Oatmeal has never been my favorite. I grew up with stiff porridge in a pot that one scooped out as glob and mashed it with white sugar and thinned out with whole farm milk. I disliked it. . hated it even! But that was all there was. Now I needed to take another look. I tried the commercially packaged products and was disgusted by all the preservatives and sodium. I wanted to find better.
My teeth are not what they once were. . . the years have worn them down and they are more prone to breaking and chipping than ever. The carrots and almonds I once popped into my mouth without thought now have become a careful navigation to make sure that the objects pass successfully into the esophagus without parts of tooth embedded.
So now I am working on ways to enjoy the taste and benefits of almonds and nuts, without the need to endanger my smile. I grind them in a food processor until they are a meal texture. They could continue to grind until the oils are drawn out and it would become an almond paste. I stop the almonds just before that and add other softer nuts, like walnuts, pecans, and cashews with brown sugar and cinnamon. I churn up a big batch and store extra in the freezer and of course I keep what we use in the fridge.
If you wish to try here is the "non-exact" methodology!
Sweet Cinnamon Nut Mix
1 lb package raw Almonds
Process until a fine meal
add 1/4 lb of pecans, or walnuts (or a bit of both)
a cup of pecans, or peanuts.
1,1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 cup cold milled flax
Process until completely mixed.
Store in containers suitable for fridge and freezer.
scoop 1/3 cup oatmeal into a cereal bowl
add 2 heaping spoons of nut mix, or to taste
add soy milk Plain or vanilla
cook in microwave 2.30 to 3 minutes on high. . .you want to watch this as when it begins to cook it expands! all over the microwave. All microwaves are a bit different so you may need a longer/shorter cook time.
When the dish begins to rise leave it until it just wants to come up over and rescue it. Stir it up and let it cool a little, it will thicken, and enjoy. You can adjust how thick it becomes with added soy milk.
We are on a path and open to new ideas and will be posting on more and diverse ways to improve our health. We welcome additional comments and suggestions, and will embark on a series of this topic.