Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Today Steve and I bought our gifts for each other at Lululemon. I am super excited about my pima cotton shirts to wear at the bakery. It’s really hard not to look like a flour-coated zombie at 5 AM, so having something to wear that is both functional and nice-looking is much appreciated! Incidentally, it appears WordPress emailed that link to all my subscribers for some unknown reason. I’m sorry for the spam!
A couple evenings ago, I made the most ridiculous oatmeal. While it’s not low-fat, it’s a great dessert-y breakfast for a special occasion, or for any day that needs a good dose of maple and cinnamon infused goodness. What’s even better is that you can do all the work the night before, and roll out of bed just in time to luxuriate in what is probably my favorite bowl of oats yet. If you don’t have a slow cooker, or crockpot as we say in the South, using the stove top would work just fine. Just so you know, steel cuts oats do take about four times longer to cook on the stove than rolled oats, but I think the texture is well-worth the wait!
Ridiculous Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Inspired by Oh She Glows
Serves 2-3 Hungry Oatmeal Enthusiasts
- 1 c steel cut oats
- 1/2 c golden raisins
- 2-3 grated carrots
- 1 15 oz can coconut milk (I used full fat)
- 1-2 c water (depending on how thick or runny you like your oatmeal)
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 vanilla bean, plus the seeds scraped out
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- pinch allspice
- pinch cloves
- pinch Celtic sea salt
- chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts, to your degree of nutty-ness
The night before, place all ingredients except for the chopped nuts in a slow cooker set on low. Go to bed, then wake up to glorious creamy oats. Remove cinnamon stick and vanilla bean. Serve with chopped nuts or any extras you desire-perhaps a splash of almond milk to cool it down.
P.S., I have a new exciting camera that I will be figuring out in the next weeks/months/years. I can’t wait. Thanks, Dad!