Apple-Cinnamon Hot Cereal

apple-cinnamon hot cereal

One of my favorite breakfast dishes used to be oatmeal. However, a few years ago, I had to give it up (among other foods) when I discovered my body is intolerant to gluten. However, this recipe is one I can enjoy without any negative side effects. Apple-Cinnamon Hot Cereal is a great oatmeal alternative for anyone with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Plus, it’s 100% Daniel Fast friendly.

Apple-Cinnamon Hot Cereal

1 (14.5-ounce) can coconut milk
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 apple, chopped, unpeeled (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 banana, mashed (about 1 cup)  
1 cup roughly chopped dates
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
½  cup toasted pecans or walnuts

Add coconut milk, brown rice, apple, banana, dates, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat about 10 minutes or until heated through. Stir frequently to prevent burning on bottom of pan. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon pecans or walnuts over each serving.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about ½ cup)

Recipe Notes

  • Store chopped dried figs or raisins for the dates.
  • Add 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal.
  • Makes a great snack or dessert!
  • Store unused portion in refrigerator or freeze for later use.


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  4. carelythia says:

    They actually make gluten free oats now. I have celiac as well so I have to read labels carefully.

    • Yes, I’ve seen the GF oats but never tried them. I should because oatmeal used to be one of my favorite foods to eat for breakfast! Thanks for your comment.

  5. How would you substitute steel cut oats in this recipe? What would the portion ratios be? Thanks!

    • Jenae, since 1/4 cup dry steel cut oats equals one serving, I would recommend using 2 cups steel cut oats for 8 servings. However, if you don’t want that many servings, simply adjust the recipe. You would use 1/4 cup oats for each serving. I hope that helps!

  6. Is instant brown rice ok?

  7. Does it matter if its long grain rice? And would gf oatmeal be ok to have?

  8. Our entire church has participated in the Daniel Fast with amazing results. Lifes were changed, people lost weight and the testimonies were an encouragement for participants to press on. Purchasing your book really helped with recipe ideas that I could share and provided wonderful tips that really helped. I am so excited to be the prize winner. Thanks for everything.

  9. Hi. We live in Turkey & so there are some “basics” that aren’t available here. What can I substitute for coconut milk?


    • You could use any non-dairy milk, such as almond, rice, or soy milk. The advantage of coconut milk in this recipe is its creamy texture. 🙂

    • You can make coconut milk from unsweetened coconut. 4 cups hot (not boiling water), 1 1/2 – 2 Cups unsweetened shredded coconut. Put water and coconut into a blender and mix on high until its thick. If you can not get all of the water in, add what you can, blend then strain through a flour sack type towel squeezing out as much liquid as you can. Add the pulp and the remaining water into the blender and blend again. Then strain the mixture through the towel or several thick layers of cheese cloth.

      P.S. The pulp, which should be quite fine if you blended the water and coconut for a long enough time period, can be dried and used as coconut flour.

  10. Hi Kristen,
    I am eating this recipe right now. It is SO YUM!! I did substitute Almond Milk for the Coconut, and it is very good. I do want to try the coconut milk though. I can just imagine how much creamier it will be. Wonderful recipe! Blessings ~~ dawn

  11. Kristen, I am so grateful for this recipe! My health problems have driven me to the Daniel Fast and it is such a relief to have a battery of recipes at my fingertips. This morning I was so hungry my stomach hurt but I’m still figuring out what I can eat without getting sick. I made this cereal and thus far, all is well. What a blessing!!! I love your website and I thank you for your ministry.

    • Kelly, I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! I pray God does a healing work in your body and spirit as you seek Him through prayer and fasting. He has great things ahead for you, so press on, sister! 🙂

  12. Do you have nutritional value for this recipe? Calories…carbs and such? I have been eating this for almost a year now and I love it. I’m very allergic to oats, so this is a great alternative. A group of us are keeping a daily calorie log and I wasn’t sure what this might be. My problem is that I can’t eat just one serving!

    • I haven’t calculated the nutrition facts on this recipe, but it would be easy to do. You can use an online tool to determine the breakdown of calories per serving. I use My Fitness Pal, but you can find a number of recipe tools to help you! I just didn’t start putting the nutrition facts on recipes until after I’d posted 100 or so. That’s why not every recipe has that information. Thanks for your question and comments!

