Would you believe it if I told you I use to HATE breakfast?
It's crazy to think that my now favorite meal of the day (in fact, I frequently eat it for SEVERAL meals) was something as a kid I absolutely dreaded. I didn't really like cereal or bacon. I never reached for waffles or pancakes. I actually had a phobia of eggs. From the time I was six years old, I wouldn't even touch them if presented to me. Something that had to do with camp eggs and the pool of water they resided in. Definitely not normal.
Thankfully, drunken college nights helped to resolve that fear.
For six year old Sarah, my favorite breakfast actually consisted of leftovers or copious amounts of goldfish crackers. I was a notorious scavenger in the refrigerator, looking for goodies that could somehow double as breakfast. Rice with soy sauce (which I still do eat for breakfast topped with an egg of course), leftover pizza, and soup were some of my favorites. I actually loved going on a cruise because breakfast could be as easy as going to the Asian breakfast section. I would stuff my face full of miso soup and scallion pancakes. Twas the life. So how did I become a self proclaimed breakfast lover? I think strangely enough my college's dining halls encouraged my obsession with oats and oatmeal. I used to hate that oatmeal was super gummy or super mushy. It wasn't until I had steel cut oatmeal that my mind was forever changed.
This breakfast is definitely my newest addiction. How one becomes addicted to a certain breakfast, I have no idea. I guess because breakfast is the meal you are most likely to act like a zombie when you eat, people just don't feel like changing it up. However, i urge you to mix it up. It is so delicious, I don't even know how to describe it. Pumpkin oatmeal usually has a problem of tasting bland. However, by sauteing the pumpkin first, you allow all the flavors to develop and knock out a one two punch on your morning. You wouldn't believe coconut and pumpkin would pair so well together, but I am a big dreamer and, somehow, a lack of almond milk one morning caused me to realize the wonder that is cooking oats in coconut water. I top this bad boy will ALL of the seeds (cause I'm a seeds girl. What can I say?) And if you are worried you will act like a zombie the next morning and fall into that breakfast rut, this is the perfect breakfast to make ahead of time and keep in your fridge. Steel cut oats reheat PERFECTLY with just a touch of milk. It is my new favorite breakfast
Coconut and Caramelized Pumpkin Oatmeal
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