There is nothing that sounds more lovely on a rainy Saturday morning than some soft, warm oatmeal to get your day started right. This morning when I woke up and heard the rain, I knew a bowl of oatmeal was in order and this is one of my favorite ways to make it. I snuggled under my polar fleece blanket while I slowly nibbled on my Toasted Nut + Strawberry Oatmeal, thinking about all of the people running races for the Twin Cities Marathon this weekend and not envying them one bit.
Shoutout to all of the race participants, though. Ya’ll are legit!
So you can put so many different toppings in oatmeal and it will be amazing every time. I’ve heard of oatmeal burn-out where people eat oatmeal so much that they literally cannot eat it any longer. Don’t think that’s happening to me anytime soon
A couple of my favorite tips about oatmeal…
1.) I always like to cook it with half water and half almond milk… it’s just creamier that way.
2.) Sometimes I add a drop of flavor extract to make things a bit more interesting. My favorites are vanilla, almond and maple extracts.
3.) Stirring in fresh chopped fruit while the oatmeal is still warm keeps the volume but cooks the fruit a little bit too, making it a ridiculously juicy experience.
4.) Adding a splash of cold milk on top before you eat it will cool it down just enough so you can eat the oatmeal without getting burned. No one likes a burnt tongue!
What will you need?
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup milk (cow, almond, soy, flax, hemp, etc.)
1/2 cup raw nut mixture (I used pecans, walnuts and cashews) (roasted with a pinch of brown sugar + kosher salt, then chopped)
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
2 drops almond extract
1 tbsp raw honey
Optional: Additional milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds
How do you make it?
1. On a small baking sheet, sprinkle some brown sugar and kosher salt on your nut mixture and toast in the oven at 350 degrees for only a few minutes. Watch to make sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and finely chop, then set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine oats, water and milk and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook for only a few minutes until the oats are done. Remove from heat and stir in your fresh fruit. Add in about 3/4 of the chopped nuts and stir to combine.
3.) Add the oatmeal to a bowl, sprinkle on any remaining nuts or seeds and drizzle with honey. You can add a splash of cold milk if you want to eat it right away. Otherwise, nibble slowly so you don’t burn your mouth.
This looks a lot better than a bowl of cold cereal, am I right? Happy weekend, everyone! I hope you all have some fun plans!