How I Start the Day Oatmeal

By • February 12, 2010 1 Comments

Author Notes: I first started experimenting with oatmeal when I dabbled in a 30-day vegan diet two years ago. My originating inspiration was from a restaurant at Pike Place Market in Seattle where one can order up a yummy bowl of oatmeal topped with apples and cashews. This is my latest and most favorite incarnation of this breakfast of champions. Beetsauce


Serves 2 healthy bowls

  • 1 cup rolled oats, organic if possible
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup date pieces
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons coconut flakes, organic if possible
  • pinches of kosher salt
  • Toasted nuts, as much as you like of cashews, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds – use all some or none
  • Brown sugar, to taste
  • Milk, or non-dairy milk
  1. Combine oats, water, dates, flax, coconut and salt in a heavy-bottomed pan (1 quart). Set aside.
  2. Chop up nuts into smaller pieces and toast over medium heat. Stir regularly and watch closely so they toast evenly. 5 minutes. Remove from heat. (I like to make myself a cappuccino while the nuts are roasting).
  3. Place pan on medium low heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook until oatmeal starts to stick to the bottom of the pan, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or so.
  4. Remove from heat and let sit a minute or two.
  5. Place in your favorite bowls. Add brown sugar, milk and top with nuts. Eat with your favorite spoon

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