Dessert for Breakfast

In a perfect world, I would have 48 hours in a day, during which I would create my own recipes, get in a long workout, and have time for all the other "things" that I try to pack into one sun up-sun down day.  Unfortunately, the day does not have 48 hours, the workouts max out at 90-minutes on a good day and I haven't been able to stockpile a collection of recipes that I've created on my own.  C'est la vie.What I have done is try other people's recipes.  Many recipes come from an assortment of cookbooks, some recipes from friends who have attended culinary academies worldwide and several recipes from various websites online.  After cooking and baking for a few years, I generally know what I will like and pass on the ones I know that I won't enjoy.  Of late, I've become more adventurous in trying ones that could go either way; the one's I read and think, "That could be interesting."  This recipe was one of the successful ones.

The texture is if-y, so if you don't care for the consistency of rice pudding, porridge or grits, this might not be your thing.  But don't fret, there are more yummy (and healthy) recipes coming your way. Promise.

The oats will have to soak for 24-hours, but after that it takes 2 minutes to whip the ingredients together in the morning.  I know, it sounds odd, but trust me on this…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Oat groats (you can find these in the bulk section of Whole Foods) OR steel cut oats
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup of dates (pitted)
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • 1/2-teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  • Place the oats in a bowl and cover with water (sit over night)
  • The next morning, drain the water and put the oats into a blender.
  • Measure out the dates and raisins; add to the oats.  Add cinnamon.
  • Blend.
  • Enjoy.

Soaking the oats over night will soften them, so there’s no need for the stove and pot.  The recipe makes 2 servings, which lasts me two days; on the second day I eat it cold right from the fridge.  There are 300 calories, less than 2 grams of fat, and 8 grams of fiber.  The sweetness comes from the fruit, so there’s no added processed sugar.

I haven’t tried this with other fruits or nuts, but it could be fun to mix and match for different flavors and textures.  Enjoy!