The Ingredient That Will Change Your Keto-Friendly Oatmeal Forever

If you follow a low carb or keto diet, you might've come across the term "noatmeal," that is, "not oatmeal," or oatmeal that is made without oats (via Chomps). While being high in fiber and nutrients, half a cup of oats contains nearly 70 grams of carbs (via Greatist) — making oatmeal a non-keto-friendly option. Finding keto and low carb friendly breakfast options can be challenging, especially when you're on the go. But, noatmeal makes it simple.

Taking inspiration from oatmeal, noatmeal is usually made from a mixture of nuts and seeds, like flax and chia seeds, that can be prepared in a container overnight (via Chomps). That way, when you wake up the next morning, you have a low carb, full flavor, and easy to take with you out the door breakfast waiting for you. However, there's one seed — that's technically a nut (via Healthline) — with the potential to change the way you prepare your keto-friendly noatmeal for good: hemp seeds.

Hemp seeds are the perfect oatmeal substitute

Considered a super food by many, hemp seeds are rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fatty acids (via Medical News Today). With as much protein as soybeans, these small heart-shaped seeds deliver 10 grams per serving along with all essential amino acids — making them a rare source of complete, plant-based protein (via Healthline). With zero grams of net carbs (via Carb Manager), hemp seeds are perfect for keto and low carb diets — and an even more perfect substitute in your morning noatmeal.

As a nut, hemp seeds have a nutty and neutral flavor profile (via Bon Appétit) that is suitable for many different noatmeal flavors and toppings. When added to liquid, hemp seeds soften to give you a texture that is similar to overnight oats. Sweet As Honey recommends going back to your mixture and stirring it halfway through, refrigerating to ensure they absorb the liquid without forming clumps. When they're ready, top your noatmeal with whatever sounds good — from berries to nut butter, and chocolate chips to pecans, your noatmeal may never be the same.