Breakfast waiting for you when you wake up. That is dream I have every night when I am sleeping. Me, dream about food.. never!
A breakfast made out of wholesome steel cut oats slowing cooking away all night long with cinnamon, brown sugar and cloves layered with some chopped peaches and blueberries.
A breakfast where the night before, after you probably had a little too much wine, you toss a couple of items together in your crock pot and turn it on. Don't be worried that the smell of these fragrent ingredients will wake you up from your deep sleep, haunting you with the promise of tomorrows breakfast.
Sorry, it wont happen.
The delicious smell gets contained under the crock pot lid until you waddle into the kitchen with your baby, still sleepy eyed and badly needing a stronger then strong cup of coffee, and lift the lid. That is when it happens -all the magic.
A powerful smell of roasted cinnamon hits you a thousand air kisses and and wraps its arms around you like a warm comfy blanket.
Proud, that you worked that hard [well you can at least tell people you worked hard] and actually planned ahead to have something for you and your family before the house is even awake. Be proud, you did it.
It might even feel so nice that you won't even notice when your wee little one is aggressively and repeatedly yanking on your robe trying to get you to feed them.
Hang on to those feeling, if only for a few seconds.
Peach + Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal
Loosely adapted from this recipe.
This is a very forgiving recipe so feel free to mix it up with the different fruit and spices you use. Also, this recipe makes a ton of oatmeal, so you can either freeze some for breakfasts during the week or cut the recipe in half. I was a little unprepared for the mass quantity it was going to make, but I really enjoyed the leftovers for the rest of the week.
3 cups of organic steel cut oats
1/4 cup ground flax seeds (optional)
1/4 cup ground almonds (optional)
8 cups water or milk (I used 4 cups water and 4 cups organic 2% milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt (optional)
2 cups frozen peaches
2 cups frozen blueberries (any combination of fresh or frozen fruit would work well)
Spray your crock pot or brush with olive oil. This is very important, because your oatmeal will stick to it. Not lying. This causing you to spend a long time standing at the sink scrubbing your crock pot. No fun.
If you want smaller chunks of fruit, put frozen peaches and blueberries into food processor and pulse until you reach desired chunkiness. If you babes doesn't mind bigger pieces, then skip this step.
Combines all ingredients into crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours.
Serve with whatever toppings make you happy. I go for some extra cinnamon, a handful of fruit and a splash of milk. Other good options are some raisins, butter, brown sugar, toasted coconut, nuts, etc.
This version is great for babies 12+ months. If you want to serve this to a younger baby take the desired portion and puree in food processor or blender. The oatmeal will be thick. Slowing pour in some additional milk or water until you are satisfied with the consistency.
Leftovers will last 3 days in your fridge or 2 months in your freezer.