Yes, you read that right. No, I did not make a typo and write the same word twice twice. (It drives me crazy when people use rotten grammar and speling b/c it’s just the internet and shorthand = acceptable.) This is not a recipe for oatmeal cookies, but for cookie oatmeal. Oatmeal cookie oatmeal, to be exact. I’ve been seeing lots of bloggers lately posting about breakfast oatmeal cookies, and I figured, why not flip the idea around and make steel-cut oatmeal with cookie dough in it?
Whipping up this steel-cut oatmeal is much less time-consuming than putting together a batch of cookies on a busy weekday. The “cookie” theme with just a little bit of chocolate is a nice healthy option that may help prevent unintentional cookie/junk food snagging later on in the stressful day. Many people tend to eat less healthy when they are stressed. Instead of depriving myself entirely of unhealthy foods, I try to make healthier versions of these “stress-relieving” treats and eat them instead. That way I don’t have to feel like I’m missing the real thing – in this case, a cookie full of butter and sugar. So start off your day right with this warm and hearty steel-cut “cookie” oatmeal.
Oatmeal Cookie Steel-Cut Oatmeal
- 1/4 cup quick-cook steel-cut oats
- 1/2 tbl dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1/4 cup vanilla almondmilk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbl walnuts
- 1-2 tbls Eat Pastry brand vegan gluten free chocolate chip cookie dough (I only used a tablespoon, but if you want to make this a little more indulgent I recommend using two for a little extra cookie-ness.)
The night before you want to have the oatmeal, I recommend measuring your dry oats and cranberries into a ziplock for a quicker assembly the next morning.
In the morning, cook your oatmeal. First, place 1/2 cup hot water and 1/4 cup vanilla almondmilk in a small or medium pot and bring to a boil. Once it begins to boil, turn the heat down to lowish-medium. Add your oats and cranberries and cook, stirring occasionally. At some point while cooking add the vanilla extract, and mix in the dollop of cookie dough. Cook for about five minutes total.
When oatmeal is done cooking, remove from heat. Pour into a medium bowl and top with the walnuts. Let cool a minute or so before digging in!
I do love how chocolate chips melt into oatmeal, don’t you? Maybe some more chocolate could be added… after all it is testing season and we all need our dessert for breakfast!
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