Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Our favorite Breakfast

I love that fall is here, the mornings are cool, the colors are brilliant, and it feels like the world is slowing down to soak it all in before cold dark winter.  This weather makes me just want to have slow, cozy mornings, enjoying my family, the sunlight (it always so much more rich in the fall), and warm yummy breakfasts.  This is our, well, Hudson and mine (colin would probably appreciate an egg or sausage thrown in) favorite breakfast recipe, it is so versatile and easy to make and always hits the spot!  We usually make some variation of the recipe, depending on what fruit is in season or in the freezer, on Sundays and then eat it for a few days (another reason why it's my favorite).  Here is a pic of Hudson and his pony helping with breakfast.

Here is the general recipe with some of my notes - it is so easy to substitute and add to:

5 -7 large fruits -we use pears, peaches, nectarines, apples
1.5 cup frozen blueberries (our favorite) or other berries or 1/2 cup dried fruit (apples & currents are a great combo)

1-2 cups oatmeal - depending on how much fruit you have, I'm always trying to have more fruit and less grains. Today we used 1 cup oat meal and one cup soaked Buckwheat
1 tbls. ground flax
1-2 tbls. maple syrup or honey more depending on how sweet you like it.
1-2 tbls. spoons spices - I always use cinnamon and either nutmeg, cloves, or cardamon 
1 tbls,. butter 
Other potential additions - shredded coconut, chopped nuts, hemp seeds, ??? the possibilities are endless

Spray bottom of glass baking dish, preferably one that has a lid. Cut fruit and put in bottom of dish.  Either mix all other ingredients in separate bowl and spread on top.  Or, if you are like me and like to skip steps, sprinkle all ingredients on top of the fruit and stir it together, it's ok to mix the fruit in.

Bake at 360 for about 40 minutes.  About half way through the baking pull dish out and stir, make sure to incorporate the juicy bubbly fruit on the bottom throughout whole dish. Bake a little longer and enjoy with milk, almond milk, or yogurt (it tastes like dessert when you eat it with greek yogurt!).

It is totally worth it to make a big batch and have left overs, it is seriously as easy as cereal, just pull from fridge and add milk!
That's my kind of cereal box. I know this picture is kind of gross, but you get eh idea.


Heidi Thorsness said...

Looks good Emily. You are a wonderful mother, it's easy to see. Your little man looks like your dad at times. Nice blog!
Heidi Thorsness

eabetzler said...

Heidi - Thank you so much! Being a mother is by far the hardest and best thing I have ever done! I think he looks like my dad too!

How are you? Hope all is well in your life.


Natalie Acklin said...

I didn't see this recipe, but it looks DELICIOUS!!! I want to make it and eat it for every meal.

eabetzler said...

It's right up there, laid out a little different. But you should make it, you would love it with pears!!!