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Thermos Oatmeal

1 serving
prep time: 5 minutes
cook time: overnight, but with no effort on your part!

  • 1/2 cup fruit (frozen, fresh or dried)
  • 1/4 cup steel-cut oatmeal
  • 1 cup boiling water

Before you go to bed at night:

  1. Put fruit and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Put the oatmeal in a large wide-mouth thermos.
  3. Add the boiling water & fruit, swish to mix, then cap the thermos.

In the morning the oatmeal is ready when you are!

  1. Eat from the thermos, or dump it in a bowl.
  2. Add maple syrup or brown sugar if desired.
  3. Add a little milk (soy or dairy) if desired.
  4. Enjoy!

Variations:
Blueberries, dried apples, peaches... actually, just about any kind of fruit tastes good.
You could substitute rolled oats. But once you've tried the nutty, chewy flavor of steel-cut oats, you'll wonder why anyone eats rolled oats.
You can cook steel-cut oats on the spot. Just bring water and oats to a boil, turn down to just bubbling and cook uncovered (stirring occasionally) until all liquid is absorbed - about 20 minutes.