EASY APPLE CINNAMON PALEO HOT CEREAL {WHOLE30, VEGAN}

This easy Apple Cinnamon Paleo Hot Cereal is ready in just 10 minutes, free of added sugar, Paleo, Whole30 compliant and vegan.  Just as delicious for an afternoon snack as it is for breakfast!

I’m sneaking in a recipe today! On a Thursday – yes – this is the day I typically ramble on about thoughts and life, but, I thought you might want to get in on this preeeetty spectacular Whole30 breakfast recipe. A breakfast recipe, that – oh yes my friends – is SWEET and contains no eggs. Sometimes I just don’t want eggs. Or kale. Or meat.

Or even bacon for that matter. (Sounds crazy, but I’ve been on bacon overdrive lately and I’ve had enough. For one day. And yes I know bacon is a meat, but it goes in its own category as far as I’m concerned.)

I guess I’ve also been having a whole lot of CLEAN FUN with my apples lately, and had to see what else I could do.  Don’t you guys love the cinnamon apple combination?  Heck yes, for me.  I also find that cooked apples are so much more pleasant on my digestion, and I’m always happy to find new ways to cook them.

The thing about this yummy Paleo hot cereal is that you have options! Let me explain. First, timing options. If you have NO TIME in the morning – whatsoever – you can make the entire thing the night before – minus toppings -and simply top with a bit of almond milk, heat, top and eat. Super simple.

You also have texture options. As a 10-minute cereal, the nuts remain a bit crunchy, but, if you prefer a softer, more oatmeal-like cereal you can simply add more almond milk (as explained in the recipe box) and cook longer.

As far as toppings go, the sky’s the limit (the sky, or the Whole30 rules, I suppose.) The first time I made this I went with sliced bananas and coconut butter for me, almond butter for Adam. The second time, I added bananas and nothing else and it was perfect. Add whatever suits your mood, or add nothing at all, up to you!

The last great thing?  You can eat this any time of day and it just WORKS.  Breakfast, lunch, light dinner (if you roll that way), dessert.

I actually just had this for lunch because I’m rushing to get work done before picking up the kids, and I had leftovers in the fridge!  Plus, being that it’s day 24 of my Whole30 (as I’m writing) the change of pace from my typical greens + meat + starchy veggie lunch is very much welcomed.   This will definitely become a staple for me well beyond Whole30.  Let’s get started!

Easy Apple Cinnamon Paleo Hot Cereal {Whole30, Vegan}

Ingredients

For the hot cereal:

  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 1 large apple or 2 small peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup raisins or chopped dates
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened coconut finely shredded
  • 1 cup chopped raw nuts walnuts, cashews, pecans or a combination (I used cashews and walnuts)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk* or canned light coconut milk

Toppings to serve with:

  • 1-2 bananas sliced
  • unsweetened almond butter or coconut butter
  • Additional almond milk

Instructions

  1. Heat a large saucepan over med low heat and add the coconut oil until melted.
  2. Add the apples and nuts, sprinkle with salt, stir, and cook for about 1 minute until apples begin to soften and nuts begin to brown
  3. Lower the heat to low and add the almond milk, shredded coconut, raisins and cinnamon.
  4. Stir, raise the heat and bring to a boil. Allow to boil while stirring for a minute, then lower to a simmer, cover, and cook another 2-5 minutes* until the apples are soft and some liquid is absorbed. Nuts will soften but will still have a crunch*
  5. Serve hot with toppings like sliced banana, more almond milk and coconut butter or your favorite nut butter.
  6. You can also make the hot cereal ahead of time, store covered in the refrigerator (without toppings), heat prior to serving and then add toppings. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*If you have more time and want a softer hot cereal, you can add 1/4-1/2 cup more almond milk and simmer about 10 minutes longer, or until desired consistency is reached.

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