Apple Pie Millet Breakfast Casserole

I love taking photos of my food but never, never like this.

I couldn’t get enough of this breakfast dish that I ended up having for lunch + bedtime snack yesterday.

Anyone care to share their tricks on how to get sticky goop off casserole dishes?

It’s been soaking since 1pm yesterday.

Caution: this recipe creates a lot of goopiness [yes, that's a technical word]

A little goopiness never scared anyone, read on.

It’s like apple pie in a glass, and what goes best with apple pie? Cream of course!

Bring on the almond milk! [milk was seriously the best idea EVER]

Oh my word.

I was so distracted I totally didn’t catch the tag sticking up from under the tea towel.

Don’t judge. This breakfast sucks you in with it’s sweet maple and apple fragrance.

*drool*

You’ll get lost too. I can guarantee it.

I’m confident in saying this is officially my favorite breakfast ever.

Apple Pie Millet Breakfast Casserole

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Yeast free

Who says you can’t have apple pie for breakfast? Enjoy this high fiber, nutrient packed breakfast bake filled with soft maple drenched apples. Life doesn’t get any better, I promise.

Inspired by: my Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 apple, diced – do not peel! – I used a gala apple
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup millet
  • 1 tablespoon amaranth
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch ginger

Topping

  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar

Add-ins: raisins, granola, shelled flax, nut butter, milk… you name it!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F*
  2. In a blender, combine water, apple juice, dates, vanilla, cinnamon, maple extract, nutmeg and ginger. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a 4 cup casserole dish.
  3. Add diced apple, millet, and amaranth to the casserole dish.
  4. Cover and cook for 80-90 minutes or until grains are fully cooked and most liquid is gone.
  5. Meanwhile prepare topping by combining all topping ingredients a couple of minutes before bake is done.
  6. Remove casserole dish from oven and cover with topping. Return back to the oven for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 15 minutes before enjoying.

*I tried baking it at a higher temperature and everything burned. Although this recipe does have a longer baking time I promise it’s 1000% worth the wait.

Makes 3 servings.

Kevin got back from the UK late Friday night [yipee!]

While he was gone I made sure not to use his car so we wouldn’t have to go through the same same incident as last time.

Although I hate to see him leave and get pretty lonely when he’s not around, he always manages to bring me a little something that makes me forget how long it’s been since I’ve sen him.

Lucky for him, this man truly knows the key to my heart…

FOOD!

I’ve never heard of Pret A Manager before but it sounds like they’re quite common throughout the UK, Hong Kong, and the US. They aren’t in Canada so I couldn’t be happier that Kevin chose these to take home to me!

Pret’s statement:

Pret creates handmade natural food avoiding the obscure chemicals, additices and preservatives common to so much of the ‘prepared’ and ‘fast’ food on the market today.

I’m in food heaven. Just checkout what they say on their labels…

And the slogan on the top of the flavored still water cracked me up…

Yes, I like to be “chilled”!

So far I’ve tried the Pomagranate still water and loved it! It reminds me a lot of Vitamin Water, but doesn’t taste as artificial. But one of the main ingredients is sugar and honestly I’d rather just have water, but if there are any Vitamin water fans out there, this may be a nice alternative.

I fell in love with the Vitamin Volcano smoothie. Ingredients: apple juice, squished banana [yes I'm off bananas but it's not like I could just toss it!], squished berries, and vitamins. The flavors are strong and natural, and the smoothie is just perfectly thick. To top it all off, it’s loaded with 6g of fiber and comes in at 135 calories. Score!

As great as these products are, they don’t beat a tall glass of filtered water or a homemade smoothie with fresh berries and protein powder. But, if you’re in a hurry and don’t have the time to pack a lunch, or you want to treat yourself with something yummy, these drinks are a great choice.

Very impressed. Way to go Kevin <3

Are you from the UK? Are there any products you recommend that Kevin pick up for me next time?

What’s the best breakfast you’ve ever made for yourself?

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