Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Randy Mon
Prep Time
15 Mins
Serves 4

Every morning at the breakfast buffet, guests at Rancho La Puerta look forward to this sweet-tart cereal, full of refreshing apples. It's a flexible recipe, delicious with or without nuts and more fruit.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a medium bowl, combine oats with 3/4 cup water. Let stand while you prepare remaining ingredients.

Step 2

Put lemon juice in another bowl. Peel 1 apple, then cut out 8 very thin slices. Turn slices in lemon juice and lift out; set aside. Peel and coarsely shred remaining apples into lemon juice; mix immediately.

Step 3

Stir apples, nuts, syrup, and coconut into oats. Divide among 4 bowls. Serve with yogurt if you like; garnish with apple slices.

Step 4

*Agave syrup (also called agave nectar) is a sweetener made from the juice of the agave plant. Find it at well-stocked grocery and natural-food stores.

Step 5

Make ahead: In step 1, combine oats with 1 1/2 cups water; chill at least 2 hours and as long as overnight, then drain (oats will be fuller-textured than when short-soaked).

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews

SweetElise's Review

December 03, 2011
I've found serving the serving size misleading. If it is your full breakfast, this serves only three people when using small bowls.

nlrutecki's Review

October 11, 2011
This is a beautiful switch up to my usual pumpkin oatmeal! The tartness of the lemon adds that extra zing to the coconut and almonds that any breakfast needs! Loved this. I added greek yogurt for extra protein :)

SpunkyMunky28's Review

June 11, 2011
This was a very filling breakfast, it taste great and gave me energy to start my day. Very highly recomended!

elliesfolks's Review

January 06, 2011
This is a breakfast favorite at our house--hubby loves it! It is full of bright, fresh flavors. I never bother with the sliced apple; just grate both apples and add to the lemon juice. It tastes too good to be so healthy.

Rhonda's Review

December 21, 2009
OH my! This was wonderful! I usually have a problem eating oatmeal and coconut b/c of the texture, but this was a wonderful treat. It was smooth, tart, and filling. I made it as a side dish for a birthday brunch.