Ask my husband: I love breakfast. The thought of a steaming cup of coffee and a sweet breakfast gets me out of bed and in the kitchen every morning. Even during my “summer hours”, I’m awake at 7am, putting on the Today show in the background, and milling about the kitchen boiling water for my coffee, and recently, for my PB and J in a bowl – you’re curious, aren’t you?
While I do love breakfast, I don’t love *big* breakfasts. I’ll have a yogurt and a piece of fruit, but recently, I’ve been trying something new. I’ve been making this breakfast bowl for myself in the morning in an effort to start my day with not only a healthy breakfast, but a filling one that will hold me over until at LEAST 10am 😉 I packed this breakfast with those weird looking grains that are hard to find and supposedly healthy for you as well as some almond butter and berries. And ok- I lied. It’s homemade almond butter, not peanut butter, but when I run out of my almond butter, I’ll throw in some PB instead. Ok I said it- happy now?
Why do I love this? It is so satisfying, tasty but not too sweet, and it DOES keep you full for longer. As a runner (well….not recently because I don’t feel like dying of heat stroke, but anyways), I am a big fan of pairing carbs with protein in the morning, which (warning: nerd moment ahead) gives you plenty of energy, but by adding protein, your body processes the carbs more slowly, and this little invention does just that. It is also full of fiber, healthy fats and oils, and antioxidants, so you can start your day guilt-free and happy that you are being nice to your body.
The recipe is simple: mix together the oats, flax seed, oatbran, cinnamon, and a touch of salt. Add about 1/2-1cup boiling water and let it sit for a few minutes. You can substitute milk for the water and you can add more if you like your oatmeal “soupy”- I don’t. Once the liquid has been mostly absorbed, add the honey, almond butter, and berries and stir it all up! The almond butter will melt quickly in the hot oatmeal, creating a gooey creamy texture that is oh so yummy in the morning while you snuggle on the couch and watch repetitive news stories on tv.
Some ideas if you are in a rush in the morning. Make a big batch of mixed oats, flax seed, oat bran, and cinnamon so you can just scoop some out rather than mixing them together each morning. Also, I’ve made this in the morning and put it in the fridge for later- makes a great afternoon snack, especially if you refresh it with some milk or yogurt once it’s cooled down.
Now- off to shop for curtains online. Our brown velvet curtains that we inherited from the previous owners (3 years ago…woops) are making this room feel like 90F just by looking at them. Bye!