Would you believe if I told you I've seen $12 bowls of oatmeal?
It is crazy to me how the childhood breakfast I knew and loved so much has become such a trendy thing. People are putting all types of crazy things on their oats and charging insane amounts for trendy bowls. When I was in Copenhagen, I had some AMAZING porridge. There were so many options to top it with, that I got overwhelmed just selected a couple. Porridge was everywhere and topped with everything. My mind has been opened to toppings I had never seen before. Caramel sauce! Tehina! Marshmallows!
Is there a way I can go ham on the toppings and not drive myself insane? Because, knowing me, I would probably add everything.
Lately, I have had porridge on my mind. Especially as the weather gets colder, oatmeal is the only thing my body craves. Today, I thought I’d share some tricks for my method for making the creamiest, dreamiest steel-cut oats at home. Your bowl will taste like a million bucks. Or, at least ten dollars. I’m concerned that my photos don’t do this oatmeal justice (it’s not easy to make porridge look sexy), but trust me here.
Say it with me: oatmeal can be sexy.
Porridge can be looked at as such a boring food, but wow, it’s so not boring. And it’s SO cozy – and perfectly healthy too! Normally cozy and healthy don’t always go together, but well today they do. Yeaaahh.
This bowl has all kinds of Mediterranean flavas going on in here. The orange and the dates combine with the creamy oats to provide a one two punch of deliciousness.
And don't even get me started with this topping! Please, for all that is good in this world, do not leave out the topping. I am obsessed with the way the honey covered nuts combined with the creamy oatmeal. It is actually like you are eating dessert for breakfast, which is my favorite kind of meal. It reminds me of when I went to Israel and had baklava for breakfast. When you are not on vacation, this bowl makes that a little more acceptable.
So go forth! And make dessert for breakfast! And trash up your bowl however you see fit! I love me some berries or orange segments here. Maybe a little coconut whipped cream, if you're feeling fancy. But hey, if you don't feel particularly fancy, that is a OK with me!
15 pistachios, roughly chopped
1/2 tablespoon sliced or chopped almonds
1 teaspoon honey (use agave if vegan)
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1/2 cup almond (or other type of) milk
1 date, chopped
zest from 1/2 orange
1 teaspoon chia seeds
fresh berries or orange segments (I like strawberries or raspberries for this recipe)
cook the oatmeal: in a small pot, combine the oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup water, chopped date, cinnamon and orange zest.. Bring mixture to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook until the oats have cooked down and the mixture is creamy and thickened, approximately 20 minutes.
stir in the salt and the chia seeds. Allow oatmeal to stand 5 minutes to reach a more pallatable temperature
make the baklava topping: in a small bowl, mix together chopped almonds, chopped pistachios, and honey until combined
to assemble: divide oatmeal into bowls. top with baklava topping and other toppings (if desired). EAT.
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