Apple Cereal with Nuts, Seeds, and Cacao Nibs

Monday, July 15, 2013


I always look forward to the occasional comment from the grocery store cashier upon ringing up my bag of 14 apples each week.  

"That's a lot of apples!  Are you making apple sauce?"  
"Nope, I just eat two apples a day.."  
"Is is true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away?"  
"Yes, actually!  It does."

I really love apples.


Don't get me wrong, I love all types of fruit.  I also eat a banana every day with my breakfast, as well as mangoes and berries in my dinner salad.  But, to me, apples are the perfect food.  They are extremely portable, pair well with nearly anything, are very filling, and are perfect to help regulate my blood sugar every day at 3:30. 

For probably the last six years, apples have been both a major component of my lunch, as well as my 3:30 afternoon snack (yes, I eat an apple every single day at 3:30).  I used to prefer Red Delicious and Gala, then went through Jonagold and Braeburn phases, and am now currently on a Pink Lady kick.  I have never liked Fuji apples, and will only eat them if they are the only organic variety available.  And then I bitch about them all week.  I'm kind of an apple snob.


I started eating a similar lunch to this one back in the fall, when Dayv and I first moved into our new home.  Then I got lazy and started packing peanut butter with my apple every day for lunch at work.  Recently, though, I decided to step away from peanut butter, as we tend to have a love-hate relationship which seems to resurface every year or so.  (I love peanut butter so much, but sometimes it starts making me feel pretty gross after consumed, and I need to walk away from it for a bit.)  

This bowl is pretty much like a dessert, in my opinion, but super healthy and filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.  It's also ridiculously delicious.  I think of it as a deconstructed, raw granola bowl, and that's what it tastes like.  I love it for lunch, but it would make a spectacular breakfast or even special treat.


Notes: Even though I highly recommend using hazelnuts and pecans for the bowl, other nuts would be equally delicious, especially walnuts (because walnuts make everything taste better, amiright?).  Also, feel free to adjust the measurements to suit your appetite.

Apple Cereal with Nuts, Seeds, and Cacao Nibs
Inspired by Thrive
serves one
one apple, chopped (I prefer harder apples, such as Pink Lady.  Always organic.)
1 tbsp pecans, chopped
1 tbsp hazelnuts, chopped
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1.5 tsp hemp seeds
1.5 tsp cacao nibs
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used Trader Joe's brand- carageenan free!)

Combine all ingredients into a bowl.  Enjoy!

44 comments:

  1. I am glad to know that I am not the only person who is slightly obsessed with apples. There is rarely ever a day that goes by that I do not eat at least one! :)

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    1. i'm glad that i'm not the only one obsessed with them either ;) thanks for the comment, lady!

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  2. I love this recipe - it's totally my kind of food! Also, I totally agree about peanut butter. Sometimes I absolutely can't get enough of it, but other times I can't stand it. I do the same thing with coconut butter. So strange!

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    1. i still haven't tried coconut butter... i'm glad i'm not the only one who has a love/hate relationship with peanut butter ;)

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  3. I'm an apple lover too! But my favourites are Granny Smith

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    1. ahh..a tart apple lover. they're a little too hard for my tastes.

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  4. whoa. that sounds really perfect and yummy. I like apples alright, but in the summer time I am all about the stone fruits and berries. I just can't get enough. My husband keeps on eating apples though. :) Thanks for the recipe, it looks really yum.

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    1. thanks, amey! i always forget to pick up stone fruits in the summer.. and when i consider it, i look at their expensive price tag and turn away.

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  5. Lovely blog you have! I love the simple layout and photography. I'm usually obsessed with the grains in a cereal, but I've never thought of subbing with chopped apples altogether. Dunno why I haven't thought of it, especially during the UK apple craze season.

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    1. thank you so much, irina! i wish i was in uk for the apple craze season!

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  6. I have an apple addiction too, especially Honeycrisp. I agree with you on the Fujis; it's organic or nothing!

