I'm about to bring a total game changer to breakfast. It's called the toasted oat.
As a kid, the only type of oatmeal I knew was those Quaker instant oatmeal packets. You know, the ones that you add water to and it magically became a delicious lump of sugar. And I was addicted to those little guys. I was kind of a wierdo though because I did not actually eat those for breakfast. See, as a kid (and I'm sorry if I mentioned this before) I usually did not eat breakfast "things" for breakfast. I had a really intense aversion to eggs, partially because of the curdled mess of microwave eggs at summer camp. And runny yolks in general freaked me out after watching the 1950's style videos about salmonella and the bug of a germ slowing crawling inside of you and eating out your insides. This fact still puzzles me because I had an absolute ADDICTION to brownie batter.
Clearly I was not logical child.
Ok other breakfast foods. Pancakes were delicious, but, as stated before, the only pancakes I liked were my dads. And cold cereal was, well, a soggy sad mess after 1.5 seconds of perfection. Breakfast was usually a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which I guess is sort of normal, rice with veggies, which is normal is Asia, or leftover baked ziti, which is probably normal in Brooklyn although I cannot confirm or deny that fact. Actually. let's be real, the national breakfast of Brooklyn is a corned beef sandwich on rye.
Anyways, the only time I ate those instant oatmeal packets was not for breakfast, but for dessert. Trust me, you have never LIVED if you haven't eaten apple cinnamon Quaker oatmeal with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. It is heaven, especially when you get your saucy toppings on like I do. Does anyone remember the caramel sauce in a bottle? That was also heaven. On a side note, did anyone besides me drizzle the caramel sauce directly into their mouth to save time/take a sugar hit?
No just me?
I would kill for those packets. I would hoard them because, like any other money concerned mother, my mom would buy my siblings and I the variety pack of instant Quaker, which included maple brown sugar and cinnamon spice. Of course my sister would only eat the maple brown sugar, which always left poor cinnamon spice out to dry. And, I don't know about you, but it was SUCH a torture to finish the old oatmeal packets that you did not like so you could buy a new box! So, when my mom bought a new box, I would save some apple cinnamon to help me get through the torture that was cinnamon spice. I'm so sorry to those who loved that flavor, but the 10 year old me was not a rational being by ANY stretch.
Anyways, this oatmeal bowl you will actually WANT to hoard all for yourself. Oats are toasted in coconut oil and then left to simmer in a blend of milk and earl grey tea. Because obviously I wanted to make this SUPER fancy for you guys. When you eat a fancy breakfast you are TREATING YOUR SELF! You feel as though you can take on the day! And we all need to be treated once in a while. Oatmeal cooked this way is a lot more chewy, which is a nice change up from the porridge like texture I am used to. If you thought you did not like oatmeal before, you HAVE to try this out. Top it with whatever you like, but, let me tell you, dear friends, the yogurt in this is DIVINE. I'm all about the hot and cold, so please, for my sake, add a dollop.
Earl Grey Toasted Oatmeal Bowl
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