Friday, October 11, 2013

fit food: oatmeal with berries and nuts

I was not a fan of oatmeal growing up.  Sure I would go through stages eating Apples & Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal from time to time, but "regular" oatmeal was not a friend of mine.  I have to blame myself, I would drag my feet in the morning to eat it, so it would be cold and pasty, bleh...well, with a little inspiration from Starbucks, I am now an oatmeal lovah!
T's Oatmeal with Berries and Nuts
1/8 C steel cut oats
3-1/8 C amounts of old fashioned oatmeal
(A total of 1/2 C oatmeal)
1/4 C frozen blueberries
1/2 C hot water
1/8 C dried cranberries
1/8 C walnuts
2 T brown sugar
Place the oatmeal and blueberries in a bowl, preferably one with a lid.  Add the hot water and set timer for five minutes.  After three minutes, add the remaining ingredients, put the lid back on for the last two minutes.  Stir.  I also add a splash of cream.
If you are familiar with steel cut oats, you know they cook for about 25-30 minutes, not exactly conducive to a quick breakfast.  By only cooking for five minutes, they add a fun chewy texture.  You may want to adjust the water, depending on how thick you like your oatmeal, I like mine thick, so even a little less than 1/2 C works due to a little moisture coming from the frozen blueberries.

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