrate the nuts in the oven to remove any water if you’re keeping some of the nuts for snacking. If not, proceed forth with the recipe!

Quick note about soaking: Sure, you’ll be technically be soaking the nuts and seeds for the “overnight” action of this recipe, but to remove some of the phytic acid and release the health benefits of the nuts, you’d need to drain the water used for soaking.

If you’re not concerned about it, or if you already buy sprouted nuts, you can skip the soaking process and move straight to the recipe – which literally requires pulsing the nuts in a food processor and sticking them in a jar with the seeds, nut milk and liquid sweetener.

Nut and Seed Overnight N'Oatmeal - an oat-free paleo friendly (and vegan!) breakfast porridge

Nut and Seed Overnight N'Oatmeal - an oat-free paleo friendly (and vegan!) breakfast porridge

This n’oatmeal is best when eaten within a 2 to 3 days, so if you can’t go through 4 servings in a few days, simply halve the recipe (you can also scale it down to personal-sized portions!). The n’oatmeal will begin fermenting after a few days if you keep it in a sealed jar.

Recipe Options:

Get creative with your n’oatmeal! I used walnuts, but you can use raw almonds or pecans, and you can mix and match the flax and chia seed content.

Use any nut milk you’d like, or go ultra creamy by using full-fat coconut milk!

You can also mash up a banana for a nice and sweet banana-cinnamon contraption, or add any nut butter, homemade strawberry chia seed jam, fresh seasonal fruit, you name it.

Nut and Seed Overnight N'Oatmeal - an oat-free paleo friendly (and vegan!) breakfast porridge

While overnight n’oatmeal is normally eaten cold, you can definitely heat this up on the stove top if you’re looking for something steamy and comforting. Basically, this n’oatmeal’s your canvas for breakfast creativity – go wild!

This recipe is calorie-dense and filling! If you’re looking for something lighter and can tolerate oats, try out my Banana Bread Overnight Oatmeal, or my Vanilla Chai Overnight Oats.

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Nut and Seed Overnight N'Oatmeal - an oat-free paleo friendly (and vegan!) breakfast porridge

Nut and Seed Overnight N'Oatmeal

5 from 1 vote
No-oat porridge made with nuts and seeds. An easy recipe for an overnight breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings


For Serving:


  • Add the walnuts and pumpkin seeds to a food processor or blender and process until finely ground. Transfer the ground walnuts and pumpkin seeds to a jar along with the ground flax seed and chia seeds. Pour in the almond milk, vanilla, extract, pure maple syrup, and sea salt. Stir well to combine. Seal the jar and allow it to sit overnight in the refrigerator (or at least 3 hours).
  • When ready to serve, either heat the porridge on the stove top or leave it cold. Serve with desired fruit, nuts, seeds, liquid sweetener, and additional non-dairy milk. My personal favorite toppings are almond butter, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, honey, and full-fat coconut milk.


*Use any nut milk you'd like. For a creamier consistency, use equal-parts almond milk and full-fat canned coconut milk.


Serving: 1of 4 · Calories: 604kcal · Carbohydrates: 26g · Protein: 17g · Fat: 53g · Fiber: 8g · Sugar: 11g
Author: Julia
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, grain free, grain free porridge, low-carb, n'oatmeal, oat-free oatmeal, oatmeal without oats, paleo
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Nut and Seed Overnight N'Oatmeal - an oat-free breakfast porridge recipe that's paleo and vegan!

Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living, Brit.co, etc.

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Questions and Reviews

  1. Whoa, I’ve never heard of n’oatmeal (probs since I haven’t been around the paleo block, haha!), but I’m totally trying this goodness out!

  2. I’ve never heard of n’oatmeal but considering the frequency with which I eat overnight oats of the regular variety, I think I should acquaint myself. This sounds like such a perfect breakfast! Have a great weekend Julia!

  3. I’ve never heard of n’oatmeal, and even though I don’t follow a paleo diet I’m totally into this! I love everything in here and it looks just magical with those blueberries piled high! 🙂

  4. I love overnight oatmeal, but I’ve never heard of n’oatmeal! What a neat concept!

  5. Hi Julia! Something about this called my name. I enjoyed it for breakfast this morning and look forward to the rest over the coming days. So filling and satisfying. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I start residency in, oh two weeks, and so I’m looking for easy breakfasts with staying power…and this totally qualifies! LOVE.

  7. Made it last night and had it this morning. Topped it with a tbsp of cashew nut yogurt, pumpkin seeds and fresh cherries. SO GOOD!

  8. Made this to bring with me for a long weekend Way. It was perfect! It was the perfect Pre-skiing breakfast warmed up with berries and nut butter. Even mixed in some collagen. Loved it and will definitely make again!

  9. I made a half recipe of this for two breakfasts last week, and enjoyed it, but – it was very liquidy, because nuts don’t absorb milk the way oats do. Next time I make it I will decrease the milk to ½ cup per serving, and I think that should work well.