Friday, September 19, 2014

Paleo Cinnamon Apple Hot Cereal

I have and will be focusing a lot on both cinnamon and apple, as they're two seasonal ingredients I've been highlighting for my healthy family nutrition website and Facebook page. 

They're the perfect pairing as fall approaches, particularly on chilly mornings when you need a little nudge to get out the door! I adapted this recipe from Paleo Parents, and I'm pleased to say it got both of my kids' thumbs up.

The main change I made was to use almond meal in lieu of macadamia nuts; while I adore the latter and they would likely yield an even creamier texture here, I was curious to see if it would still work with what for me is a pantry staple.

I think the cereal came together well with the combination of raw walnuts and almond meal. I also halved the recipe, which still yielded (for us) at least 3 portions. Since I'm divorced I don't have my kids every morning, so this was a much more appropriate amount for us. 

I loved the apple chunks here but just might need to try this one out with canned pumpkin next month! Maybe I will even get crazy and make it with both pumpkin and apple...

Paleo Cinnamon Apple Hot Cereal 
adapted from Paleo Parents

1 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup almond meal
3-4 pitted dates
pinch of salt
1 large apple, peeled and diced
1/2 tbs. coconut oil or ghee
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup full fat coconut milk
1 tbs. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine walnuts, almond meal, dates and salt in a food processor. Process until a paste has formed.

Meanwhile, sauté apple in coconut oil until soft (about 5 minutes). Stir nut mixture into apples. Add cinnamon and vanilla.

Reduce heat and add almond and coconut milks. Stir to combine. Simmer uncovered until thickened, stirring often to prevent sticking. Mine was reduced in about 20 minutes.

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