This Keto Apple Spice Noatmeal is a delicious low carb oatmeal alternative. It's made with nutrient and protein dense hemp hearts instead of traditional oats. We add almond butter, bone broth protein, and buttery spiced apples and zucchini for a filling fall breakfast! It's easy to make, and quick to reheat, so you can enjoy the amazing apple taste with all the added benefits!
You guys might have noticed by now that we are huuuuge fans of hemp heart porridge or 'noatmeal'! It's basically a hemp heart 'oatmeal', a low carb oatmeal alternative. Hemp hearts are suuuuper nutritious, and they make a wonderful oat replacement. Have you seen our Strawberries and Cream Hemp Heart Oatmeal? Check it out! It's a great recipe and is a tad bit lower in carbs than this apple spice noatmeal recipe since it uses strawberries instead of real apple.
Now, did we mention that this recipe does use some real apple? It's true! We are firm believers in a flexible low carb lifestyle, and this time of year apples are too good to pass up. We do substitute some of the apple with zucchini as well to lower the carb count. Zucchini is currently our favorite apple substitute, even more so than chayote squash (although we do love chayote as a substitution too). Zucchini is just so accessible, inexpensive, and easy to handle. It has such a mild taste, that when cooked with some sweetener, butter and spices, it becomes a truly delicious substitution that can help lower the carb count! Check out these Healthy Keto Apple Crumble Bars that use a perfect combo of zucchini and apple!
- Unsalted butter
- Honey crisp apple, diced (could sub all zucchini to lower the carbs)
- Zucchini, diced
- Granular sweetener (Swerve Sweetener)
- Apple pie spice, homemade* (see our recipe below) or store bought
- Hemp hearts (Navitas Organics)
- Almond flour (Bob's Red Mill)
- Unsweetened coconut milk (Pacific Foods)
- Almond butter
- Vanilla bone broth protein, optional but recommend! Could sub favorite protein powder. (Ancient Nutrition – use our affiliate code ‘AFullLiving20’ for 20% off on your purchase)
- Vanilla extract
- Kosher salt
How to Make This Keto Apple Spice Noatmeal (Low Carb Oatmeal Alternative):
- Prep all of your ingredients ahead of time. It will make your life a lot easier when it all comes together. We like to core the inside of the zucchini, since the seeds are so watery. Cut your apple and zucchini into bite sized chunks, or whatever your preference is. Melt your butter in your sauce pan, then add the apple and zucchini with 1 tablespoon of Swerve.
- Cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes, then turn off the heat, and add ½ teaspoon apple pie spice. Remove from the pan, and set aside.
- Add your hemp hearts, almond flour, bone broth protein, salt, remaining sweetener, almond butter and remaining apple pie spice to the pan. Pour in your nut milk and stir the mixture well over medium-low heat until everything is combined. Simmer for 15 minutes to allow the porridge to thicken. Once finished, remove from the heat, and stir in most of your cooked spiced apples and zucchini, reserving a few to top your bowls. Adjust sweetener and spices to taste.
- That's it! Just serve this Apple Spice Noatmeal (aka low carb oatmeal) and enjoy!
What Is Bone Broth Protein?
We used our favorite vanilla bone broth protein by Ancient Nutrition in this recipe. We love using Ancient Nutrition’s Vanilla Bone Broth Protein Powder in our day to day. This Bone Broth Protein powder is a nutritional powerhouse. Each scoop contains 20g of protein plus collagen type II (which naturally contains glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid) and 19 amino acids. Long story short - their Bone Broth Protein offers the same gut, joint, and skin support of traditional bone broth in an easy-to-mix powder. It tastes amazing and is also easy for the body to digest!
This no-fuss protein powder is made from all non-GMO, cage free, cruelty free sources and never has any added hormones. Just one scoop of this vanilla bone broth protein contains 20g of protein, and only 2g of net carbs. We love adding it to this noatmeal recipe, but it's also great in smoothies, in these keto pumpkin pancakes, coffee and baked goods! They make some savory flavors, as well as a "pure" flavor that is essentially just unflavored that you can use in soups, and more. If you don't have bone broth protein, you can use our code 'AFullLiving20' for 20% off your purchase on Ancient Nutrition's website.
