Are you a morning person? If you’re not a morning person, surely something called “Morning Glory” might turn that frown upside down.
If you ask me, mornings are the best time of the day. You’ve got the whole day ahead of you! It’s the time of the day for coffee breaks and putting everything off until the afternoon. And most importantly, mornings mean breakfast time!
“Morning Glory” generally refers to a mixture of carrot, zucchini and apple. It’s usually a muffin flavor, but I’m convinced that any muffin flavor can become an oatmeal flavor.
I sincerely hope this oatmeal can brighten your day. The carrot, zucchini and apple turn it into a large bowl, and of course, add plenty of nutrition. Surely knowing that you’re starting your day with plenty of veggies is something to smile about.
While I don’t think it should be, I suppose this could be viewed as a “secret vegetables” recipe – i.e. sneaking vegetables into a usually non-vegetable dish. So I have to ask: Do you understand how so many people don’t eat their recommended serves of vegetables? Because I don’t understand at all. How can people not love vegetables? In all seriousness, I love vegetables and happily eat them by the bowlful. My vegetable love is so severe that when I saw a dietician last year, she told me that I’m eating too many vegetables! Is that even possible?
And I’ve seen so many recipes where people claim to eat vegetables (or get their children to eat more vegetables) by sneaking them into sugar and oil-laden muffins or smothering them in buttery, cheesey sauces. Really? Is that really worth it? Sure, you’re getting some vitamins, but you’re also getting a ton of sugar and/or saturated fat. Hmmm… maybe there are just some things I can’t understand, having never dealt with picky children or vegetable-hating adults.
Moving on from that mini-rant, regardless of whether you make this because (like me) you love vegetables, or if you’re trying to sneak some more vegetables into your diet, I certainly hope you enjoy it! And unlike the usual vegetable muffins and cheese-smothered broccoli, this oatmeal is totally healthy!
Oh, just a word to the wise, be careful when adding the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. This is on the spicy side (and the spices are emphasized due to the lack of sugar), so start with less if you’re spice-phobic!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup almond milk, plus extra
- ½ cup steel-cut oats
- 1 carrot
- 1 zucchini
- 1 green apple
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Tiny pinch of salt
- 1 - 2 tablespoons raisins, chopped if large
- Chopped walnuts or pecans, to serve
- Maple syrup, to serve (optional)
- In a saucepan, bring the water and almond milk to a boil, and then turn down the heat to medium-low. Add the steel-cut oats and stir.
- Steel-cut oatmeal generally takes 20 - 30 minutes to cook. As it’s cooking, add more almond milk if it looks as though the oatmeal is drying out.
- While the oats are cooking, shred/grate the carrot, zucchini and apple, and then add them to the saucepan. Add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, molasses, vanilla extract and salt.
- When the oatmeal is fairly close to being ready, stir in the raisins.
- When you are pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, divide it between two bowls. Top with the raisins and chopped walnuts or pecans. If desired, also add a splash of maple syrup to each bowl. Enjoy!