First things first, this is not really my own recipe, nor is it really a recipe because does oatmeal qualify as one? But it’s a post I’ve been meaning to put up for a while now because someone wise once said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
At our home I make most meals, but Desi zealously keeps charge of breakfast. That’s because he has a Seinfeldian love for cereal, and at any time you can find a dozen different kinds in our pantry. Not cheerios mind you, but healthy ones with words like “multigrain” and “wholegrain” and “bran” in their names
Every morning, or sometimes even in the afternoon if he happened to eat something else for breakfast, Desi will pull out a huge bowl, mix four different kinds of cereal in it (for their different textures), and then chop up a melange of fruit and nuts to add to it.
Over all of that he will pour some vanilla soymilk and then take 15 minutes to enjoy every bite, usually with the morning paper.
It’s something I, as someone who has never fallen in love with cold cereal, simply do not get. Ergo, Desi simply does not trust me to get it right.
But on weekends, oatmeal usually replaces the cereal and that is where I get interested. What’s not to love about oatmeal for breakfast? Kissed with golden maple syrup and crunchy with sunflower seeds, Desi’s healthy and delicious oatmeal is the perfect start to the weekend. It contains 7.5 grams of dietary fiber, about a fourth of your daily requirement, and 6.6 grams of protein, besides a ton of other nutrients like potassium, vitamins, folate, magnesium, manganese, thiamin and zinc. Good stuff.
This recipe makes two Desi-sized servings because he likes his breakfast huge. But about a fourth is just right for me.
(Makes four servings)
1 cup rolled oats (I sometimes use steel-cut oats which are even healthier but they take much longer to cook, about 20 minutes)
1 banana, cut into rings or chopped
6 almonds, minced
6 walnut halves, minced
6 pecan halves, minced
1 brazil nut, minced
2 tbsp dried blueberries
2 dried apricots, minced
1 dried fig, minced
1 dried date, minced
2 prunes, minced
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
1 cup vanilla or plain soymilk
Mix the oatmeal with 2 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes or until very creamy. When the oatmeal has thickened, add the soymilk, stir together and warm through, then turn off the heat.
Divide the oatmeal into two bowls and divide equal amounts of the remaining ingredients between the two bowls. Stir well and eat hot.
You can add or subtract all kinds of goodies from this, based on your taste. Desi also often sprinkles some flaxseed and wheat germ into his oatmeal, and when I have strawberries around I add those because strawberries and oatmeal go so happily together.
(Nutrition facts per serving: Calories 277; Total Fat 8.7 grams (Saturated Fat 1.2 grams, Polyunsaturated Fat 4.3 grams, Monounsaturated Fat 3.1 grams), Cholesterol 0 grams; Carbohydrates 59.9 grams; Dietary Fiber 7.5 grams; Protein 6.6 grams)