Stewed Breakfast Apples with Cinnamon and Ginger

Stewed Breakfast Apples with Cinnamon and Ginger


When I first started eating healthily this was one of my favourite dishes, partly because it tastes so incredible and partly because it was a great way of eating fruit without realising I was doing it! At the time I was pretty afraid of fruit, so I had to cook it down until it became more fruit soup than whole fruit! I have to admit that even now I think this tastes a million times more delicious than whole fruit, although I now love my apples stewed not totally disintegrated. This recipe has been a favourite for a while, it’s so amazingly simple with such a delicious mix of flavours. The soft bites of warm apple melt amazingly with the stewed blueberries, the sweet date syrup, and the gentle spices of cinnamon and freshly grated ginger. I then pour warm coconut milk over the whole bowl and add some homemade cinnamon pecan granola. It’s just amazing! It’s really the best winter breakfast too as it’s so warming and comforting, yet still wonderfully light and simple – perfect for January healthy eating! Apples are amazing for us too, especially as they’re full of antioxidants, which are really important for keeping our bodies healthy. Plus there’s lots of vitamin C and fibre in each bite, so you’ll feel satisfied and energised for hours while keeping your immune system very happy!


Serves 1:

– 2 red apples

– a handful of blueberries

– about 1/2 an inch of fresh ginger

– a heaped teaspoon of date syrup (or maple syrup/raw honey)

– a heaped teaspoon cinnamon

– 1/2 a can of coconut milk



Start by peeling your apples. Then cut them into bite sized pieces, discarding the core. Place the pieces in a sauce pan with the blueberries, cinnamon and date syrup and cover the bottom few cm’s of the saucepan in coconut milk. Allow the pan to start simmering on a low heat. As it cooks just watch that there’s always enough liquid and the apples aren’t sticking and burning to the bottom of the pan. If this is happening just add a little more coconut milk or some water.

Then peel your ginger and then grate it onto a plate, then add this to the pan. (I grate it on a plate not straight into the pan as most graters are metal and they get very hot when used above heat!)

Allow the apple mix to cook for about twenty minutes, at which point all the coconut milk should be evaporated or absorbed.

Place the apples in a bowl and use the pan to heat up the remaining coconut milk for a minute or two, then pour this over the apples, add your granola and enjoy!

You can make the apples in big batches, allow them to cool and then store them in an air-tight container in the fridge if you want a speedy breakfast! They should last about five days if stored this way.


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  • Annie

    Hi Ella. When you use coconut milk do you shake the can prior to opening it in order to combine the top fatty layer with the thin bottom watery layer?

  • Gaddemon

    It was amazing, thanks!!

  • Millie l Add A Little

    This looks so wonderful! i love the colour!

  • Rosie Watson

    I’m really intrigued by your recipes. They all do look so delicious. I’m a paleo eater, so this is a whole new concept to me. Do you not run out of energy really soon after eating this? It’s very healthy but I can just imagine myself feeling drained within an hour of this. This is not a critism because I’m actually very tempted by a lot of your recipes but how do you maintain your energy without overeating?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Rosie, I actually find that I have so much more energy on a plant-based diet compared to my old eating habits. I found that animal based foods were really difficult to digest and were depleting my energy. I was also eating a lot of refined sugar which ultimately led to a energy crash. Plant-based food can be super filling and provide loads of energy as it’s giving you the nutrients your body needs. Hope you love the recipes! X

      • Rosie Watson

        I wholeheartedly agree people should be eating far more plant foods! I’m currently studying to be a nutritionist which is opening my eyes to different eating styles. I’ve been paleo for about 2 years now and aside from the meat, paleo and vegan aren’t all that different. Both (when done properly) eliminate dairy, sugar and processed foods. How do you feel about the idea that grains contain chemicals that damage the gut? Part of the paleo lifestyle is not eating any grains or legumes which is what makes me nervous to try some of your recipes containing grains. I’ve also suffered with horrible health problems which is what lead me to paleo and I feel healthier than ever. I can imagine you’d probably be nervous to go back to a meat diet too.

        • ellawoodward

          I eat plant-based ingredients including grains which make me feel great. I think the most important thing is listening to your body and making sure you eat foods that are right for you as everyone is different and may react to foods in their own way. Perhaps it’s best to consult with a naturopath to gain some expert advice. Ella x

          • Rosie Watson

            You look so healthy. I think it’s amazing
            You managed to make yourself feel better. Chronic illness is horrible. I’m definitely making some of your recipes. I did a bit of research on phytates and it seems no one can agree on them so it’s definitely a case of listening to your body. Congratulations on the book and the app. I hope I can have the same success as you once I qualify.

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Anna, perhaps you added to much coconut milk to the saucepan. You only need enough for a few cm’s above the base of the pan. Some coconut milks can vary in consistency too, I use the organic tinned coconut milk from Biona. Hope it turns out delicious! X

    • Anna

      Thanks for your response! It turned out super yummy!! :)

  • ellawoodward

    Yes it’s still delicious cold too! X