I love to eat breakfast in the mornings, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time to prepare, eat, and then clean up breakfast. Some of the best breakfast dishes do require some time and clean-up. Last night I prepared an oatmeal breakfast in advance, so I could truly enjoy and devour it this morning. Believe me, you want this recipe!
We’ve always heard that oatmeal is one of the best breakfast choices we can make. Why is this? Well, oatmeal is packed with fiber to keep you feeling full and satisfied for a longer period of time. Hence- you won’t splurge between breakfast and lunch. Since oatmeal is packed with so much good fiber, it is great for your GI (gastrointestinal) tract. The more fiber, the less likely of a chance to become susceptible to colon cancer, the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.
I truly believe that there would NOT be as many colon cancer cases as there are today if people significantly changed their diet. I understand there isn’t always time to eat healthy and fast food can be more convenient, or eating healthy is more expensive, but let me just stress that your body is 100% worth the investment in living a healthy life, and those health care bills will not be cheap later on. Start by making some simple changes just like this oatmeal that will nourish your body.
You will need:
1 cup steel cut oats
2 cups water
1 cup organic, 2% milk
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp honey
1 tsp real maple syrup
Granola and slivered almonds
The night before, add 1 Tbsp butter or olive oil to a medium-sized pot and then add the steel cut oats and toast over medium heat until you can smell their toasty fragrance. Then, add the 2 cups water and bring to a roiling boil. You should be able to see the oatmeal mixture thickening. Turn the heat down to a simmer, add the 1 cup milk, and allow to simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
Cover the pan, turn the heat off, and go to bed!
The next morning, turn the stove back on to medium heat, add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp ground cinnamon and bring to a low simmer. The mixture should be nice and thick, if it is too thick you may add more milk or water (whichever you prefer). If it isn’t as thick as you would like, let it cook a bit longer uncovered for the extra moisture to evaporate.
Once it’s heated through and at the desired consistency, turn off the heat and ladle into a bowl. Top with honey or maple syrup to add the extra bit of sweetness that it needs. You could even pour a bit of almond milk or vanilla kefir for a creamier sweetness. The options are endless! I topped mine with french almond granola, raspberries, blackberries, and bananas. This is good and good for you!