Recipe: Date-Sweetened Breakfast Grains with Cinnamon and Orange

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This may *look* like a regular bowl of oatmeal, but it’s actually a magical combination of whole grain and cinnamon goodness.

(I think I channel Chocolate Covered Katie when I eat oats.)

Every once and a while, the co-op where I shop has a decent sale on Eden Foods cereal flakes.  There are have several varieties including rye, spelt and brown rice, but so far my favorite are the kamut flakes.  I like mixing them with oatmeal to give it a heartier texture.  Usually I add cinnamon and blueberries to my hot cereal, but one morning, inspired by a pilaf in the Forks Over Knives cookbook, I couldn’t resist trying something  a little different.

The result?  This recipe for creamy, cinnamon-y oats and kamut flakes with a light hint of citrus.  All you have to do is toss a cinnamon stick and a chunk of orange peel in while it’s cooking for delicious results.  I like to stir in a tablespoon of hemp protein powder toward the end, but you can leave it out if that’s not your thing.

Of course, you can use any kind of cereal flakes that you like.  All oats, all kamut or something else entirely!  This makes a big bowl of cereal, so feel free to share.  Or, if you’re really hungry in the morning like I am, eat it all yourself!

Note: If the measurements seem a little odd, feel free to tweak it to 1 cup or 1 1/4 cup for easier measuring.  Be sure to adjust the liquid accordingly. (Both oatmeal and kamut flakes are a 2:1 ratio of liquid to cereal.)

Date-Sweetened Breakfast Grains with Cinnamon and Orange
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1-2

Ingredients
  • ½ c + 2 Tbsp oatmeal
  • ½ c + 1 Tbsp kamut flakes
  • 1¾ c + 2 Tbsp water
  • ½ c almond milk
  • 1 Medjool date, chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1-inch piece of orange peel, washed
  • 1 Tbsp vegan protein powder, optional

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a small pot over high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook, partially covered, for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the cinnamon stick and the orange peel. Stir in the protein powder (if using) and serve!

 

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About the Author:

Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a member of Toastmasters International and currently serves as part of the Capital View Toastmasters club. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. Emma  April 23, 2013

    Mmmm, got to love grains for breakfast. I don’t get all those anti-grain people out there.
    I love the idea of using the orange peel and cinnamon stick for flavour infusing.
    I had quinoa for breakfast today, mixed in cinnamon and a little coconut oil and maple in when it was warm and topped with hemp seeds and banana slices 🙂

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    • Sam  April 23, 2013

      Mmmm, hemp seeds! Sounds delightful. I decided a while back that I’m not too fond of quinoa for breakfast (I love it any other time, lol), but with the colder weather lingering I’ve been on a HUGE oatmeal kick.

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