We did receive free product that we used to make this post. As Ancient Nutrition ambassadors, we receive free product and can share our honest opinions about them. We also occasionally participate in sponsored campaigns with the brand over on Instagram!
Can I Use Peanut Butter Instead of Almond Butter in This Low Carb Oatmeal Recipe?
Yes! Absolutely. We actually do occasionally mix in peanut butter instead of almond butter in our noatmeal recipe (low carb oatmeal), like in our strawberries and cream hemp heart oatmeal recipe. It's really more of a preference thing! Some people don't like peanut butter on keto and opt for almond butter instead, because it's considered less inflammatory on the body. We'd never tell you what you can or can't eat with this way of eating! We are super flexible with our lifestyle, so we consume both. The main reason that we opted for almond butter in this situation is because it's lower in carbs. That may be another factor that you will want to consider!
Can I Make My Own Apple Pie Spice?
Apple pie spice is a blend of cinnamon and other warm spices like ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and more! Basically this spice blend is good for so many fall baking projects that include apples. It’s truly delicious, so you will want to have some on hand! You can buy it at many stores, McCormick makes a pretty accessible version! To make your own apple pie spice at home, it’s too easy. It’s really affordable too. To make apple pie spice, you combine cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ground cardamom, ginger, and cloves in a large bowl and whisk together, then transfer it to a container. That’s it! You can add more or less of your favorite spices, but your base is definitely cinnamon. If you don't feel like mixing up a batch of apple pie spice, cinnamon will work well too.
Here’s our apple pie spice recipe (again, add more or less of the various spices for your own personal preference!):
5 tbsp ground cinnamon
1.5 tsp ground nutmeg
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp ground allspice
¼ tsp ground cloves
Does This Keto Apple Spice Noatmeal Recipe Include Real Apple?
Yes, it does! We used about half of a medium sized honey crisp apple for this recipe. That came out to about 65 grams. In 65g of honey crisp apple, you will have 9g total carbs, and 2g of fiber, making 7 net carbs. This recipe is 4 servings, so the apple contributes 1.75g net carbs to each serving. For us, that totally works. We do use some zucchini as well in this recipe to cut down on the carbs, but still give that apple feel. For the zucchini that we use as a partial apple substitute, we just slice it down the middle and scoop out the watery seeds in the middle, then cut it into bite sized pieces. If you prefer to lower the carbs in this dish even further, just use all zucchini as a complete apple replacement, and adjust the macros accordingly.
How Do I Reheat This Hemp Heart Porridge?
You can store any leftover keto apple spice noatmeal in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. It's super simple to reheat it through out the week for a quick, protein packed breakfast. You can reheat on the stove until heated through, or in the microwave. Please note that reheating may thicken the porridge, so you might need to add more milk to reach your desired consistency.
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More Recipes To Try:
- Strawberries and Cream Hemp Heart Oatmeal
- Healthy Keto Apple Crumble Bars
- Homemade Spiced Sugar Free Low Carb Apple Cider
- Keto Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes
- Keto Pumpkin Pancakes
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Apple Spice Noatmeal Recipe (Low Carb Oatmeal)
- 65 grams honey crisp apple, chopped (or your favorite variety, could sub for all zucchini)
- 65 grams zucchini, chopped and cored
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoon granular sweetener, divided (or to taste)
- 1.5 teaspoon apple pie spice, divided (or to taste)
- 120 grams hemp hearts (about 4 servings)
- 28 grams almond flour (about ¼ cup)
- 50 grams vanilla bone broth protein (about 2 scoops)
- 96 grams almond butter (about 3 servings)
- ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (or your favorite low carb milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Top with: more apple bits, ChocZero maple syrup
- Melt your butter in your sauce pan, then add the apple and zucchini with 1 tablespoon of Swerve. Cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes, then turn off the heat, and add ½ teaspoon apple pie spice. Remove from the pan, and set aside.
- Add your hemp hearts, almond flour, bone broth protein, salt, remaining sweetener, almond butter and remaining apple pie spice to the pan. Pour in your nut milk and stir the mixture well over medium-low heat until everything is combined. Simmer for 15 minutes to allow the porridge to thicken.
- Once finished, remove from the heat, and stir in most of your cooked spiced apples and zucchini, reserving a few to top your bowls. Adjust sweetener and spices to taste.
These nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy and are only estimates. We cannot guarantee the accuracy.