When it comes to breakfast a lot of people just eat the same thing every morning: maybe some cereal or toast, a piece of fruit or an egg and some coffee. However, breakfasts can be seasonal meals, reflecting the weather and what’s available at the markets. In the summer, an omelette with fresh herbs and tomatoes served outdoors hits the mark while in winter we might prefer something a bit heartier on cold mornings.
This morning it is -22 degrees Celsius here so clearly something warming is in order. A bowl of hearty oatmeal with toasted nuts and a hint of maple fits the bill perfectly. By using quick cooking oatmeal, you can have breakfast on the table in minutes without a lot of fuss. While oatmeal is often sold in single-serve, flavoured packets, I prefer to add my own seasonings. It allows you to control the ingredients so you’re not eating a lot of weird additives and you can sweeten it to your taste (it’s much more economical as well!). You can adjust the maple syrup in this recipe depending on how sweet you prefer your oatmeal.
Maple Nut Oatmeal
Makes 1 serving (can easily be multiplied)
- 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
- 2/3 cup water
- Dash of salt
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts OR pecans
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- Whole nuts for garnish (optional)
- In a saucepan, add oats, water, salt, brown sugar, nuts and 1 teaspoon maple syrup. Stir to combine.
- Bring mixture to a boil and cover.
- Turn heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, stir and drizzle remaining 1 teaspoon of maple syrup over oatmeal. Garnish with whole nuts and serve.
Bon Appétit and Stay Warm!