There are some recipes that take me forever to get right. Then, there are others that turn out exactly as I had imagined on the first try (like my Carrot Cake Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Cookie Baked Oatmeal).
Add this one to the list!
Admittedly, I spent a while mentally concocting this one, but after I bought some pitted dates, it all came together. This is the first time I’ve used dates in a recipe (let alone oatmeal), and I must say, I’m impressed! Letting it soak with the oatmeal overnight softened it up and let the oatmeal absorb the sweetness. It was the perfect amount of sweetness, especially when I added a touch of maple syrup on top.
I still have to experiment with using dates in stove-top or baked oatmeal, but when I figure it out, you’ll be the first to know! 🙂
UPDATE: I used dates to sweeten this Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal.
What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/2 cup milk or choice
- 1 pitted date, chopped finely
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup vanilla-flavored yogurt (I use Amande almond yogurt) (optional)
- pinch of salt
- maple syrup for topping
How to make it:
- Combine all ingredients in a mason jar.
- If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now.
- Cover, and shake vigorously until ingredients are combined.
- Let it sit in refrigerator overnight (or at least a few hours).
- In the morning, either heat up or eat cold (this one is best warmed up). Top with maple syrup (or your syrup/topping of preference, like this warm Maple-Nut Sauce!).