Have you been searching for a quick way to make a super healthy breakfast without too much fuss? You just found what you’ve been looking for!
When you make oatmeal on the cooktop, you have to continue stirring it or else it won’t cook evenly and it’s likely to burn. I recently discovered a tool that allows me to hit a start button and then take a shower or go on about my morning routine without any worries. In 20 minutes, just about the time it takes me to shower and get dressed, breakfast is ready.
Here’s how you can make quick “old-fashioned” oatmeal that’s just as nutritious as it is delicious. If you love oatmeal, but feel crunched for time in the morning, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make with a VitaClay cooker. I used to make oatmeal on the cooktop, until I discovered the VitaClay Smart Organic Multicooker. Now I always make it in my VitaClay, but I still use my same favorite oatmeal recipe:
Dr. Lorraine’s Oatmeal
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 heaping tbsp steel cut oats
- 2 heaping tbsp oats or multigrain hot cereal
- 1 banana, diced (the riper the better)
- 1-2 tbsp dried apricots (or dates or figs) chopped into small pieces
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp salt
This recipe makes one large serving or two small servings. Double or triple it if you want to make breakfast for the family.
Here’s how to make oatmeal in a VitaClay: Place all the ingredients in the cooker. After experimenting with different settings, I’ve found that it works best to cook it for 20 minutes using the soup setting. Select the “Slow Cooking”setting. Click on Hour to select 0 and then click on Minute to select 20. After the 20 minutes are up, the cooker automatically switches into warm time mode, so your breakfast will be warm, even if it takes you some extra time to get to it.
Oatmeal made in a VitaClay turns out with a delectable creamy/chewy texture much better than anything you can make in a microwave or cooktop. Some of the oats do stick to the bottom of the clay pot, so you need to scrape it out with a large spoon or spatula. Don’t worry about the fact that it sticks a little–it adds a terrific texture to the oatmeal.
I like to add about a teaspoon of Manuka honey to the oatmeal and then douse it with some soy milk. If you’re strictly vegan, you can skip the honey or replace it with stevia. If you’d like some crunch or extra protein, add some pecans or walnuts.
There’s no need to wash the VitaClay pot right away. I usually let the ceramic pot cool off while I eat. And then I put it in the sink and add a little water. Later, it washes out easily with a soft brush. I’m so happy with this new time-saving tool for making a great breakfast!
Time-saving tip #1: If you don’t have a lot of time in the morning, mix the dry ingredients together in the evening so that you only add the coconut milk and fruit in the morning.
Time-saving tip #2: You can chop up a supply of bananas on the weekend, freeze them, and pull them out as you need them.
Time-saving tip #3: You can chop up a supply of apricots, dates or figs, keep them refrigerated, and pull them out as you need them.
If you don’t already have a VitaClay, buy one now. It’s an easy way to take one step closer to achieving better health by starting your mornings with a nutritious boost.