Make this sinful breakfast on cold mornings or whenever you feel you need hearty fortifications for body or soul. Makes one generous servings or 2 small servings. Double or triple for family (and maybe put the rum in only the grownups’ portions!)
1 tsp grass-fed, organic butter (or vegan substitute)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit, cut into bits)
pinch of salt
1 tbsp 100% pure organic maple syrup
2 tbsp rum (more, if you are anticipating a tough day)
1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon (regular is ok, but Ceylon is better at regulating blood glucose)
1 cup raw, uncooked, organic oats
1/2 cup organic, nondairy milk (I use soy, but rice or coconut are fine, too)
topping to taste (I add a sprinkle of coconut sugar)
On medium-high heat, place butter, cranberries, almonds, and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir frequently until ingredients start to give off a roasted scent (about 3 minutes). Add the rum, cinnamon, and oats and continue to stir occasionally to prevent sticking and burning. Continue roasting on medium-high for 2-4 minutes being careful not to let it scorch. Add the nondairy milk, stirring well to mix. Let oatmeal come back up to a boil, then turn down to low and simmer 5-6 minutes. Add salt or maple sugar to taste.
Et voila! You have the best breakfast anyone could ask for! If more “fortification” is needed or desired, you can try mixing 2 tbsp rum with 4-5 tbsp orange juice and pouring that on top for a nice contrast in taste!