In the Southern Hemisphere it's getting cold in the mornings, and it's dark when we wake up for work. We are less and less inclined to make a real breakfast in the morning, but we need it more than ever.
Rolled Oats are my favorite hot breakfast. They are also the easiest, and the fastest. The night before you want them, bring the oats to boil with hot water, then turn off the heat and cover the pot. In the morning, all you have to do is heat up the now-tender oats. Make it creamy and naturally sweet by adding some dates and walnuts to the mixture. Having the dates soak overnight gives a caramel and creamy taste.
1 cup of water
½ cup oats
3 chopped pitted dates
1 tablespoons chopped walnuts
Pinch of salt
1 cinnamon stick
Milk or yogurt
Shredded coconut if desired
Sprinkle of brown sugar if it's not sweet enough!
Combine water, oats, dates, walnuts, salt and stick in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil then turn off stove and cover pot overnight.
In the morning remove the cinnamon stick and reheat.
Spoon into a bowl and top with milk or yogurt, some shredded coconut and a sprinkle of brown sugar if it's not sweet enough!