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Oatmeal with Sautéed Apple & Plum

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I have a confession to make – I’m in love with breakfast. Lately… it’s been oatmeal. I’ve gone the lazy route and used instant microwave oats (I know, shame on me) but I can’t be bothered to sit and wait for steel cut oats. Although – there are now instant steel cut oat packets and the ingredients are just steel cut oats! (If anyone has the scoop on this – please indulge me).

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To compensate for the instant-oatage, I sauteed some apple and plum to top it off. It was a thing of beauty… that I will repeat tomorrow… and the next day…

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1 Packet Instant Oats (or steel cut, whatever you prefer)
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp maple syrup
1/2 an Apple, cut into thin slices
1 Plum, cut into thin slices
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp lemon juice
plum jam, almonds, chia seeds & maple syrup (for topping)

1. In a small frying pan, melt coconut oil and sauté apple and plum slices until tender. Add lemon juice, ground ginger and cinnamon.
2. Prepare oats as directed on package. Stir in almond butter and maple syrup.
3. Top oatmeal with sauteed apples and plums, whole almond, plum jam, chia seeds and additional maple syrup.
4. Have an oatgasm.

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Honey Harvest Breakfast Quinoa

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The warm, fuzzy feeling in your stomach, and the first bite after a long nights sleep. Energizing spoonfuls that wrap your tastebuds in an ever satisfying flavour. Something hearty to accompany your cup of steaming, hot tea. The best part of your morning. Breakfast.

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Well, at least that is how I feel about the most precious meal of the day. Without breakfast, I would be an empty gas tank. An engine waiting to be revved up, but to no avail. When I fall asleep each night, I am already thinking about what I’m going to make for breakfast the following morning (as well as what I’m going to wear… does anyone else do this?? Stupid brain).

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After many mornings of various fruit smoothies, I just want something sweet, warm, and nutty to start my day off. Since I no longer eat oats, quinoa seems like the perfect compromise for that versatile, flavourful, nutrient packed breakfast alternative. All I had on hand was red quinoa, which has a slightly more nutty, earthy flavour than white quinoa (which would have been ideal). Closely followed by dried cranberries, buttery toasted pecans, and apple chunks, I was more than satisfied by the end of this.

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This breakfast takes a little longer if you’re in a rush in the morning, maybe save it for a lazy Sunday morning. The recipe serves two (I eat one serving and save the other for breakfast the next day). You could also prepare this the night before to have it ready to go the following morning.

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Ingredients: 
2/3 cup quinoa
1 1/3 cup water
1/2 an apple, cut into chunks
1/8 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more for topping
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp almond butter

Method: 
1. In a dry skillet, toast the pecans over medium high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Let cool, roughly chop.
2. In a saucepan over high heat, bring the quinoa and water to a boil. Once boiling, cover & reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Add the apple chunks and cranberries, reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or so. Until all the water has been absorbed.
4. When the quinoa is cooked, add almond milk, honey, cinnamon, and almond butter. Stir to combine and heat through.
5. Divide into two bowls, top with pecans and almond milk.

Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

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DSC_0027There are only so many days I can have the standard oatmeal: raisins, brown sugar. I eventually start scouring the internet for other people who have discovered new and interesting ways to make their oats. There is no reason why we need to fall into this ideology that oatmeal can’t be awesome. Which it totally can. Why not mix the desire for a warm and steamy breakfast in the cold winter months, with your average, boring old oats?

Baked oatmeal is seriously satisfying, but just as healthy as having your oatmeal the regular way (only this way it gets golden and steamy and even better). A crisp, golden edge forms while it bakes, and the smell that will fill your house is insane. It doesn’t quite meet up to the freshly baked cookie smell, but yah know. It still smells pretty darn amazing.

DSC_0028The apples stayed the perfect texture as well. Still somewhat firm, and sweet (apples sometimes lose the flavor and turn to mush. We DO NOT want that), while the cranberry lends a tartness that pairs perfectly. Combined with a nice hot cup of tea (or coffee) and a relaxed morning in your jim-jams to savor each bite and take a mental trip away from the January frost, you can’t go wrong.

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Recipe from Jelly Toast
Serves 4-6 people

1 cup rolled oats
1/8 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1 cup almond milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 large apple, cubed
Brown sugar for topping
Honey for topping

1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Spray baking dish with PAM. You can use whatever size you want.
3. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, flax seeds, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together honey, milk, egg, and vanilla. Pour milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon, making sure all of the ingredients are evenly mixed. Fold in the cranberries and apples.
5. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar.
6. Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes, or until the oatmeal is golden brown.
*Serve with a generous amount of honey.

Apple Spice Oatmeal

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I think it’s fair to say that fall is here! The weather cooled down, pumpkin everything popping up on every food website. Apple this, apple that, spiced this, spiced that. What is there not to love? I have to admit that the fall/wintertime has to be my favorite time of year. All the food is comforting, a hot cup of tea feels 5384958439 times more amazing than it did before, going out for a walk everyone is smiling and happy. Everything is just better…and I don’t care who doesn’t agree!

For people who just grab a piece of fruit for breakfast and don’t even think about it, shame on you! Breakfast is the way to change your whole mood around about having to wake up early on a Monday morning! You can even use instant oats! So it’s just that quick and delicious to bring a warm bowl of autumn into your morning routine, not to mention how healthy and nutrition packed it is (I know you want to).

With just enough sweetness and tang, this oatmeal is a definite pleaser for those chilly mornings ahead. You can also make 2 servings, and refrigerate one so that you have breakfast (or a snack) for the following morning.

Makes 2 servings

1/4 cup walnut halves
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup plain instant oats
pinch of salt
1/4 cup raisins
1 medium red apple, chopped into small chunks
1 tbsp firmly packed dark brown sugar
pinch of nutmeg
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 cup non fat milk (or almond milk)

1. Lightly toast walnut halves until fragrant and browning, allow to cool, then coarsely chop.
2. In a small saucepan, bring water, oats, salt, raisins, and apples to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer until all the water is absorbed into the oats (a few minutes).
3. Take off the heat, stir in vanilla, nutmeg, and brown sugar.
4. Divide into serving bowls, pour 1/4 cup milk on each and sprinkle with toasted walnuts and cinnamon.