I think I’ve mentioned once (or a hundred times) that I love breakfast. LOVE breakfast. Unfortunately, I live in a home with non-breakfast eaters. Sweet Pea used to love breakfast, but lately it’s been dry cereal in a bowl with a glass of soy milk. Having dairy and egg allergies in the house also make breakfast a challenge, since I can’t whip up some scrambled eggs and toast on a busy morning. We now have a waffle iron, so I’ve been scoping out various vegan waffle recipes on the internet. We haven’t been successful yet finding a recipe that mimics the fluffy inside and crunchy outside that we love in a waffle. But I have high hopes!
Mmm…waffles…but I digress. Even though I have two non-breakfast eaters, I can usually convince them to eat oatmeal. Pancakes and waffles take time and mess up the kitchen, while oatmeal takes one pot and is ready in less than 15 minutes. I used to stir brown sugar, cinnamon, and craisins into our oatmeal until I found out that craisins contain sunflower oil (who would have guessed that?!?). So we put the kibosh on that and I’ve been experimenting with other tasty toppings. Last week, we received a pint of beautiful Michigan blueberries in our CSA, and Tom and I wanted to eat a few before Sweet Pea consumed the entire pint. So I whipped up this oatmeal for all of us to enjoy! I think this would be great with any kind of berry, but make sure if you’re using something bigger (like strawberries) that you dice them into bite-size pieces.
Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal
1 c. old-fashioned oatmeal
1 c. water
1 c. alternative milk of choice (we used vanilla soy milk)
Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. fresh blueberries
Stir oatmeal, water, milk , and salt together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer until almost all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and blueberries. Continue to simmer until all liquid is absorbed and blueberries are heated through (some may burst, and that’s okay). Divide into bowls and enjoy! Makes two large servings or two regular servings and one child-size serving.