Thursday, November 21, 2013

It's Cold Out, Let's Get Toasty!....Toasted Coconut and Oats-Oatmeal

Ahhh yes, how I have NOT missed Chicago mornings in late November!  It is one of those mornings where it is hard to get out of bed.  Oh how I love to cuddle my two loves under the covers on a chilly morning....And oh, how I wish these hardwood floors were heated!

But, no worries!  I know how to inspire myself and venture out into the chilly family room and kitchen.... A steaming, fragrant pot of coffee and a warming, toasted oatmeal will make a great start to a chilly day.

Toasted Coconut and Oats-Oatmeal

 Let's not kid ourselves, we are not reinventing the wheel here....we are just having a little fun with the wheel and seeing if it will spin the same way.  Guess what?  We just put some 24 inch rims on that wheel and we are cruising down breakfast alley.  (yeah I did it, I went there).

Ingredients/Directions: (yields 2-3 servings)
1.5 c rolled oats
1/4 c shredded coconut
1/4 c dried cranberries
3 c almond milk
1/4 c walnuts (optional)
2-3 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup

In a pot, toast oats and coconut on medium heat for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently.  Once they have that "nutty" scent, add in almond milk and stir.  Let cook on low-medium for about 5 minutes.  Add in walnuts, cranberries and nectar or syrup.  Delicious and heart warming!

Optional:  if you want to plump up your cranberries, boiling them in water for about 5-10 minutes.  

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