B is for Breakfast
Making time for breakfast is a challenge in our house.
Grabbing a yogurt with coffee is easy. Add a banana or orange and that's better. But these quick breakfast fixes are not terribly filling. And I like variety in my breakfast options.
A few years ago, a nutritionist gave us a recipe for Almond & Cinnamon Oatmeal. We call it Spackle. More on that name later.
I can make a big pot of this oatmeal and dole it out for a few days. Hot or cold, this breakfast is yummers! And it takes about 10-15 minutes to make. Clean up is also usually pretty straightforward.
Almond & Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup raw gluten free oats
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
- 2 tbsp almond butter OR 1/4 cup ground almonds (or walnuts, pecans, ground shelled hemp seeds if you prefer)
- 1/4 cup alternative milk of choice (almond, coconut, or unsweetened hemp seed milk)
- 1/4 cup of fresh or frozen berries
- Combine the oats, water, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and cook on medium-high. I use my bamboo cooking spoon stirring consistently until the oats and water start to boil. Then I lower the heat to avoid scalding the bottom of the saucepan.
- Once the water has been absorbed, add the almond butter or ground raw nuts of your choice. I've always used almond butter.
- Add milk of your choice and stir thoroughly. I've always used 1% milk even though that changes the dynamics of the nutritional value. Oh well. I don't like the other alternative milks.
- Add berries. I've also used bananas and/or mango. Delicious!
According to the recipe I received, the above proportions should serve one. However, My Person and I usually split the serving.
Sometimes I'll double this recipe on Saturday morning so we have something hearty to eat over the weekend.
Other times, I'll triple this recipe on Sunday night, so we have options during the work week. Spackle makes a great breakfast or snack.
The first time I made this oatmeal, I misread the directions. The oatmeal mixed only with the almond butter created a thick paste. We found our tongues sticking to the roof of our mouths. It still tasted good, but it was not exactly the eating experience we were looking for.
My Person started joking about using it in home improvement projects and named the paste Spackle. The name stuck. Pun intended.
Thankfully, I re-read the directions and realized I left out a step. The milk!
Definitely add milk to create a much creamier oatmeal that you can eat at any time of day.