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.

Baklava Oatmeal
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Serves: 4
  • 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)
  1. Instructions:
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a medium pot
  3. Add the oats and a lid
  4. Turn the heat to low and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the oats are tender but chewy
  5. Stir in the nuts, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, zests, and honey
  6. Dish up and enjoy!!

 What is your favorite Christmas movie?

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