By Carl Hanson

Oatmeal, the Original Paleo Breakfast?

OK, so you're a paleo person. No, I mean you're really a paleo person; you're living in caves in southern Italy some 20,000 years before the invention of agriculture. You're hunting, you're gathering. What do you eat? Nuts, berries, small game, yes of course. And now, say scientists, we can add porridge to the paleo-friendly plate.

Researchers in Puglia, Italy, discovered stones that prehistoric humans used to grind grains, including oats and acorns, into flours. Dating to 32,000 years ago, these grinding stones represent the oldest evidence of food processing found in Europe.

What did they do with their hand-ground artisanal flours? Most likely they mixed them with water and cooked them as porridge or cakes, say experts. In other words, if you're not eating these paleo porridges and pancakes, you might be doing the paleolithic diet all wrong. Don't let that happen.

6 Paleo-Approved Breakfast Oatmeals

Slow Cooker Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oats

True, paleo people did not have steel to cut their steel-cut oats. Or electricity to fire their CrockPots. But other than that...

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Easy Overnight Oatmeal

Did paleo people enjoy the benefits of lactase persistence? Well, maybe not. But no matter, because this one calls for almond milk instead of cream or milk.

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Berry Baked Oatmeal

OK, this one does call for dairy. But it makes up for it with all the berries, and it's sweetened with paleo-(and cave bear)-approved honey.

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Peachy Oatmeal

This recipe is described as bringing "the taste of peach crisp to your morning bowl of cereal!" A paleo person can dream, right?

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Healthy Coconut Oatmeal

This recipe is, arguably, closest to what we might consider "paleo friendly." But why argue? The yogurt's optional.

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Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes

Ancient oat-flour cakes? Sounds like oatmeal pancakes to us. With the bonus of blueberries.

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