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Alicia Silverstone’s Quick Date-Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

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I’ve always been a breakfast person.

Not that it has to be anything more than a bagel or oatmeal, but I’ve never been someone who could skip it. (Seriously - if I don’t eat within 45 minutes of waking up, I will start to develop a headache. My husband used to jokingly wonder if he should put a box of cereal on my nightstand so that I could start eating upon waking up.)

Having just started grad school, breakfast is even more important to me. Because, I am like a small child in this respect - if I’m hungry, I’m cranky, and if I’m cranky, I’m not paying attention to all the stuff that I’m spending all of this money to learn.

So, I need a breakfast that keeps me full. Which, I’ve discovered in steel cut oats. I usually eat them with maple syrup, cinnamon, raisins and either slivered almonds or walnuts. It’s hearty, easy on my stomach, and once I have a bowl around 7 am, I don’t need to think about eating again until noon.

But, I could use some variety in my flavors, which is why I was excited to find Alicia Silverstone’s recipe (from her book, The Kind Diet), for Date-Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal on her blog last week.

With walnuts, fresh apples, dates, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and a dash of flaxseed oil, it sounds like a combo I’d even want to mix up and spread on toast or pancakes. It is something I’ll try this week.

What about you? What are you favorite ingredient mixes for oatmeal?

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