World’s Best Oatmeal
So, I made a wish this morning at 11:11 and am planning to make another one tonight at the same time. Yes, you still do cute stuff like that at age 33 when you spend most of your day surrounded by bubbly teenagers. You can’t help but borrow some of their sunshine into your life.
While I’m waiting for my (very secret) wish to take its course and perhaps come true, there is something I can make happen right away: a good breakfast. I think I deserve a good bowl of oatmeal this weekend.
This oatmeal borrows the idea of combining prunes, toasted almonds and sesame seeds from a version of this prune tagine, but they have little in common otherwise. The ingredients are bound together with an exotic undercurrent of coconut oil. The result is an exciting bowl of oatmeal with lots of crunch and balanced sweetness.
I used steel cut oats for this recipe. They’re the only kind I like. I have tried hard to like rolled oats but haven’t been able to. I just couldn’t get the texture. I can even say there is a grave lack of compatibility between rolled oats and me. If you belong to the lucky group of people who tolerates them, you could definitely substitute them in this recipe (adjusting cooking time and liquid level).
OATMEAL WITH PRUNES, TOASTED ALMONDS AND SESAME SEEDS RECIPE
Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
For the oats
1 ½ cups water or milk (or a mix)
1/4 cup steel cut oats
¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
For the toppings
8 prunes, pitted and chopped
¼ cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds,
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
Bring water or milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in the oats and salt, reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, 25 minutes.
Toast the almonds and sesame seeds in a small saucepan over medium heat until golden and fragrant. Stir in honey and coconut oil and cook for a few minutes until melted and slightly bubbly.
Place the oatmeal in a serving bowl. Top with the chopped prunes, coconut oil-honey glazed almonds and sesame seeds, and the rest of the melted coconut oil and honey in the pan.
Stir and taste. Sweeten with more honey if you wish. Enjoy!