Recipe: Toasted Oatmeal & Berries

Last night, one of my girlfriends accused me of being the kind of person who picks out outfits on Sunday for the rest of the week. I just kind of pretended like I didn’t hear her and motioned to the bartender that I needed more wine urgently, but, yeah, I totally do that. You were right, Mattie.

In the same vein, I also make a ton of food once or twice a week and then parcel it out to myself every day. I’m a big believer in the power of breakfast, so I make myself something nice each morning. Well, more accurately, I make myself something nice once and then warm it up for five or six mornings after that.

Behold: steel cut oatmeal.

I know, isn't oatmeal so homey/homely?
I know, isn’t oatmeal so homey/homely?

This takes 20 minutes and is tasty, inexpensive, filling, healthy, and vegan. After the jump, I’ll give you the guidelines!

I kind of like this tablecloth. I pretend like I'm in an Italian restaurant in the Sopranos.
I kind of like this tablecloth. I pretend like I’m in an Italian restaurant in the Sopranos.

Gather the following:

1 cup steel cut oats

1/4 cup of dried cranberries, plumped (I tossed mine in water last night and they looked good today)

1/4 cup raspberries (frozen is fine!)

about a handful of hazelnuts, pecans, or walnuts (optional)

salt, to taste

a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar

3 cups of water, plus or minus a bit

maple syrup for drizzling

Get a large saucepan or saute pan and put it on the stove over medium heat. Pour the oatmeal and the very optional nuts in and gently toast for about 3 minutes. Everything will get nutty-smelling and you’ll like it.

There is no word to describe how tasty this smells. NUTACULAR.
There is no word to describe how tasty this smells. NUTACULAR.

Now, dump in the fruit, brown sugar, and salt and mix everything about a little so everything is evenly distributed.

Fancy!
Fancy!

Pour in the water and let it simmer for about thirty minutes. If you haven’t ever made steel-cut oats before, you are going to think this is a lot too much water, but you’re wrong, I promise! Don’t worry. Everything will become a porridge in about a half hour and it’ll be fine.

Looks like oatsoup, but it DOES shape up nicely. Promise!
Looks like oatsoup, but it DOES shape up nicely. Promise!

When it all holds together, portion it out into four bowls and drizzle just a little maple syrup on top.

Any quick and good breakfast recipes for sharing? Let me know!

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