It snowed here yesterday morning for a good 4 hours. I woke up to the fluffiest snow flakes falling outside my window and was even more surprised when they kept going but by noon they had changed to more of a rain/drizzle and by the afternoon all traces were gone. Spring snow showers can sometimes feel like the strangest thing, I love snow in the right season but seeing it cover all the beautiful new flowers and bits of green made my heart a bit sad. I tell you this to let you know it’s still a bit chilly here in Santa Fe and as I type this I have a sweatshirt, wool booties (my favorite souvenir from Ireland) and a fluffy fleece blanket on.
One of my favorite breakfasts to eat when it’s cold outside is oatmeal, in the cooler months I eat it steaming hot and in the warmer months I eat ‘overnight’ oats which are cold. In the mornings I’m scrambling to get out the door in time for work and make my oatmeal in canning jars and eat it as soon as I’m settled in at my desk. Those canning jars come in handy for SO many things… actually ALL the things. If I’m on point I have my little jar all ready to go and waiting for it’s 1/2 cup of boiling water from the stove in the morning but If I’m not this only takes about 5 minutes in the morning, which I can normally spare.
You can make yours any way you like, bowl, canning jar, coffee mug…
Here’s what you need:
- 1/2 cup oats (I buy the gluten-free rolled oats from TJ’s)
- 1 dash of cinnamon or cardamom
- 2-4 dashes of chia seeds
- 6 crushed up walnuts, pecans or almonds
- 1/2 a handful of dried cherries or raisins
- 2 teaspoons of jam or preserves (I put these in, in the morning right before adding hot water)
- optional: regular milk or nut milk
Here is what you do:
- place all ingredients in container of choice (don’t use plastic since you will be pouring hot, hot water in there)
- pour in 1/2 cup + a splash of boiling water
- cover and let sit for at least 5 minutes (canning jars are perfect for this because you can just screw on the lids)
- stir and enjoy on the go or at the table
- optional: small pour of milk once you’ve let oatmeal sit for at least 5 minutes
There are so many variations you can make with oatmeal, the options are pretty endless but here are a few of my other favorites:
banana and almond butter (slice 1/2 a banana and put in oatmeal before adding hot water, this allows the banana to almost disintegrate and creates a great texture and flavor)
chocolate chips and pecans
apples and cinnamon
scoop or two of pumpkin puree or pumpkin butter
Since the winter chill hasn’t left Northern New Mexico yet I’m still committed to my hot oatmeal, my wool booties and a blanket in every room. Not to mention endless cups of strong black tea, it’s my favorite wake me up, pick me up or settle my mind routine. If you like a good strong black tea my two favorites are Barry’s Tea (Gold Blend) and Yorkshire Gold (loose). I can find Barry’s tea at World Market and Yorkshire Gold at Whole Foods.