Apple Oat Cereal

I love cookbooks. I have been collecting them since I was a kid and my husband always makes fun of me because I read a cookbook every night before bed like a normal person reads a magazine or a novel. Almost two years ago I started writing the proposal for the weelicious cookbook. I had no idea if it would ever come to fruition, but I poured my heart into the thought of it becoming a reality. Some thirty odd drafts of it later, William Morrow, publisher for my hero, The Pioneer Woman and Alice Waters, bought the idea and my dream has finally come true. Since the moment I found out, I've been working like a mad scientist in the kitchen, trying to come up with new unique and nutritious recipes for the book. Testing combinations and playing around with ingredients until I find something I think kids and adults alike will enjoy has been a process I've gone through since I first started weelicious 3 1/2 years ago. But actually getting to do all of that for a real book is surreal to me.

It's been a painstaking process for me trying to decide which new recipes should go up here on the site each day versus what should go in the book, but some unexpected things have come out of all the creating, like this recipe. I had been working on an idea for a dessert using walnuts, dates and dried apples but I just couldn't get it to come together on the first few tries. I finally figured it out, but I still ended up with a few extra pounds of dried fruit and nuts. Not knowing exactly what to do with all of it, I tossed it together with some oats and put it aside, figuring I'd work on another recipe idea with it later on. But, little did I know the final product was already complete. The following morning, Kenya saw the container sitting on the counter and said, "I want that cereal for breakfast". After five mornings of him coming into the kitchen and saying the same thing, the container was empty. I started buying more fruit and nuts and making batch after batch of this accidental creation to satisfy his craving. And it's so easy. I love that I don't have to peel, cut or cook anything to make him so happy. Gives me extra time to work on my book!

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Apple Oat Cereal (Makes 8 Servings)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 Cup Medjool Dates
  • 2 Cups dried apple rings
  • 1 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Cups old fashioned oats

Preparation

1. Place the first four ingredients into a food processor and pulse for about two minutes to combine until a ball starts to form.
2. Break apart the mixture into small pieces and place in a separate bowl along with two cups of oats and mix to combine.
3. Serve.
*The cereal will stay fresh in a sealed container for weeks.

Accompaniments

Whole Milk, Yogurt, Rice Milk, Almond Milk

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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35 comments

  • Amy

    Over the moon excited you have a Cookbook coming!

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  • Donna

    I was so excited to see that you have a cookbook coming! I love your site and your wonderful recipes...they have helped me feed my ultra picky toddler!! Can't wait to try this yummy oat cereal :) I'm sure my oatmeal loving son will love it!

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  • Lisa

    I am always looking for more \"real food\" breakfasts to serve my kids. This looks delicious and I can't wait to make it for them.

    PS. Can't wait for your cookbook!

    Thanks!

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  • Ann

    Very excited that you have a cookbook on the way!

    I do have a question about this recipe, though. You serve the oats as is -- uncooked? Just not sure that will work for my toddler .. . So, maybe I'll cook the oats, unless you have other suggestions . ..

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    • Donna

      Hi Ann,
      Just wanted to let you know I just made this with my toddler (22 months old) and he couldn't wait for it to be finished. He started eating it out of the big bowl we were mixing it in. He LOVED it...uncooked oats and all!! The oats really stick to the date/apple mixture so he had no trouble with it.

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    • Catherine

      Yes uncooked, the oats will absorb the milk and become soft after a minute or two :)

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  • Fisch Foods

    Congratulations!!! I can't wait until your cookbook comes out!!!

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  • Jess

    Anymore info on when your fabulous cookbook will be available??!!

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  • Jeannette

    I just learned of this website a few weeks ago and I'm addicted!! Looking forward to your new cookbook.

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  • Heidi

    Congratulations on the cookbook! How exciting :D The cereal sounds like it would be great for us. My son loves that kind of thing, and it's so easy too!

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  • Sarah

    Congrats on the book!!! I can't wait!! I can't say it enough..but I LOVE your website!

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    • Ashlee

      +1!!

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  • Rose

    I too love reading cookbooks but I must admit that I am a cookbook snob. I will only buy books (or check them out of the library...) that have colored pictures for every recipe so I am really hoping that yours will (one of the many reasons why I love your website). But I will be getting your book regardless :-) Can't wait!!!

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    • Britt

      Same! I want to see what the finished product is supposed to look like!

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    • Krista

      Same here! I only ever make the recipes that have pictures!

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    • Jen

      DITTO!!!! It at least needs to have pictures to accompany most of the recipes. I'm very visual and the picture also helps me figure out how things come together in the end so there is less confusion.

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  • Melinda Allen

    Whooo Hooo! A cookbook full of your wonderful recipes! i am so excited! Can't wait to get it!

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  • MJ

    Congrats!!!

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  • Jioanharvest

    Just read that you have a book coming out. I will buy it for sure. I cook for my 20 month old granddaughter. I can use some new ideas especially for lunch. She has never eaten any sugar except the natural sugar in fruit. She adores vegetables and pasta. I have been collecting cookbooks for 40 years. I just love them. Awesome web site.

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  • Melinda P

    Congrats!! How exciting!

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  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    Congratulations on your upcoming cookbook! I love this cereal recipe and can't wait to give it a try.

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  • Amanda

    Such exciting news! Congratulations!

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  • Yeni

    Congrats on the book! I will definitely be in line to purchase it. Hope you can do a book tour and visit South Florida. Would love to thank you in person for the continued inspiration.

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  • Dawn

    Can't wait for the cookbook & more great recipes!!! This looks yummy!

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  • Rachel

    that's awesome! congratulations. i love your recipes.

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  • Rachel

    Can't wait to add your cookbook to my collection! After that, can you come out with a time management book to let us know how you do it all? :-)

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  • Kes

    I read cookbooks before bed too!!
    I am so excited to buy yours soon!
    THANKS

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  • Sarah

    This is a very tasty recipe! I also tried mixing the fruit/nut mixture with organic unsweetened \"o\" cereal and it too is delicious - almost like healthy Apple Jacks. :)

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  • Alissa

    I am beyond thrilled that you have a cookbook coming! Can't wait :D

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  • Stefani

    I have to admit I was reluctant to try this recipe because I personally think dates are so sweet and I don't think I've ever eaten oats \"raw\" - always prepared some way. But I wanted to try something different and I am so happy I did. It's not too sweet at all, it's the perfect amount of sweet and the oats, once they are in milk for a minute or longer, become creamy and oh so good! I was totally shocked. It really is delicious!

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  • Amy H.

    Just made 2 batches of this cereal....and I'm enjoying a bowl right now....I'm the quality control lady! :) Anyhow, my kids are going to love this! Yummy! Thanks so much for another great recipe!

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  • Twifenmom

    there was a bar recipe similar to this in the book right? but I don't remember the walnuts?

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    • Catherine

      Are you thinking of the Fruit and Seed bars?

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  • Adam

    I'm not sure- this works more as a moisturizer than a muakep fixative. Maybe you can try and see how it goes? But I've read that you can make your own fix plus using glycerin and pure water. You can probably find videos on youtube about that

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