This time of year seems to be busy for many. With the trend of overnight oatmeal all over the net, I have performed my recipe alchemy and devised my own version, a breakfast for those on the go. Today’s Meatless Monday shares this recipe for the ‘ultimate oatmeal’.
- 1/3 cup each of kamut flakes, quinoa flakes, steel-cut oats and rolled oats
- 1 Tablespoon each of ground flaxseed, millet groats
- 2 Tablespoons of buckwheat groats
- a dash of cinnamon
- a pinch of salt
Mix all of the above and store in an air-tight container. In the morning, measure out ¼ cup of the mixture into a thermos. Pour ½ cup boiling hot water on top and seal the lid on the thermos. No need to stir. By the time you get to work/school, your mid-morning breakfast snack is ready. Top with fruit and/or nuts. I prefer the following nutty sweet combo:
- Pour 1 Tablespoon of oil in a pan.
- Combine ¼ cup each chopped pecans and walnuts, ½ Tablespoon of maple syrup, a sprinkle of powdered maple sugar and pinch of salt. Add to pan.
- Over medium-low heat, stir the nut combo for about 5 minutes. When they start to become sticky, they are done. Avoid over heating them. It degrades the healthy oils in the nuts. Let cool, then store in an airtight container.
Tip: The nuts can be pre-soaked. This makes them more digestible but causes them to retain water and soften up. To keep the crunch and remove the excess water, put them in the oven on the lowest temperature setting. Leave them in there about 20 minutes, then turn the oven off and leave the nuts to dry out and cool down.
Option: Add 1 teaspoon of a protein powder of your choice to the oatmeal mix. For extra creaminess, add some coconut milk powder to the mix as well.
Overnight oatmeal is basically oats soaked in a liquid overnight. By morning, they are edible but cold. My alchemy? Keep the same idea but use a thermos and boiling water instead so you can make this meal in a few hours (the time it takes to get up, get ready and commute to work). It will be hot and ready to eat by the time you get to work/school.
And now for something completely different!
Coming in October and November are two Meatless Monday challenges! October will be vegetarian focused while November will be vegan focused. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to go completely Meatless every Monday of the month. You will receive menu planning, meal ideas and recipes along with other helpful tidbits. This challenge is open to all and if you are already meatless, then it will be a breeze! This is just my interactive way to recognize vegetarian and vegan awareness month (October and November respectively). Stay tuned for further details and how to sign up.