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Rolled Spelt Cereal

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Mornings are made better with this Rolled Spelt Cereal, a nutritious and comforting bowl of hot cereal topped with warm cinnamon apples (which make everything better)! This hot breakfast is a healthy and satisfying way to kickstart your morning. Plus, it’s quick to make and is a morning meal the whole family will rave about.

Two bowls of hot spelt cereal with toppings.

what is spelt

Spelt is a type of ancient grain that is packed with fiber and has a slightly sweet “nutty” flavor. It has a different gluten composition than regular wheat and is more easily tolerated.

Spelt packs a good serving of protein, fiber, and iron, and is one of our favorite ancient grains to work with! If you want to learn more about grain varieties, we have an entire page dedicated to ancient grains!

What is rolled spelt?

Rolled spelt is simply spelt that has been rolled (like old-fashioned oatmeal). It looks similar to oats and it cooks just as quickly! You can usually find it near the oatmeal in the grocery store, or sometimes even in the bulk foods section (depending on the store). It’s usually called rolled spelt or spelt flakes.

How to Make Hot Spelt Porridge

This rolled spelt cereal recipe is SO easy and makes a delicious and healthy breakfast. The cinnamon apples pair really well with the sweet(ish) flavor of the rolled spelt, and you can rest assured that this bowl of hot cereal is a more nutritious option than traditional oatmeal. Best of all, if you have kiddos- here’s a hot cereal recipe they’ll approve of!

To make rolled spelt cereal with cinnamon apples, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • water
  • rolled spelt flakes
  • salt
  • butter or olive oil
  • apples, diced
  • apple cider
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • salt
ingredients used for rolled spelt cereal with cinnamon apples.

You’ll make the rolled spelt cereal in two steps: first cook the spelt flakes, then cook the apples. Simple, right? And in fact, you can cook the apples while the spelt is simmering, reducing the time it takes to get this breakfast on the table!

Here’s a brief summary (but check out the full recipe at the bottom of the page):

  1. Cook the rolled spelt- It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to cook spelt flakes.
  2. Cook the cinnamon apples- While the spelt is cooking, saute the cinnamon apples. Cook the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the apples to be tender and the liquid to evaporate.
  3. All the toppings! Serve the hot spelt cereal with a large spoonful (or two) or the cinnamon apples and your choice of other toppings. Some of our favorites for this dish include dried cranberries, coconut, toasted nuts, hemp seeds, and tahini. 🙂
A skillet of sautéed cinnamon apples.

need more spelt in your life?

We love incorporating this incredibly nutritious ancient grain in our cooking and baking! There are so many ways to enjoy spelt, whether you’re looking to swap it in place of regular wheat for a high-fiber (and easier to digest) substitution, or you just love the sweet, nutty flavor!

A bowl of hot rolled spelt cereal with cinnamon apples.

For more spelt recipe inspiration, check out some of these favorites:

An overhead photo of hot rolled spelt cereal with toppings.

If you’ve never tried rolled spelt cereal, you are certainly in for a treat. It’s a breakfast that’s worth waking up for! Enjoy!

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An overhead photo of hot rolled spelt cereal with toppings.

Rolled Spelt Cereal with Cinnamon Apples

Wholesome whole-grain spelt grains make a healthy and nutritious hot cereal. The spelt is rolled like old fashioned oatmeal so it cooks quickly.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Dahn Boquist


For the Rolled Spelt Cereal

  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup rolled spelt flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Apples

  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 3 large apples diced
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. 
  • Add the rolled spelt and salt then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. 
  • Cook for 10 to 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • While the spelt is cooking, heat the butter in a saucepan. Add the apples, apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. 
  • Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the apples are tender and the liquid evaporates. 
  • Serve the hot spelt cereal with cinnamon apples and your choice of other toppings. Suggested toppings: dried cranberries, coconut, toasted nuts, hemp seeds, tahini.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 610mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 27g

Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandchildren or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Friday 26th of June 2020

That's a fantastic breakfast to wake up to!

Dahn Boquist

Friday 26th of June 2020

thanks Angie!

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