Grain Free Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

I’m writing this on the floor of my bedroom right now. I threw out my back. I want to eat a sleeve of Oreos only because I went down some rabbit how on buzzfeed where someone jammed a fork in the creamy filling of an Oreo and dunked it into a glass of milk. Now I want to eat all the Oreos. Also, that’s a pretty awesome technique.

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

As I write this on my floor of my bedroom with back pain, I’m on day 22 of the Whole30. Someone told me that they were super sick of eggs by this point. Fortunately I figured out how to make this apple “oatmeal” on day 5 and I’ve been alternating it into my meal prep for the weeks. I haven’t had enough eggs to be sick of them yet. WAHOOOO.

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Not only is this Whole30 compliant, but it’s vegan and gluten free with no added sugar. It tastes like a cross between apple sauce and oatmeal. The soaked cashews in the mix give it that same bite you get with oatmeal and it’s nice and thick to boot!  It’s great served cold as a snack in the afternoon, but I like warm with bananas, raisins and nuts. I think tomorrow I might stir in a scoop of almond butter and coconut flakes.

Let’s gather our ingredients:

 

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Cut the apples!

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Let’s cook them with raisins, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice….

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

And half of a vanilla bean scraped!

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

In progress….

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Let’s start processing with an immersion blender. 

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

This “oatmeal” needs to be textured! That’s why we’re adding soaked cashews.

You can see little bits of raisins in there, huh?

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

You could also use dates. I’d probably use 2-3 to the mix.

Process! You can make it smoother if you’d like. I like it this textured:

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

MMMMM

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Ok let’s serve it up.

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

I like bananas, raisins and nuts. You can top it with whatever you like!

If you're trying to eliminate grains from your diet, try this Grain Free Cinnamon Apple "Oatmeal" made with cashews, apples, vanilla bean & raisins! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

 

Grain Free Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

makes 4-5 servings

  • 7 apples cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 vanilla bean pod, seeds scraped
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup cashews soaked overnight, drained

In a large pot combine apples, raisins, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, vanilla bean, and salt. Pour in 1 1/2 cups water and cooking, stirring occasionally for 20-25 minutes, until apples and raisins are soft.

Allow to cool, then blend apples until desired consistency with a food processor or immersion blender. Add soaked cashews to the mixture and pulse a few times to keep mixture chunky. Serve warm with your favorite toppings.

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  • Amanda

    This sounds yummy. I haven’t done a Whole30 but I’m certainly intrigued and will definitely try this recipe. Another breakfast I like is Peanut Butter Runner’s mashed sweet potato/banana bowls…yum! Warm and full of goodness (also Whole30 compliant).

  • Michelle

    Congratulations on making it to day 22!. When I did Whole 30 breakfast was definitely the most challenging part for me. Oatmeal is my favorite and I missed it terribly. Thinking I’ll do another round soon and will definitely give this a try.When I saw this on our instagram yesterday I was hoping you’d post the recipe, so thank you. Also, I’m so sorry to hear about your back. I hope you feel better soon!

  • Jamie

    Awesome idea but do you think this would work with almonds? Cashews make my face break out. (sad face emoji big time!)

  • Jamie

    Oh, and “Monkey Salad” for breakfast for some variety. Most people use bananas but I prefer apples – dice up that apple, top with some almond butter, toasted unsweetened coconut, and pepitas for a little extra protein. I also like to add cocao nibs for a chocolatey crunch. And sometimes a few strawberries. = )

  • danielle

    Sorry girl, but this is totally SWYPO and not actually Whole 30. I still say you do you though. Not trying to be a hater.

    • Tracy

      i guess it’s considered SWYPO cuz i used raisins?
      or is because i made “oatmeal”?

      http://whole30.com/2011/10/sex-with-your-pants-on/

      i’m reading that…and I interpret it as do not eat foods that are technically whole30 but trigger you into bad habits.

      For me, I’m not a person who goes CRAZY for oatmeal/sweets to begin with, so I don’t think that it’s something that triggers me into making poor choices throughout the day. I suppose I could eat everything independently and it’s not considered sex with your pants on?

      I feel pretty good about what I am doing. There were a few days where I went OVERBOARD on plantain chips and salami…which I believe is waaaaaaaaaaay worse for me than eating a combination of cooked apples, nuts, raisins and bananas. For me, SWYPO is more of a savory snack problem…and I am really trying hard to manage that.

      This process has been more about figuring out how to slow down my brain and make better choices for me. This feels oatmeal feels like one.

      • Hillary

        I’ve done whole30 a few times, and I always considered SWYPO to be about making junk food technically compliant or foods that, for you, are connected to cravings or are “not psychologically healthy.” Those foods will be different for different people–as the article in the link you posted said, “context matters.” Intent matters, too, which is why the creators say in regards to the SWYPO dilemma: “Now, does this mean you can’t substitute a poor food choice with a healthier option? Of course not. To help you critically evaluate whether you’re attempting to engage in SWYPO, ask yourself this question. Am I trying to exactly duplicate or recreate the poor food choice with ‘approved’ ingredients, or am I merely looking for a healthier, more nutritious substitution for that food?”

        In this case, I doubt you have any psychological connections to oatmeal (unlike what someone might have with fried food, sweets, savory snacks, etc.). It’s merely a healthier version of what is already, arguably, still a pretty healthy choice. So many whole30 recipes are healthier versions of things–I follow the Instagram pages and you see compliant versions of ranch dressing, fried chicken, fried rice, etc. In my mind, how is this paleo oatmeal any different than cauliflower rice?

