I love almonds. They’re great to snack on, but mostly, I love almond as a flavor. Almond cupcakes, almond cookies, chicken almondine, almond butter…I could go on and on.
I also love oatmeal. Not the quick cooking, microwave type of oatmeal. I love hearty, creamy, chewy steel cut oats. If you’ve never tried steel cut oats you are in for a treat. I’ve combined my favorite oatmeal with my favorite flavor to make my (now) favorite breakfast.
This oatmeal takes time to make, so I like to make at least 2 batches to last through the week. Each batch makes 4 servings. I pack them individually in microwave safe containers and reheat a portion in the morning. If the oatmeal is too thick, stir in a little milk to loosen the consistency.
I know what you’re thinking…oatmeal everyday gets a little boring. Oh no my friend, there are toppings. Lots and lots of toppings, so every bowl of oatmeal can be different. For example, fresh fruit. Peaches, blue berries, bananas…you get the idea. Garrett likes coconut with chocolate chips in his almond oatmeal. Technically this is a candy bar in a bowl, but much more healthy. There’s also peanut butter, dried fruits, nuts, brown sugar, granola and many other options you probably have sitting in your pantry. Get creative. You will be full and satisfied, but not disappointed.
|Creamy Almond Milk Oatmeal||
- 1 c steel cut oats
- 1 32 oz container plain almond milk (4 cups)
- a pinch of salt
- 1/2 t almond extract
- 2 T light brown sugar
- In a medium, non stick saucepan, combine the oats and almond milk.
- Add a pinch of salt and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Once boiling, lower the heat to simmer and continue cooking, uncovered, for 12 minutes.
- Add the almond extract and brown sugar. Simmer for 5 more minutes.
- Place in a bowl and enjoy with your favorite toppings.
The flavor of this oatmeal can easily be changed from almond to vanilla with the one to one substitution of vanilla soy milk. Replace the 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and only add 1 T of light brown sugar since vanilla soy milk is much sweeter then plain almond milk.