Food, Planning

Morning Glory Oatmeal: It’s Like a Hug From Your Mom

March 4, 2015

Oh my, oh my. I’m pretty sure that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Considering the atrocious hour that I generally wake up and leave my house by, a bacon/egg/pancake breakfast is simply not in the cards.

Like most folks, I need simple, nutritious–and most importantly– delicious breakfast things that I can grab on my way out the door.

If you’re with me in the battle for breakfast– boy, do I have a good one for ya: Make Ahead Morning Glory Oatmeal!

It’s the oatmeal version of traditional Morning Glory Muffins– which my mom used to make and I have great memories of splitting a hot muffin open and slathering it with warm butter. 

This oatmeal is cinnamon-y, citrus-y, carrot-y, and filling! I made a huge pot of it at the beginning of the week and have enjoyed heating a container of it and eating it in the car on the way to work on these recent cold mornings! (I adapted this from another recipe but added things like orange zest and ginger to make it my own!)

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INGREDIENTS
3 cups water
1 cup coconut/almond/regular milk 
1 cup steel-cut oats (I like the gluten-free kind!)
1 cup grated carrots (about 2 large carrots or buy a bag of shredded carrots)
⅔ cup Craisins (which I like more than raisins!)
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon Allspice
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes 
1½ tablespoon grated orange zest (this was roughly 1 orange for me)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey or molasses or brown sugar)

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INSTRUCTIONS:
In a stovetop pot, bring the water and milk to a boil. Stir in the oats, carrots, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Bring the mixture back to boil, then decrease the heat to low and partially cover the pot.

Cook the oatmeal mixture, without stirring, until it begins to thicken and the oats are soft yet chewy. 

Remove from heat and stir in the coconut flakes, orange zest and vanilla. Add maple syrup (or other sweetener), to taste. 

I divide my pot of Morning Glory Oatmeal up into containers of 3/4 cup servings. 

On way way out the door in the morning, after I heat the container in the microwave, I sprinkle a little extra coconut on top and add some nuts and a little more almond milk and a scoop of SFH Vanilla Pure Protein.  You can do the same or swirl in some yogurt, chia seeds, apple or banana slices- the options are endless!

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There’s something about this mix of flavors and warm, gooeyness that makes me feel like my mom made it with an extra cup of love and a big ‘ole hug. 

I’ll take some extra love and a big hug (especially from my mom!) to start my day any day!

Try it and let me know what you think!

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