Warm, hearty, and healthy Breakfasts

It’s cold outside and these recipes are not only delicious, but a great and filling way to start your day.

Overnight Oats

Recipe adapted from feelgoodfoodie.net

/2 Cup rolled old fashioned oats

1/2 Cup milk of choice

1/4 Cup non-fat Greek yogurt

1 Tablespoon chia seeds

1 Tablespoon Sweetener of choice (Honey, Agave nectar, or maple syrup)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Stir together all ingredients in a container with a lid and store in the fridge overnight. Pint-sized canning jars work great. When you’re ready to eat, thin the mixture with milk or water to create your desired consistency. You can eat it cold or microwave it to eat it warm.

Add-ins that will take any hot cereal (or cold over night oats) to the next level

PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY

1/2 Tablespoon strawberry jam

1 Tablespoon peanut butter

1/4 Cup diced strawberries

2 Tablespoons crushed peanuts

APPLE PIE

1/4 Cup diced apples

1 Tablespoon pecans, chopped

2 teaspoons maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

BANANA NUTELLA

1/2 Banana, sliced

1 Tablespoon Nutella

1 Tablespoon hazelnuts, crushed

1 Tablespoon chocolate chips or cacao nibs

ALMOND JOY

1/4 Cup shredded coconut

1 Tablespoon almonds, chopped or slivered

1 Tablespoon hazelnuts, crushed

2 teaspoons maple syrup

NUTS ABOUT BERRIES

1 Handful of blueberries

1 Handful of raspberries

1/4 Cup diced strawberries

2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts

TIPS:Nuts and cacao nibs add a crunch to these breakfasts that you’ll love! Brown sugar, honey, butter, and even cheese can be delicious add-ins on their own if you need breakfast made quickly.

Instant Pot Banana Bread Steel Cut Oats

Recipe by http://www.melskitchencafe.com

My family LOVES this recipe and we make it often. I’ve used almond and regular milk and they both turn out delicious. It’s easy, healthy and the leftovers heat up well in the microwave. Mel’s website is full of other really great recipes! -Kristina Case, Graphic Designer for Connection Publishing

2 cups milk (almond milk, dairymilk, etc.)

2 cups water (see note)

2 to 3 mashed/pureed bananas(about 1 cup)

2 cups steel cut oats

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup brown sugar (or honey)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For serving: sliced bananas, chopped toasted nuts, honey for drizzling

Grease the insert of a 6-quart InstantPot with nonstick cooking spray. Add the milk, water, mashed bananas, oats and salt to the pot and give the mixture a good stir. Secure the lid, making sure the valve is sealed. Select the Manual or Pressure Cook button and dial up or down to 4minutes. The IP will start automatically. When finished cooking, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes before manually releasing the remaining pressure (otherwise the oatmeal may spurt through the valve if pressure is released too soon). Stir in the brown sugar (or honey) and vanilla. Serve warm with additional milk (if desired), sliced bananas, chopped nuts, or extra honey/brown sugar. The oatmeal will thicken considerably as it cools.

NOTES:You can increase the liquid(milk or water) if you like a thinner consistency to steel cut oats. I haven’t made this steel cut oats recipe in the slow cooker, but it should convert pretty well based on a similar Creamy Coconut Milk Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe on my site.UPDATE: If you are getting the burn warning when cooking, you can help/fix that by adding more water. You can add up to another cup of water with good results (the oats will look runnier after cooking but will thicken as they cool).

Bottom: Grits, middle: 10 Grain Hot Cereal, Top: Oatmeal

Hot Cereal Memories By Ryan Spelts

I have very distinct memories of eating hot cereal with myGrandma and Grandpa Wolsey. They had some unique cereal habits that made it very delicious. For one, they typically made either cracked wheat cereal or cream of wheat. They always seemed to have fresh fruit too. Most of the time, they had acquired said fruit from a side-of-the road fruit stand somewhere along their travels. It was always super delicious and fresh. Sweetened with brown sugar to just slightly under cinnamon roll sweetness, it was served in unique Corning Ware bowls with a small handle or tab on the side. It is fun to remember how delicious my grandfather made it look to eat my grandmother’s creations.

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