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  7. I've totally made the apple cereal from Thrive. Great recipe! I too eat apples daily. I'm on a big green apple kick these days - topping off my smoothie bowls!

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    1. apples on top of smoothie bowls sound delicious!

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  8. I'm a big apple person too, although recently I've got into pears for breakfast. This looks like a lovely, fruity bowl - I need something savoury for lunch but would love this for breakfast!

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    1. i love pears, but hardly ever eat them!

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  9. What a beautiful, delicious combination of fruity, crunchy, milky, nutty yum! Pink Lady apples are my favourites too. For years I've loved them. So sweet, crisp and juicy!

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    1. thanks, lisa! and they totally are sweet, crisp, and juicy!

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  10. Haha, I love that you're an apple snob! ;) Since I live in Washington, I am a total apple snob! The funny thing is that I am not as particular about the type of apples I eat, but I will not tolerate mushy apples under any circumstance. This looks delicious by the way!

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    1. mushy apples are no good for sure! jealous of your washington apples ;)

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  11. I love eating apples mixed into yogurt with granola, but I've never tried eating them with almond milk...I love the idea of a "deconstructed" granola! I tend to go through phases with apple varieties too, although they've been so expensive this past year that I don't buy them as much as I'd like to. My daily afternoon snack is carrot sticks instead!

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    1. carrot sticks sound yummy, too! i try to always get my apples at trader joes. they're so much less expensive than at whole foods.

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  12. I used to eat an apple a day when we lived in Wisconsin, but the apples here just don't seem as good. Sads! So no more apple a day for me, at least not until the fall. I love Pink Lady apples too, although my current favorites are Honeycrisp. This cereal looks amazing!

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    1. i love honeycrisps, too, they just haven't been around lately. the fall is definitely prime time for apples ;)

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  13. When I'm working (like, in an office) I always have an apple a day. When I work from home, I tend to forget or go for other fruit instead. I should give this little bowl a try to make sure I get my apple a day in!

    P.S. Pink Lady is my favorite right now too. :-)

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  14. This sounds like a super healthy dessert! I would look forward to eating this every morning!

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  15. Tried this for breakfast today - perfect!

    Also, I love crunchy apples, too! I used a pink lady for this and it was a great choice :)

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    1. yay, marlies, so happy you enjoyed it! so glad you loved the pink lady ;)

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  16. Long live apples (and walnuts)! I like Granny Smith and a kind of Russet apple that we call Canada in France (with a slightly grainy peel). I love this dish it's so simple and looks delicious!

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    1. <3 aurelie, yes to apples and walnuts! i want to try a canada apple!

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  17. wow hmm i dont think i have figured out which apples i like yet. and i get lazy about eating one a day too. usually its like one a week. apples in a cereal like this with all the goodies might get me started on the everyday track!

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    1. one apple a week? you can do better than that, lady ;) chop one up and put tons of goodies on top. you'll love it!

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  18. Totally trying this :) Perfect since I have been greatly reducing my grains :)

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    1. perfect! thanks for he comment, gabby!

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  19. Mmmmm! Me too! I love apples. I'm on a pink lady kick right now too. But I usually buy Gala. Yum!

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  20. I'm obsessed with this! I love DIY cereal. TJs's unsweetened vanilla almond milk is my absolute fave :)

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    1. mine too! i love the flavor of it SO MUCH. so happy you like this recipe ;)

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  21. Such goodness in a bowl- Love TJ's almond milk and practically their entire vegan line of goodies- the cacoa nibs are such an awesome addition to breakfast!

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  22. Love this! This s my new favorite snack/breakfast. So simple but it really hits the spot. Thanks for this!

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  23. By the way, I have at least one apple a day, if not two. And each of my two older kids have one or two a day as well, so we go through tons of apples! We usually have them sliced and sprinkled with cinnamon or dipped in almond butter. And now, this way :)

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  24. I've been eating this for breakfast this week. I add quinoa to increase the protein and help keep me full. It's so delicious and satisfying.

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