Breakfast Foods

Strawberry Cream Oatmeal

We are not about bland breakfasts around here. Made with strawberry puree, vanilla bean, and walnuts – This is a truly filling breakfast!

Song that should make you reevaluate your world view: Childish Gambino –This is America. Watch it several times – With sound, without sound, watching Glover, then watching the background and ignoring Glover completely.

I’ve been having trouble sleeping for months now.

At first I thought it was the fall Daylight Savings time change. My body’s usually lacks the ability to acclimate for a weeks or two, then goes back on track. This time, however, months passed and I would be WIDE AWAKE at 4AM, unable to go back to sleep. I would stare at the ceiling vacillating between painting the damn thing and contemplating my life choices. Apparently my diminishing ability to sleep a decent 8 hours is directly tied to age. I guess my California raisin wrinkle face, severe loss of muscle mass, and my cottage cheese jiggly legs isn’t punishment enough.

*eyeroll*

Since I’m awake at this ungodly hour, I’ve taken to eating breakfast around 6AM. I usually eat eggs accompanied by some sort of veggie or fruit. It ties me over until around noon when I have lunch. Flipping through my recipe box I noticed I don’t have enough breakfast food on the blog and I aim to change that.

I used to be a huge fan of oatmeal. The fiber would sustain me for hours, as did the sugar high. Somewhere along the way I traded in my oatmeal for super unhealthy, artery clogging bacon. Managing a peak weight of 196 lbs. has made me reconsider my breakfast choices, so here I am with this creamy oatmeal.

This oatmeal starts with a pumpkin puree flavored with a bit of lemon and vanilla extract. It is sweetened with a bit of sugar and thickened with some heavy cream. For a bit more protein I added chopped walnuts. This is pureed in a blender until creamy.

You make an oatmeal with loads of whole milk, a bit of ground cinnamon and vanilla powder. The cream is then swirled into the oatmeal and eaten warm.

This is a super hearty breakfast. The strawberry puree is bright and tart. I would suggest adding more sugar if that’s your thang. The cream makes enough for about 4 full bowls of oatmeal.

I guarantee you will like it enough to reduce it to two. Get your fiber on, folks. And if you have any tips on extending my sleeping hours past 4AM – holla’ at a sista’. Please.

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Strawberry Cream Oatmeal

Ingredients

For the strawberry cream

  • 1/4 cup Chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup Strawberry puree
  • 1 1/2 inch wide strip Lemon
  • 1/3 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Vanilla extract

For the oatmeal

  • 3 cups Whole milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla powder
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Granulated sugar optional
  • 1 cup Old fashioned rolled oats (not instant or
  • Toasted walnuts optional

Instructions

Make the strawberry cream:

  • Combine walnuts, strawberry puree, spices, granulated sugar, heavy cream, butter, and vanilla extract in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer strawberry cream to a container with a tightfitting lid and place in the refrigerator until ready to use. strawberry cream will last about a week, covered, in the refrigerator.

Make the oatmeal:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, salt, cinnamon, vanilla powder, butter, and granulated sugar (if using). Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the oats.
  • Simmer the mixture, stirring occassionally until the oats open and thicken, about 10-15 minutues.
  • Remove mixture from heat and stir in as much strawberry cream as desired. As much as you like. 1 tablespoon, 1/4 cup. This is your breakfast.
  • Stir in toasted walnuts, if desired.
  • Oatmeal serves two. Strawberry Cream is enough for at least 4 bowls of oatmeal.

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