One of my favorite desserts that we made in pastry school was baklava. Which super surprised me because I am a complete chocoholic. So baklava being one of my favorites is kind of a big deal. I even remember it was one of the very few things that we were allowed to take home, and I feasted on the whole box by myself. Even though I had 5 roommates at the time.
So when I was brainstorming some holiday breakfast foods, I thought of doing a baklava inspired oatmeal. As I have mentioned, I am a big fan of making oatmeal with a dessert theme. Baklava is one of my favorite treats around the holidays. It is really the only time of year I eat it. But I am going to make this whenever I need a fix, it worked out so well!!
I ate some of this with an apple for breakfast, and it was really filling and super satisfying. I almost could have skipped lunch. Almost…
Can we talk about the holidays for a minute? Hubby always gets his shopping done early. He is incredible like that, he even shops for all the kids in the family. I have barely started!! I am feeling like I need to get on it… have you guys done your shopping already? I am also psyched that the 25 days of Christmas is on. I love those movies, especially the super cheesy ones!!!!
Health highlights of walnuts: Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. They have been shown to improve cardiovascular healthy, and are a good source of minerals, plant sterols, and antioxidants. The minerals found in walnuts enhance the antioxidant activity, and plant sterols have been shown to have a positive affect on cholesterol.
- 3 cups Water
- 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
- ¼ cup Pistachios (toasted and shelled)
- ¼ cup Walnuts
- ½ cup Golden Raisins (or any dried fruit you like)
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 pinch Cloves
- Zest ½ Lemon
- Zest ½ Orange
- 1-2 tablespoons Honey (according to your taste)
- Bring the water to a boil in a medium pot
- Add the oats and a lid
- Turn the heat to low and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the oats are tender but chewy
- Stir in the nuts, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, zests, and honey
- Dish up and enjoy!!
What is your favorite Christmas movie?