One of my goals for 2016 is to slowly work to cut out less healthy foods and replace them with more healthy foods. I know that may sound aimless and it doesn’t fit the definition of a true goal (because it’s non-specific and unmeasurable), but it’s a directional goal. It’s learning how to balance conservative spending habits with purchasing high-quality foods that pack a nutritional punch.
Hubby and I are die-hard breakfast fans! We cook a hearty breakfast 5-6 days a week. We love anything involving eggs and we do splurge on the occasional pancake or waffle breakfast (but only from-scratch). In my attempt to incorporate more nutrition per calorie, I purchased Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal to change it up from our usual steel-cut oats. Bob’s Red Mill headquarters are based right outside of Portland, OR (just a short drive from us). I visited their facility a few years ago. You can find their products online and in many stores across the nation. We use their white, whole wheat, and pastry flours, grits, flax seeds, and now hot cereal!
I was inspired to create this recipe after thumbing through this cookbook which I received from my sister-in-law a few years ago. I tweaked the original recipe and made it my own using the hot cereal. We tried it this morning and BOY it was good. I hope you will try it and enjoy!
10-Grain Breakfast Bowl (serves 2)
1 1/2 cups water
pinch of salt
1/2 cup 10 grain hot cereal mix
1 TB coconut oil
1 large apple (any kind), cored and diced
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
Bring water to a boil (with a pinch of salt). Add hot cereal mix and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the cereal is cooking, heat the coconut oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add diced apples and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle cinnamon over the apples. Add walnuts and cranberries to the apples. Heat through.
When the cereal is finished cooking, spoon into bowls and top each bowl with a 1/4 cup of yogurt and the apple mixture. To finish, drizzle honey over the top!
What a filling and delicious (and healthy) way to start today!