  13. Is prepackaged almond milk acceptable, or should I use homemade almond milk?

  14. Nicole Leatherby says:

    I tried this recipe but it was very liquidy. Is is supposed to be soupy?

  15. Hi Kristen, My church just called 21 day fast. It is our choice as what kind of fast, clear liquids or Daniel. I had opted for Daniel this time. In years past I have always chosen just water. Change does a body good. I stumbled onto your website and have posted it to my Facebook page. I am eager to continue with this fast. Now, I have always made oatmeal for breakfast. I have been sweetening it with coconut sugar. Now I checked the package and it should be Daniel fast ready. It contains tree nuts(coconut) packed in a peanut free facility. I wanted to get your take on this? Is it acceptable considering it is organic? What is your thoughts on coconut oil as well?.

    • Hi, Cheryl! I’m thankful you chose to seek the Lord through the Daniel Fast this time! I hope you continue to be blessed by my website, and I appreciate your sharing it with others. To answer your question about coconut sugar, that one could go either way. It really becomes a matter of personal conviction. Coconut is a fruit, which makes it Daniel Fast friendly. However, some may consider coconut sugar to be “added sugar” and decide not to include it. So the decision is really up to you. As for the coconut oil, yes, you can certainly use it on the fast. It’s a great choice that has many nutritional benefits. May God bless you abundantly as you hunger for Him!

  16. Can this recipe be reheated. My husband is doing the Daniel Fast but he works so I would like to make this recipe so that he can take it to work and heat it up when he gets his breakfast break. Considering it is so cold here in NY.

    • It should be fine to be reheated. He may need to add a little water if it’s too thick after sitting for a little while. I know what you mean about being cold right now. I’m ready for Spring!

  17. I love these recipes, I hate that i’m allergic to coconut…ill try it with almond milk.

  18. Priscilla Navarrette says:

    Can I continue on the Daniel Fast even past 21 days?

    • Yes, you certainly can! Many people so great physically and spiritually that they want to continue. You can always modify the food guidelines and resume eating certain foods. But it’s a good idea to keep making the healthy choices you learned on the Daniel Fast. Thanks for your question!

  19. I made the apple…cinnamon…brown rice dish …and loved it…so satisfying and tasty:-) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 …thank you for sharing…so good for breakfast or anytime…even when you are NOT on the Daniel Fast

  20. Nedra Bates says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!! I just finish making it and YES it is good….Our church is in day 3 of our Daniel Fast and this will be a welcome breakfast item. Be blessed

  21. Yummmmy! Wholesome rice pudding for breakfast!!!!!!!? Thank you for this delicious recipe! Blessings, Carla

  22. Just found your recipes….our church is starting a 21-day Daniel Fast….. THIS IS OUR FIRST…LOVE MY COFFEE IN AM…..LOST ABOUT WHAT TO FIX…..determined to follow through with this commitment, and to know Jesus deeper…..we’ve been Christians for 40 yrs +!!! A new adventure for us…Digging Deeper …..Susan

    • Susan, I love what you said about digging deeper. Yes, that’s what the Daniel Fast is all about – trusting God in a new way. I’m glad you’re doing the fast with your church. That will help you stay on track! 🙂 You can do it! Remember, the Lord is with you, and He will provide all you need. I recommend getting a copy of my book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. It’s an extremely helpful resource, especially for your first fast. May God bless you abundantly as you seek Him!

  23. Susan, we are doing the Daniel Fast for the first time, too. Our church, Radiant, is doing it together. I’m super excited! I already feel God’s presence in a special way after making this decision. It’s a win win ~ a closer walk with the Lord while getting healthier!

    Kristen, any suggestions for a salad dressing replacement?

  24. Hi Kristen. I just stumbled on to this website. I’m busy with my 3rd Daniel Fast for this year. I can’t believe I only found you now. 🙂 I would like to know if there is perhaps another place where one can print out the recipe? This one in particular tickles my fancy. It looks yummy!

    • Hi, Debbie! I’m thankful the Lord led you to my website. I pray you are blessed by the information here. Many of the recipes are included in my book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, so that’s one option. 🙂 The other is to copy and paste the recipe in Word. Then you can just print it out. Some of my newer recipes have a “print” option, but most don’t. Thanks for your question!