Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hot Breakfast -- 3 Ways

When we were coming up with recipes, Brittany kept creating delicious hot breakfasts! They are all worth trying, especially with the cold season around the corner!  So a huge thank you goes to Brittany for all these recipes!

With these nutritious oats, you can finally say "yes" to chocolate for breakfast!  While I would not prepare this daily (simply because of the cost), it is a nice treat when we need a break from our standard breakfast routine.

Almond Joy Oatmeal
Serves 4
Serving Suggestions: Top with additional almond milk, and serve with a banana

What you'll need:
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 TBLS packed brown sugar
  • 2 TBLS unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats OR quick oats, just adjust cooking time according to directions
  • 2 TBLS milled flaxseed
  • 2 TBLS unsweetened, shredded coconut (to mix in with the oatmeal) plus more for garnish

What you'll do:

  • Heat almond milk and water in a large sauce pan.  Add salt, sugar, cocoa, and extracts - bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Add oats, flaxseed, and 2 TBLS coconut.  Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  (Note:  watch closely when you first add these ingredients, you may have to periodically remove from heat and blow on it to prevent from bubbling over)
  • Turn off the burner and allow to sit for a few minutes, allowing it to thicken.
  • Divide among 4 bowls and top each serving with an extra pinch of shredded coconut.

Brown rice for breakfast?  You bet!  This porridge is hearty, lightly sweetened, and adds a nice spin on the typical hot cereal breakfast.  This is a great way to use up any leftover rice.

Brown Rice Porridge
Serves 6
Serving Suggestions: Eat with a banana, and top cereal with additional milk, if desired.

What you'll need:
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups plain almond milk*
  • 2 1/2 TBLS maple syrup OR packed brown sugar OR 2 TBLS honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almonds, slivered, sliced, or chopped
  • 1 cup chopped apple OR 1/2 cup craisins OR raisins

What you'll do:
  • Combine rice with cinnamon in a large saucepan.  Add milk, stir, and set heat on medium-high.  
  • As the rice and milk heat up, add remaining ingredients (except fruit), stir, and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Add fruit, stir, and reduce heat to medium-low.  Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.  The porridge will thicken as it cools.

*Note:  I've tried dairy milk in this recipe, and have found that it just doesn't come out the same!  Milk scalds easily, and the cinnamon & sugar have to be adjusted for it to taste decent (cinnamon decreased, sugar increased).

This is a quick and easy breakfast recipe that requires no chopping!  It is the one I turn to on those hurried mornings when we are out of Cheerios and I don't have much time to fix breakfast.  

Super Easy Craisin Oatmeal
serves 4
Serving Suggestions: Top this off with your favorite milk or non-dairy milk, have a handful of almonds on the side for a little extra protein

What you'll need:
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 TBLS packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Craisins (or other dried, sweetened cranberries)
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 TBLS flaxseed meal
  • 2 TBLS unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

What you'll do:

  • In a 2 quart saucepan, bring water to a boil.  Add salt, brown sugar, and craisins while you wait.
  • Reduce heat to medium.  Stir in oats, flaxseed meal, and coconut (if using).  Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes - it will thicken as it cools.

    For another amazing breakfast, head on over to Plant-Powered Kitchen and try her Banana Maple Muffins.

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