It’s a snow day in Rhode Island, which usually means sleeping in, making snowmen and snow angels, and spending some time reading or watching tv with a hot cup of cocoa…but not today!
It was still raining when the kids went to bed, so they woke up bright and early and when they found out they didn’t have school, they packed some “work” to keep them busy and asked to spend the morning out with my husband. Luckily, I was ready to help get them out the door quickly with my new favorite breakfast – the BEST oatmeal ever!
I found this recipe from Deliciously Ella last week and I am hooked! It’s the perfect start to cold winter days, and fills me up until lunchtime without feeling too heavy. I knew the kids would love it too! I created a make-ahead version so that we could have slow food on rushed mornings. Plus, soaking the oats makes them easier to digest. I love how the banana slices melt in and sweeten the oatmeal, and the coconut milk makes this dish creamy and rich.
Measure and mix the ingredients the night before, and heat and serve in the morning for a hot treat that tastes like it’s the weekend. I love how easy it is to customize the mix-ins for my kids’ individual tastes. This batch was enough to serve our family of 5, but divide by 4 if you have a table for one. Enjoy!
The BEST Oatmeal Ever!
4 cups of water
1 and 1/3 cups of oats
1 cup of coconut milk (canned, full fat)
1/4 cup of almond butter
1/4 cup of coconut oil
4 bananas, sliced
Suggestions for Mix ins:
– cacao nibs and frozen blueberries (my favorite!)
– frozen mangoes and strawberries
– chopped walnuts and dried cranberries
– cashew pieces and raisins
The night before: Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan. There’s no need to stir the almond butter and coconut oil – these will dissolve into the oats when you cook it in the morning. Store the pan in the fridge overnight.
In the AM: Start by adding mix-ins to the bowls. Don’t worry about the frozen fruit. It will thaw as the oatmeal cooks, and the heat from the oats will take the chill off.
Heat the pot of oatmeal on the stove, stirring occasionally until the liquid is absorbed. Divide among the bowls and stir to incorporate the mix-ins. That’s it!
Lucky for me, my youngest was happy to stay home for snuggles, games, and a pj day with Mom! (And lots of extra blueberries.)
What’s your favorite way to stay cozy when it snows? Comment below!