Applesauce Ancient Grains Oatmeal with Almond Butter and Cherry Jam

After falling in love with Purely Elizabeth’s 6-Grain Ancient Grain Cereal, I decided to work with it again, this time with two special ingredients. 1) almond butter, which costs an arm and a leg, and 2) cherry jam, which my friend bought me from Italy. 🙂

Applesauce Ancient Grain Oatmeal with Cherry Jam and Almond Butter #oatmealartist

The title says applesauce, but you could also use stewed apples, grated apples, or diced apples–whatever floats your yacht.

Applesauce Ancient Grain Oatmeal with Cherry Jam and Almond Butter

Speaking of whatever floats your yacht, I had a terrible time deciding between pecan butter or almond butter. I ended up going with almond better because it’s 1) cheaper, and 2) more accessible to most people. However, if you’re a pecan butter fan, go for it! Remember, you can make your own pecan butter and save a few dollars (link is for coconut-pecan butter, but you follow the same process, just without the coconut).

Applesauce Ancient Grain Oatmeal - Cherry Jam

^^ Got dat fancy Italian shiz ^^


Applesauce Ancient Grain Oatmeal with Cherry Jam and Almond Butter by the #oatmealartist

As for the ancient grain oatmeal, I am obviously aware that not everyone has this, can afford it, and/or has access to it. You can make this with any oatmeal. If you want to replicate the 6-grain experience (which is truly remarkable), cook a mix of whatever grains you have: oats, quinoa, flax, chia, buckwheat, etc. You can see how I made an oat-quinoa hybrid porridge here.

And don’t forget to participate in the contest to become December’s Oatmeal Enthusiast!

All you have to do is leave comments. See details here. It ends TOMORROW!!

Random Recommendations:

  • [reads] Check out my article on ThoughtCatalog!!!!! “The Anxious Person’s Complete Guide to Hosting Your First Dinner Party
  • [eats] Sesame King’s garlic tahini is a tasty and easy way to dress a salad.
  • [eats] Creamy polenta topped with roasted veggies, kind of like this. I flavored my polenta with garlic and fresh thyme, and I topped my polenta with roasted brussels sprouts, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and sauteed kale and mushrooms.

Applesauce Ancient Grains Oatmeal with Almond Butter and Cherry Jam

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup water (or more milk)
  • 1/3 cup Purely Elizabeth 6-grain Ancient Grain Cereal*
  • 1/2 cup homemade applesauce**
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (if you add cinnamon to your applesauce, you might not need as much)
  • pinch of salt
  • almond butter, for topping***
  • cherry jam, for topping

How to make it:

  1. Add milk and water to a saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. (If not using applesauce but instead dicing or grating your apples, prepare these now while waiting for liquid to come to a boil.)
  3. Once liquid comes to a low boil, add oats and reduce heat to medium or medium low. (If using diced apple, add now so they have plenty of time to soften. Otherwise, do not add apple yet.)
  4. Stir occasionally and let the oatmeal cook for about fifteen minutes.
  5. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add applesauce, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Continue stirring occasionally.
  6. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Swirl in cherry jam and top with almond butter. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (sliced almonds, coconut, fruit, dried fruit, more apple, etc.).

Just an FYI:

*If you do not have this cereal, you can make this with steel-cut oats. Use 1/4 cup oats and 1 cup liquid (instead of 1 and 1/2 cups). If you want to imitate the multigrain experience, use a mix of whatever grains you have, or add chia, flax, and/or hemp seeds to your oats.
**You can use store-bought applesauce, stewed apples, diced apples, or grated apple. Depending on the size of your apple, one apple or 1/2 the apple should be sufficient. Apples should be added after 15 minutes of cooking, EXCEPT diced apples. Add those the same time you add the oats.
***Try subbing pecan butter for the almond butter for an easy variation.

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

9 Responses to Applesauce Ancient Grains Oatmeal with Almond Butter and Cherry Jam

  1. Kelsey says:

    This looks so good! I think I would go for pecan butter instead of almond, but that’s just because I have to really be in the mood for almond butter. Also I love your new thought catalog article! We hosted our first dinner party a month ago and that sounds just like my experience with hosting.

    • Kelsey says:

      Also, I’d totally love to see more posts with different grains. I know you have the one oat/quinoa recipe, but I think more recipes like that would be fun to try out!

      • Christine says:

        I agree! It’s not as healthy but Cream of Wheat (farina) could be a good place to start. It’s well-known to most readers and readily available in grocery stores. Other grains and hot cereals are harder to come by. I have successfully made several recipes from this blog using farina. It works best with recipes such as Brownie Batter Oatmeal that call for steel-cut oats because you want a smooth consistency.

  2. Molly M says:

    That polenta recipe you recommended looks delicious!

  3. Christine says:

    Hi Kelsey: I usually get the plain Cream of Wheat that comes in a box, not the instant packets. There are several kinds that take different amounts of time to cook. The one I get takes 2.5 minutes. Aside from the actual Cream of Wheat brand, there are other companies that make a similar product. The one I have on the shelf right now is just called Farina. I don’t remember the brand name, but it’s basically the same as Cream of Wheat.

    I highly recommend using Cream of Wheat/farina to make Brownie Batter Oatmeal.

    • Kelsey says:

      Thanks for the info Christine! I got some regular Bob’s Farina today, so I’m super excited to try the brownie batter oatmeal with it.

      • Christine says:

        You’re welcome, Kelsey! I hope that you enjoy it. I have also tried the Brownie Batter Oatmeal with Hodgson Mill oat bran cereal. That worked well too.

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