I love breakfast. I literally could eat it every meal of the day. I mean you just can’t go wrong right?
However, changing breakfast up can be challenging. Usually our mornings are made for convenience. Often we wake up late, have kids running around demanding our attention, have to take the dog out for a walk, have to fit in that morning run, or all of a sudden you have to leave in 15 minutes-you have no idea what happened to the time. If you’re like Rusty, you just straight up don’t like taking the time to make eggs.
But there is a way to fit in a nutritious meal first thing in the morning when you’re short on time. Prep ahead and then just throw this baby in a bowl and in the microwave and you’re good to go. It’s tasty and loaded with whole grains, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. If you’re looking for an extra protein boost-throw a scoop of whole milk greek yogurt and BOOM. This is especially good for those of you who are runners. Our bodies need some extra carbohydrates to fuel our runs-so this is a great way to get the nutritious ones in and avoid those refined carbs.
Oatmeal was a staple in my house growing up as a kid. In college that’s literally all I ate for breakfast. Except I ate those little packaged ones that were not old fashioned oats and were loaded with artificial sugars. :/ Plus they always made me feel a little weird afterwards. It wasn’t until I graduated that I realized a few more calories and whole grains, nuts, and dried fruit could take oatmeal into a real meal and actually fuel my morning. BOOYA!
So let’s get to it! And I always suggest you make a bigger supply and store it in a airlock container so you can easily make it in the morning.
Makes about 6 servings (serving size is 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1.5 cups of old fashioned rolled oats (the thicker the better in my opinion)
- 1 cup of whole wheat barley
- 1/2 cup raisins (avoid ones with added sugar)
- 1/4 cup of slivered almonds, chopped walnuts or pecans
- 3 tbsp chia seeds or flaxseeds
- 1/4 cup dried chopped dates
- 1/2 cup of water (or enough to cover the oats)
- If you want an extra protein boost, add 1/4-1/2 cup of full fat greek yogurt to each serving.
- Dash of cinnamon for topping
- 1/2 a banana for topping
- Mix oats, barley,raisins, nuts, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and dates together.
- Pour about 1/2 cup into a microwaveable bowl and add water* (if you like thicker oats, cook them over the stove). And cook for 1:30 to 2:30 minutes or until oats are tinder.
- Place a dash of cinnamon, yogurt, and sliced banana on top. Mix and enjoy! It’s extra good with a cup of coffee.
*If you want to make it a little richer, use some milk from grass fed cows instead of water.
Feel free to use it as a cereal if you prefer.