apple spice breakfast soup

I love the idea of making a soup that’s just for breakfast. It makes me feel a little grown up, which is similar to how I feel when I find myself in a teacup + saucer situation or when I write a check.

Luckily, it doesn’t leave me feeling too grown up, which is how I feel when I plan for retirement or when someone calls me “ma’am”

Why do you have to go and do that? Just call me “miss” until I’m a real adult, okay?

I’ll let you know when that is. For now, go ahead and pencil it in for sometime around the year 2074.

We don’t have to be grownups about this. We can eat this soup any time that we want. Let’s not get fenced in by labels, people. I’m not going to come to your house and tap tap tap angrily on your window if you slurp this soup at 3 pm. The afternoon could be your breakfast time for all I know. You might like to eat four breakfasts. Every now and then I eat two dinners. I’ve been known to eat three desserts. There are no rules here. Just soup and kittehs, 24/7.

Apple Spice Breakfast Soup
Recipe adapted from the New York Times
Serves 6


  • 1 1/2 quarts water
  • 4 Pink Lady or other tart apples, cored and diced
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 4 slices of stale whole wheat bread, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla coconut milk yogurt
Combine the water, apples, raisins, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, salt and agave nectar in a large pot.
Bring the ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.


Stir in the bread.


Cover the pot and let the soup simmer for an hour, stirring occassionally.


Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and yogurt.


Serve immediately, or chill and serve cold.

14 thoughts on “apple spice breakfast soup

  1. I’m with you on the ma’am thing. I’m only 19 and a few people have already called me that, which makes me question myself. Luckily, I have a dog who does not speak and just stares at me lovingly (when I have food).

  2. Oh, you’re so right about the whole grown up thing! At 32, I’m still wondering when I’ll be a “grown up”. I’m thinking quite a few years from now as well….

  3. I love this idea! A sweet warm apple soup sounds like the best way to start the day. Think I will make this tomorrow AM. I’m not eating gluten at the moment so I wonder if I could throw in a GF grain into the pot as it cooks…hmmm.

    • I might be crazy but I think you could also just leave out the bread. It would be a thinner soup, but still delicious.

  4. I wish we could just put out a memo to the world that says this: “There is no one alive who likes to be called ma’am. Maybe there was at one time, but she’s gone now. Please just stop.”

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  7. Loved the intro as much as the recipe itself. I’ve been called ma’am in seventh grade and up on various occasions. I don’t look old – it just seems appropriate to others I guess. I laugh to myself every time once they’re out of earshot.

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