Lately, the hubby and I have been trying to find different ways to jazz up breakfast. I mean, really, there’s only so much bread and spread you can have in the morning. Bread, bagel, biscuit, French toast, pancakes, bread pudding, whatever you want to call it, having a chunk of cooked dough in the morning gets a little boring after a while. Sure, we pair it with fruit and a few other healthy options but it gets old quite quickly.
Oatmeal – for some, an equally boring breakfast option so how do you jazz that up without adding loads of sugar or junk on top of it?
Thank goodness for nuts and seeds. For the past few weeks, we’ve been trying different mixes of different nuts and seeds. No, not the packaged stuff, there’s no point. You never get enough of what you want and the flavour is always a little off. The pre-packaged stuff is usually too sweet, too salty, too bland, or stale.
No, we go to our local bulk food store and pick up a variety of nuts and seeds. Sometimes, it’s a blend of raw pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almond slivers, and flax seeds. Other times, it’ll have coconut flakes and sesame seeds. I’m telling you, this is one of the best ways to brighten up our morning breakfast and depending on the mix you make, you can get a good helping of protein and other nutritional goodies.
The best part is it’s simple enough to do. All you really have to do is put a pan on the stove on low – medium heat. Let it temper and organize your little bags of nuts and seeds. Add the bigger seeds/nuts in the pan first to let them toast up. As they start to brown, continue to add the other seeds/nuts until everything is in the pan. Toast them up to taste and turn off the fire. At this point, you can leave them be or you can toss in a little cane sugar to sweeten it up. I prefer to use the cane sugar with little rock like granules. They add yet another level of crunch and dimension to the mix.
Make your oatmeal however way you like it and then top it off with your nut and seed mix. I’ve never been a big fan of the packaged sweetened oatmeal mixes because I always found them too sweet so this homemade nut and seed blend is perfect for me. Oatmeal usually just slides down your throat and disappears into the abyss and I often feel empty after I’ve eaten it. With the nuts and seeds and all the extra chewing, it takes longer to eat the oatmeal, I enjoy the texture so much more, and I don’t get hungry quite as quickly.
Now, you don’t have to use nuts at all if you don’t want to. There are plenty of seeds to choose from and although I’m not much for dried fruit, you could always add those in as well. Really, the options are endless. When this set of photos were taken, we used sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, coconut flakes, and cane sugar with large flake oatmeal. It was sooo yummy.
Things to do: be your own little scientist. Make a small change in your life and see if it makes a difference. Make your own nut and seed mix – it’s much cheaper than any packaged product you buy!
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