I have such a love hate relationship with breakfast. Growing up I hated breakfast, like hated it, cereal would make me gag and to this day I still dislike it. As I became an adult I began eating breakfast more and when I became pregnant and during breastfeeding I literally could not survive without it. I think my biggest beef with breakfast especially anything that is store bought is the amount of sugar. Starting the day with a ton of sugar is something that I am not super interested in and sometimes it becomes a big challenge to find a good filling breakfast that isn’t full of that sweet stuff. So today I am sharing with you one of my new favorite sugar free breakfasts, Cranberry Date Oatmeal.
The first time I made this delicious breakfast I had had extra filling from my Grandma’s Oatmeal Triblys recipe (a little thing about me is I absolutely hate wasting food). So I had put this date filling in the fridge knowing I could use it at some point. Well the next morning I was happening to make a pot of oatmeal for Archie & I and voila, I had leftover date paste! Hello, delicious! Move forward to me making another round of date filling for our oatmeal, and adding delicious cranberries because more delicious. So this recipe makes 4 servings and the recipe gives directions to make all 4 servings at once, but if you find yourself not wanting to eat all 4 servings at once, you can just make the date paste ahead of time and add it to your single serving of oatmeal as you want it.
And this Cranberry Date Oatmeal could not be easier to make. In a saucepan add dates and 1 cup of water. Heat over medium high 6-8 minutes stirring occasionally until a paste forms, remove from heat. In a clean saucepan boil 3 1/2 cups of water. To boiling water add 2 cups of oatmeal, salt, and vanilla. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in cranberries and cook for 3-4 more minutes. Take off heat. Set aside a large spoonful of the dates for topping and add the remaining date paste into the oatmeal. Stir together. Top oatmeal with remaining date paste and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Peace & Love
The Schmidty Wife
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