I woke up this morning to discover that fall had arrived overnight. I wanted something filling and warming for breakfast, and it had to be fast because the baby kahuna was up and hungry as well. So, I threw together this quick, healthy, fruity oatmeal with the odds and ends in my pantry.
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/4 chopped dried apricots, cherries, and raisins
1 tbs. ground flax seed
Heat the water in a small saucepan. When the water is just simmering add the dried fruit; continue heating until the water boils. Pour in the oats, and stir until the oats have absorbed the liquid and softened. Sprinkle the flax on top, and stir to mix it in.
Even as I was making this I was thinking up variations to try in the future. This would be great with some chopped walnuts thrown in at the end, or made with soy milk instead of water. I bet it would also be good with orange juice replacing part of the liquid and some shredded coconut for a tropical twist.
This came together in about 5 minutes, so there's no reason it couldn't be a quick weekday breakfast. The recipe made just enough for one adult and one toddler.