Cinnamon Apple Creamed (Hot) Cereal

As we’ve said before, Sundays are the one day a week that Matt gets to sleep in. And on those days, Stacy often invents things. One morning, Matt woke up to discover that she had recreated something reminiscent of his favorite breakfast from his youth. Behold! It is a grain-free version of cream of wheat!

Cinnamon Apple Creamed Cereal
Egg-Free, Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Corn-Free, Soy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free


2 C raw walnuts
1 C raw macadamia nuts
1 C medjool dates, pitted and halved

2 apples, peeled and diced
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

2 C almond milk
1 14 oz can full fat coconut milk


  1. Combine nuts and dates in a food processor until ground into a fine meal, about 1 minute; set aside
  2. Saute apples over medium heat in coconut oil until lightly browned, about 5 minutes
  3. Add nut and date mixture and cinnamon to apples and stir to incorporate, about 1 minute
  4. Reduce heat to low and add coconut and almond milk
  5. Stirring occasionally, let mixture cook uncovered until thickened, about 25 minutes


Serve warm; 6-8 servings; store chilled in an airtight container for up to a week or two.


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  • Looks yummy!!!  When do you add the date/nut mixture, with the milks?

    • Eep, good catch! I’ve updated it, you could add it then I think but we did it at the same time as the cinnamon to get a good coating before putting in the milks.  Thanks, Elisabeth 😉

  • Rachel

    Cant wait! The boys miss their oatmeal.

    • Then this ought to be perfect for them!

      • Rachel

        I am out of almond milk. I have unsweetened chocolate almond milk and coconut milk in the refrigerated form. Do you think either would work in place of the regular almond milk portion?

  • JoAnne Isgro

    Where do you get raw macadamias?  If I can find them in the stores, it’s the roasted kind.  Thanks!!

    • Our Trader Joes carries them raw and roasted.  Roasted would be OK if you can’t find raw, but I think the raw offers a more grain-like consistency when pureed.

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  • DebiPT

    I cannot wait to try this!!

  • Dawn

    Just wanted to thank you for another awesome recipe.  This has become a staple for my DD (15mo now!) and I in thr mornign with cheesy eggs and half a banana each.  We love it and can’t get enough.  I just made a double batch today for in the fridge so we can have some for at least the next week (had to use a gallon size jar!).  🙂  So yummy.  Oh, and while we used walnuts each time I couldn’t remember that the other nut was macadamia so we’ve subbed in almonds and pecans each-still so yummy.

    • That’s great to hear! Glad to have given you something that’s so beloved!

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  • Amazing recipe – my son is paleo since 3 weeks and before his breakfast was always porridge cooked from rolled oats – so this is great!! I just cooked it with just almonds and it turned out great , I added a tsp of vanilla extract too. Can´t wait to serve this tomorrow!Thanks !!

    • It’s a little crazy how popular this recipe has become. Who would have guessed that people missed their oatmeal/cream of wheat/porridge this much! Glad it turned out so well for you and I’m hoping everyone likes it!

  • BeckyF

    I love this stuff!  It’s so thick and rich, it really hits the spot.  Has anyone tried freezing some, and does it hold up well?

    • We’ve never frozen it, but I don’t see why it couldn’t be frozen. Good luck and let us know how it thaws!

    • Randi

      It does freeze well. I froze the leftovers in ice cube trays and defrost them cube at a time and serve it to my baby as he seems to like it the best.

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  • Emilyk0603

    Would this work with out the can of coconut milk?

    • And instead more almond milk? Well, it wouldn’t be as thick. Is it the can or the coconut or just lack of ingredient? To get the same consistency, you’d really need to have a creamy replacement. Maybe actual cream or milk? Maybe you could thicken it by cooking it longer? I think you’d need to experiment.

      • Emilyk0603

        Lack of ingredient and not close to a store. Thanks I will try it and see how it goes 🙂 

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  • Rebecca

    Hi, great recipe – how many servings does this make?

    •  Eat Like a Dinosaur says 6-8 servings.

      • Rebecca

        Cool, thanks!

  • Andrea

    Need a lower carb count can I leave the dates out or replace with something else?

    • Hmm… Dates act as a thickening agent as well as a sweetener. Perhaps some dissolved gelatin?

    • Flax works well to thicken.

  • Kristin W.

    Made this last night for my kids and one said it was phenominal, the other ate it but said it was just ok (he didn’t ever like oatmeal so this did not suprise me). Both my husband and I thought it was great and I am eating a bowl of it right now. This is a great recipe for me to have something a little different than eggs. I did add 2 diced dates (in addition to the cup of them) while it was cooking to get a little bite of them with the apples and it is fantastic. Great keeper recipe!

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  • steffany

    do you think you could make this in a crock pot?

    • Not sure, but probably – if you try it and it works out let us know!

  • Shauna

    I love your bowls. These are great recipes! I made something similar this morning but this looks so much better.

  • mdicarlo

    May I suggest to soak the nuts overnight before using them? Benefits: increased enzyme activity, greater absorption of the food’s nutrients by the body and increased digestibility. “Nuts have phytic acid.
    Phytic acid is also found in grains and legumes. Just as with grains and legumes, soaking nuts
    is essential for proper digestions. When eating nuts that haven’t been soaked, the phytic acid binds to minerals in the gastrointestinal tract and cannot be absorbed in the intestine and to many bound minerals can lead to mineral deficiencies. By soaking, you are breaking down the phytic acid so it can be absorbed properly. Nuts also have high amounts of enzymes inhibitors. This is another reason why un soaked nuts are hard to digest. Soaking nuts neutralizes the enzymes allowing for proper digestion.”

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  • Teena Daize

    Do you think this would work in a crock pot?

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  • Camala Fowler

    Thinking about making this for breakfast, but don’t have the right nuts. Will any nuts do? I have almonds. 🙂

    • Camala Fowler

      Also have sunflower and pumpkin seeds, but no macs or walnuts presently.

    • Kristin Craine

      You need a “soft” nut. You could also use pecans for example.

  • Kristin Craine

    Made a batch of this for my breakfasts this week. It is SO good. When I made it, I made a huge batch of the cinnamon apples.. some I used for this recipe and I used the rest to go with dinner. I love it when I can multi-purpose.

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  • May

    Is there a nut I can use instead of the macadamias? I love them and they are my favorite but then can be sooo expensive.

    • Yes, simply increase the walnut portion to replace the macadamias. 🙂

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