        In short, I think you’re good Tracy :) Keep it up–you’re almost there! I’m planning on doing another whole30 in January and I’m bookmarking this for future reference.

        • Olivia

          I said I was going to make this and my husband tried to call me out on SWYPO too… he said, “Aren’t you RECREATING something here?” and my response was, “Babe, I don’t have an OATMEAL problem…. that’s for junk food”. I think you’re good too! Can’t wait to try this with the pile of apples I have on the counter. Thanks!

        • libby

          Would it still be SWYPO if you just called it something else?? Porridge?

          • JJ

            Love it Libby! Porridge does NOT sound like anything that would flip someone’s switch! I am considering Whole30 because my joints have started to ache (among other known issues). I haven’t done much research and just know the basics. But man, this kind of talk makes it seem like all those diets with rule debates I’ve avoided my entire adult life. My mom is/was a hard core fad diet, hope it makes me a skinny, beautiful, different version of myself. I’ve always tried to avoid that kind of stuff because it is so complicating. I’ve tried to go the make good choices and not over-do route but I know from having other food sensitivities that cutting certain things out can make a difference. I was hoping not to encounter this kind of implications in something like whole30. I realize there are rules but I get itchy when there are too many complications. Maybe if I don’t go in to deep? Thanks so much Tracy for sharing your experience with us!

          • Tracy

            I think that you have to find what works best for you and stick to it. I learned a lot about myself through this process. To me, it was about managing my relationship with food and being present with it. For some people, they do it because they have an intense battle with sugar. Definitely not my case as I’m not a sweets person. It’s not a one size fits all situation, that’s for sure!

  • jake

    How long do you think this would last in the fridge for re-heatings?

  • Shannan

    Looks great – I’m going to try this!

  • Monica B.

    This looks so delicious! I love oatmeal on cold days, but I’m finding I cannot eat it has often (too rich, too thick, too heavy) – this is a great replacement. Congratulations on day 22! Hope you’re feeling better.

    • Tracy

      Yes! If you think oatmeal is too rich/thick and heavy, you’ll definitely like this version. I am feeling better. Thank you!

  • Jenn

    I was very excited when you revealed your Day 15 on Whole30, which was the first time I had heard you were doing this. So, I ordered the book and I start Day 1 on Monday. Up until now I wasn’t sure this was for me, but you have done this with grace! Hope your back heals quickly.

  • Jessica

    Just made this. My apartment smells amazing!

  • Kelsey

    If I don’t have time to soak the cashews overnight, will it still turn out?

  • Carrie

    This quickly became a favorite of mine. I am currently on Day 11 of my own Whole30 and I love eating this on top of a sweet potato. Yum.

  • Jess

    I made this yesterday with pecans/apricots instead of cashews/raisins because I was all out, and it turned out great. I had it for breakfast this morning with bananas and coconut, so good! I’m on Day 15 and I was really getting sick of eggs every morning, so thank you for this!

  • Leslie

    If I sub pecans, do you suggest soaking them overnight as well or just cooking them with the apples?

    • Tracy

      I would probably not soak them overnight because I like the crunch of the pecans, but it’s entirely up to you!

  • Marcella

    Are the raisins a must?

  • becky

    Hi. Im on day 3 and still figuring out meal planning. How does this fit in? Aren’t we supposed to have a protein,fat and vegetable in every meal??? Thanks for your input.

  • Liz

    Do you think this would freeze well?

  • Tahra Makinson-Sanders

    So wondering about the sugar. this comes to 41 grams of sugar per serving. and 151 grams of carbs. That seems really high. The good fat is great at 26 grams.

  • Melissa

    What kind of apples do you use?

  • Josh

    This smells very good when you are making it but for the time and effort you put in, it is not at all satisfying. I would have liked it better if it was advertised as what it is and not oatmeal. It tasted nothing like oatmeal. Not bad, just not what I thought I “bought”.

    • Tracy

      I am sorry this didn’t meet your expectations. I figured that with all of the photos and descriptions you would understand what you’re in for.

  • Janis

    Quick question – are we using raw cashews? On day 8 and soooo tired of eggs, but feeling amazing! I have an inflammatory disease, so Whole30 is exactly what I needed. Finding an optional, creative, COMPLIANT breakfast food is perfect right ’bout now!

  • Deborah

    When you say soak, are you soaking them in water or coconut milk?

  • Rebeca

    I finally gave it a try today and the three of us loved it! I don’t like raisins and didn’t have any dates on hand, so I just made it without. It was sweet enough with the apples I used. The wonderful smell was a bonus.

  • Amanda

    This looks soooo yummy, I don’t have an immersion blender – do you think I could blend it in a regular blender? Can’t wait to try!

    • Tracy

      of course! i just use the immersion blender because i can’t be trusted transferring liquids into my blender (i make a mess!)

      • Amanda

        Hahaha perfect! I wonder if almonds would work instead of cashews?

        • Tracy

          cashews tend to be a bit creamier and don’t have the skins like almonds, but i would use what you’ve got! i don’t think it would make that big of a difference.

  • Lise @momlovesbaking

    Is it a total of 3 cups of water to boil the apples? Recipe says combine apples, etc, water and salt. Then says pour in 1 1/2 cups water. Just checking. Thanks!

  • Joy Young

    I’m preparing to start Whole30 soon. Breakfast and snacks on-the-run are going to be my biggest challenge. Thanks for this and the other creative compliant foods that will help me succeed and enjoy it at the same time.

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