I eat oatmeal just about every morning. While it is not honestly my favorite breakfast, I don’t think eating Hangover Hash browns each day would be very good for my waistline. Oatmeal is my go-to breakfast for the weekdays though because it is good on my wallet and great for my body. Packed with soluble fiber and protein; oatmeal is a fabulous meal to start off your day because, quite frankly, it sticks with you. Kenny has a bowl of cereal every morning and I always sit there wondering how on earth he is going to make it to lunch….I LOVE cereal but I feel like I have to eat the entire box in order to feel full…..not so good on my wallet or waistline….
This particular oatmeal is called my Trail Mix oatmeal because I top it with nuts, chocolate, and fruit. It has an earthy taste from the steel cut oats yet also a sinful flavor from the sweet chocolate chips and juicy blackberries. It is both sweet and crunchy without having a dessert feel. I recommend making up a batch of steel cut oats on Sunday and then portioning the oatmeal out throughout the week, adding toppings each morning to make this power breakfast your daily energy boost!
Makes: about 5 servings
What you’ll need:
1 c steel cut oats (I got mine from my local farmer’s market and they are phenomenal)
3-4 c water
25-30 fresh blackberries
3/4 c crushed pecans-you can use walnuts, pine nuts, or really any nuts that strikes your fancy.
3/4 vegan chocolate morsels
1-2 tbs agave
How to make: Pour steel cut oats and 3 c of your water into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt if you want, sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t….I honestly just forget a lot. I don’t taste much difference. Maybe my pallet isn’t sophisticated enough?? Moving right along. Once oats are boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer. When I say simmer I mean a very low boil. Just because your setting on the stove says “simmer” does not mean your food is actually simmering. You may need to mess around with your stove settings to keep it at a low simmer (think barely any bubbles…but a few bubbles just the same). Leave oats at this level for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. As they start to cook, you may wish to add up to another cup of water depending on the consistency you prefer your oatmeal to be. Cook for another 10 minutes (total of about 30) until oats are nice and tender.
Spoon out some of the oatmeal into a bowl. Top with a handful of your nuts, chocolate morsels, and 5 or 6 blackberries. Drizzle with agave to taste. All done! Making the oatmeal is the longest part! All you have to do now is heat up your leftover oatmeal throughout the week and throw your topping on. Insta-tasty and hearty breakfast in a flash! Grab and go out the door! Start every day of your work week out right, or just enjoy a hot breakfast at home on the weekends. Regardless, you’ll be content and satisfied. Mhmm…