People are always surprised when I tell them we don’t eat nor feed our 7 yrs old ‘breakfast cereals’. I usually get the same questions, so what do you feed him? And seriously what else is out there? I know it sounds complicated since cereal is the most widely advertised convenient breakfast food and with our hectic schedules time is always an issue. I am not saying making real breakfast for your family is going to be as easy as pouring cereal into a bowl of milk but simply saying that it is going to be very well worth your time. It is easier for me because it is a way of life; box cereal was never a breakfast item for me as a child. Here is a typical breakfast food in our home; it also freezes very well so I make 2 batches at a time.
- 4 cups steel cut oats
- 1 cup pecan, or nuts of your choice
- 2 tablespoons yogurt, kefir, whey or buttermilk for soaking
- dash unrefined sea salt
- 6 pastured eggs
- 2 cups whole organic milk
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg (this is one of my favorite baking spices, grew up using it for all our baking needed)
- ¼ cup coconut oil plus extra for greasing baking dish (you are welcome to use any good quality oil of your choice)
- Pour the steel cut oats and nuts into a large bowl.
- Add enough filtered water to completely cover the oats and nuts. Add a dash of your salt and a two tablespoons of fresh organic yogurt
- Allow the oats and nuts to soak, covered, overnight in a warm place in your kitchen – about eight to twelve hours.
- Strain liquid out using a colander and put back in the mixing bowl.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 13 x 9-inch rectangular baking pan with oil
- Meanwhile beat together eggs, milk, until it is nice and frothy.
- Pour the mixture of eggs and milk over the strain soaked oats and nuts, stirring well to combine into a porridge-like mixture.
- Gently fold in your dried fruit, nutmeg, cinnamon and coconut oil into the mixture.
- Pour the mixture into your greased baking pan and flatten it out with a rubber spatula to ensure even baking and a good appearance.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for forty to forty-five minutes or until the oatmeal achieves a pleasing golden-brown color on top, a knife inserted into its center comes out clean and free from liquid and the fragrance of baked oats, dried fruit, nutmeg and cinnamon perfumes your kitchen.
Cut into squares after it cools down just like our picture. We served ours with a scoop of organic yogurt, fresh raspberries and drizzles of grade B organic maple syrup… You and your family are going to love this breakfast and did I mentioned how nutrient dense this meal is:)