Vanilla Blueberry Fig Oatmeal 2

I have smoothies for breakfast a lot.  Like, for the most part I have a smoothie every morning.  Always.  But I realized I haven’t been showing the love to oatmeal.  And oatmeal deserves some love!

Last Saturday I was like “let’s do something crazy for breakfast! its the weekend!!”  In my head I was picturing hopping on the next flight to Disney so I could eat my beloved Mickey waffles.  But once I snapped back to reality I remembered how delicious steel cut oatmeal is.

I know I get all weird and excited when I describe food.  But let’s go with it because I can’t help myself.  Steel cut oatmeal is amazingly satisfying.  The oats have a wonderful chew when they cook down, and the liquid develops a natural custard-like texture.  I feel like divine is a very appropriate adjective for it.  It makes breakfast feel fancy to me.  It may even be better then a Mickey waffle… Which is a really big deal.

Vanilla Blueberry Fig Oatmeal 4

After I sat and enjoyed the bowl of oatmeal and remembered how amazing it was, I was in love all over again.  But since I am not one of those people that wakes with ease in the morning and has more time then I know what to do with (I am more of the roll out of bed and rush around variety) I often don’t have more then a few minutes to throw ingredients into a blender and press “on”.  In fact, I have had many-a-morning when I was still in sleepy brain mode, and didn’t have the lid on the blender before I went to the turn the blender on step.  Let’s just say there is still a faintly blue hue on the ceiling from where the smoothie shot straight up one morning.

Vanilla Blueberry Fig Oatmeal 1

Anyway! I realized that this is the perfect summer dish because it is amazing cold.  And it is so good, and decadent seeming that it’s amazing as breakfast or dessert.  I know because I have had it for both.  Move over rice pudding, this steel cut oatmeal is going to steal the spotlight!!  Just cook it up when you have the time, and stash it in the fridge for breakfast or dessert whenever you want it!!  I think you are going to be as hooked as I am.  And since I am currently off dairy, this oatmeal nice and chilled right out of the fridge is the perfect stand-in for ice cream.

Health highlight of oats:  Oats are packed with fiber and antioxidants, and can help reduce your cholesterol (from all that soluble fiber).  Oats have also been shown to help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, and help stabilize blood sugar.  They have been shown to protect your heart, and contain a lot of great vitamins and minerals.  Oats are a great source of manganese which serves several important functions in your body including protection from free radical damage.

Vanilla Blueberry Fig Oatmeal 3

Vanilla Oatmeal with Blueberries and Figs
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Serves: 2
 
Great warm or cold, but it tastes remarkably like rice pudding cold. And also makes for a super easy breakfast that you can make in advance!
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot add the almond milk and steel cut oats
  2. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise
  3. Use the back of the knife or a spoon to scrape out all the sticky gooey seedy stuff in the middle
  4. Add the seedy goo to the pot with the steel cut oats
  5. Now add both halves of the vanilla bean to the pot, as well as the cinnamon
  6. Put the pot on medium high heat and give it a stir
  7. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and place a lid on the pot
  8. Continue to cook on low, stirring once in a while to make sure the oatmeal doesn’t stick to the bottom, for about 30 minutes
  9. Once the oatmeal is done it will have a little chew to it but shouldn’t be too hard
For warm oatmeal
  1. Stir the blueberries and figs into the warm oatmeal
  2. Add maple syrup to taste and serve!
For rice pudding like cold oatmeal
  1. Allow the oatmeal to cool
  2. Stir the blueberries and figs into the cooled oatmeal
  3. Stir in maple to taste
  4. Store in the fridge until ready to eat, it will last about 4 days in the fridge.
Notes
If you don’t have vanilla beans (there is a link to buy them online above) you can sub them for 1 teaspoon of good vanilla extract. Add it at the end of the cooking of the oats.

 

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