I just came back from a 4-day cheese camp trip held by Vermont Creamery in Vermont ( you can read about my trip in Vermont Cheese Camp post). I was very fortunate to be invited along with some of my favorite food bloggers as we got a chance to experience how things are done behind the scenes.
In addition to meeting the owners and staff of Vermont Creamery, we had a chance to visit with some local farmers, cider makers, pottery artists, and chefs. Before I went, I had a goal of eating my weight in cheese and I am happy to tell you that I reached my goal. Needless to say, it was an unforgettable experience.
Also, we were lucky, because the weather was amazing. During those four days, almost everyday we had sunshine with temperatures ranging between 65-70 degrees. It was truly beautiful fall weather. Now I am back in Atlanta, with temperatures in high 80s, it still feels like summer here. After a few days in Vermont, I think I am ready for fall.
Today’s recipe, warm farro breakfast bowl with cinnamon and apples, is a true autumn breakfast. Cooked farro is sautéed with apples, cinnamon, and cranberries and mixed with my favorite topping, quinoa crunch. Of course, you can top it off with any kind of granola or nuts as well, but please do yourself a favor and give my version a try. It is one of those filling and flavorful breakfast bowls that you will want to make over and over again in the cool autumn mornings that are ahead of us.
About Warm Farro Breakfast Bowl with Cinnamon Apples Recipe:
The recipe below uses cooked farro. If you are making this on a weekday, I recommend cooking it in advance. I usually prefer and use semi-pearled farro as it does not require soaking and I love that it cooks faster than pearled farro.
On the weekend, I cook a batch and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge to use in recipes like this one or to sprinkle on salads and soups throughout the week. I found that its nutty and earthy flavors brighten every dish. Not to mention, since it contains more fiber than grains like rice and quinoa and has a great number of vitamins and minerals, it is a great addition to any meal.
How to Make Farro:
To cook it, all you have to do is to rinse 1 cup of farro, place it in a small saucepan with 1 ¾ cups of water over high heat, bring it to a boil, turn the heat to low, and let it simmer for 25-30 minutes.
The timing may vary depending on the brand of farro you are using. Therefore, I recommend giving it a taste at the end of 25 minutes to see if it is cooked to your liking. Some cookbooks I found mentioned that it may take up to 40 minutes to cook, but my farro was ready in 25 minutes. If you end up with excess water in the pan after it is tender, drain it.
Add a Little Crunch / Topping Ideas
To give this farro breakfast bowl a nice crunch and a little bit of sweetness I topped it off with my quinoa crunch topping. As you may remember, I published the recipe for quinoa crunch back in May of this year. Since then, it has been a favorite in our house.
To be quite honest, I was not planning to add it to this breakfast bowl recipe, but I had some leftovers from the last batch I made and wanted to give it a try while I was testing this recipe. After our first bite, both Dwight and I thought it was so much better than topping it off just with pecans.
So we decided to include quinoa crunch as a part of this recipe. However, if you prefer to omit quinoa crunch just use some pecans. Either way, you are in for a delicious autumn breakfast bowl.
In terms of a sweetener, I used honey, but if you prefer you can swap it with maple syrup or brown sugar as well. I only used ¼ cup of honey as my apples were very sweet. I recommend adjusting the amount of honey used depending on the sweetness of your apples.
Finally, if you have leftovers, in the next morning, you can warm it up in the microwave or serve it cold with almond milk on the side. Whether you like it warm or cold, I think this fall breakfast bowl is a great way to switch up your breakfast routine.
Other Healthy Breakfast Bowls You Might Like
- Forbidden Rice Morning Cereal Bowl with Berries VEGAN + GF
- Coconut Quinoa Porridge with Berries and Quinoa Crunch Topping VEGAN + GF
- Baked Oatmeal with Date Butter, Apples, and Walnuts VEGAN + GF
- Almond Kasha Porridge with Ginger and Pineapple VEGETARIAN + GF
- Overnight Coconut Buckwheat Porridge VEGAN + GF
Warm Farro Breakfast Bowl with Cinnamon Apples
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 large apple cored and cut into small cubes
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
- ¼ cup of dried cranberries
- 1 cup cooked farro I used semi-pearled farro
- 1 cup quinoa crunch – see note for the recipe
- ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
- handful of pecans as garnish
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk optional
- Heat coconut oil in a small sauce-pan or cast-iron skillet. Add in the apple cubes, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Cook, stirring frequently, until they turn golden brown.
- Stir in the cranberries and farro. Give it a stir to make sure that the apples are distributed evenly amongst other ingredients. Cook 4-5 minutes or until warmed all the way through.
- Divide it amongst 4 bowls. Sprinkle each bowl with quinoa crunch and drizzle them with honey. Garnish with pecans.
- Serve them as they are, or if preferred, with almond milk on the side.
- To store: As long as it is kept in an airtight container, it will keep fresh up to 3 days in the fridge. When ready to eat, you can warm it up in the microwave or on stove top in a small sauce-pan.
Quinoa crunch adds a really nice crunch to this bowl. For this recipe, I swapped the slice almonds with same amount chopped pecans.
This recipe is adapted (with minor changes) from Megan Gordon’s cookbook Whole-Grain Mornings.