Brown Rice Farina Spiced Apple Cereal for #BRMBreakfast

February, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene

Breakfast in our house is as predictable as the rising sun.  Our mornings are quiet, almost robotic with only the sounds of the kettle bubbling and cold cereal cascading into bowls echoing across the room.  We are together, but lost in our own early morning thoughts. It reminds me of the calm before the storm, because the moment we all leave that comforting cocoon of the kitchen, frantic steps march up and down the stairs, homework papers shuffle into backpacks, and shouts of “love you” are carried onto the front porch until the sound of the door slamming shut signals the start of the day.  Occasionally the routine will break with the sound of cracking eggs, or excited conversations about a new adventure taking place that day, but for the most part, weekday mornings reside in stark contrast to our evening routine where sound, energy and motion fill the kitchen. It is this contrast that creates a hunger for weekend mornings, because on the weekend, our kitchen is equally bathed in morning sun and the sounds of kitchen conversations because we break free from the routine, set the table, create a morning feast and linger at the table until we are truly satisfied in mind, body and soul.

#BRMBreakfast Bobs Red Mill Breakfast by Coryanne Ettiene

I’ve teamed up with Bob’s Red Mill® to share my family recipe for Brown Rice Farina Spiced Apple Cereal.  You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a pudding because I’ve served it as a pudding as many times as I have served it as a breakfast cereal.  It’s rich, creamy, sweet, aromatic and heavenly; but forget all of that, it is also so very good for you, packed with high fiber, iron and protein, Farina is also Gluten Free. The creamy texture of the Farina makes it soft and absorbent, which means that anything you add to it will immediately change the flavor of the Farina.

You can keep it simple with a quick 8 minute dish by adding brown sugar, dried fruits and nuts for times when you need a quick breakfast, or you can linger in the kitchen and turn it into a morning feast by adding roasted fruits to it.  Like most hot cereals, the trick is to not over cook them, and keep them smooth by cooking them with either your favorite milk product or water.

Roasted Appple Breakfast by Coryanne Ettiene


Brown Rice Farina Spiced Apple Cereal Recipe

  • 1 Cup of  Bob’s Red Mill® Brown Rice Farina Cereal
  • 3 Cups of water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of mincemeat  (get my recipe here)
  • 1 Galla Apple, thinly sliced and seeded
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
  • Warm milk, optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.  Add the sliced apple to a sheet of parchment paper, top with brown sugar and butter, and then fold over the paper before sealing the sides to create an ‘En papillote” cooking package.  (Don’t be discouraged by the French cooking term, that simply means to cook sealed in parchment.) and bake for 20 minutes, or until you have fork tender apple slices.
  2. Bring the water to boil in a medium sauce pan, add the salt and Farina, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 5-8 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure that the rice is cooking evenly.   The result should be a creamy rice texture.
  3. Once the rice is done, drain in that beautiful apple package — cooking juices and apples — let nothing go to waste, and the mincemeat.  Gently fold together before serving.

*Note:  My husband loves this with a splash of warm milk in his bowl, it makes is all the more creamy.  I prefer it without.


While my goto is the Farina, this recipe works well with all of their hot cereals:

  • 10 Grain Cereal: Combines 10 grains and seeds for a flavorful blend with a hearty texture that plays well with the sweetness of the apple.
  • Gluten Free 8 Grain Cereal: Combines 8 gluten free grains and seeds for a unique blend that is hard to replicate and when blended with the mincemeat, it is perfect for a power breakfast.
  • Organic Creamy Buckwheat (GF): A creamy cereal milled from nutty buckwheat. It’s a complete protein, so this cereal delivers a nutritional punch. It has an earthy flavor that is almost meant to be paired with mincemeat and apple.
  • Organic High Fiber Cereal: A high fiber blend of oats, flaxseed meal, wheat germ, oat bran and wheat bran. It delivers essential Omega-3s and 10 grams of fiber per serving. I often add more apple when I serve it this cereal as I like the sweetness it brings.
  • Cracked Wheat: This is a chewy cereal that is wonderful with nuts and dried fruit, I often add in the mincemeat and make cereal bars with it.

Disclosure:  Compensation for this post was provided by Bob’s Red Mill® .  The opinions and recipe expressed herein are my own.

An employee-owned company since 2009, Bob’s Red Mill® Natural Foods produces more than 400 products, including a full line of certified gluten free products and an extensive line of certified organic products. With a wide variety of whole grain products—from flours and hot cereals to baking mixes and grains—Bob’s Red Mill has “whole grain foods for every meal of the day.” Bob’s Red Mill is the nation’s leader in stone milling whole grains. With all the sophisticated knowledge of recent times, no machinery has yet been developed that grinds grains into flour as well as these slow-turning, flint-hard quartz millstones of the kind used by millers since ancient times.  Learn more about Bob’s Red Mill® and follow the breakfast conversation at #BRMBreakfast across social media:

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