New year, the soft drumming of vague resolutions ringing in my ears, no time to fuss with fancy breakfast and a distinct craving for simple comfort. Enter oatmeal. No need for the usual toppings, it’s a new year, a new start. No need for a pot, just an oversized bowl and the microwave. Toss in some blueberries, a splash of sugar and vanilla and 2014 ready or not here I come. Insert dance moves and a cup of coffee here.
Five Minute Fancy Blueberry Vanilla Oatmeal
makes one serving
- 1/2 cup thick cut oats
- 1 cup water
- a pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tsp sweetener sugar, honey, or agave-optional
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup milk-optional
Combine water, oats, and salt in an oversize microwave safe bowl (You need enough space that there is no chance of the oats boiling over and gunning things up),
Microwave for three minutes.
Add blueberries, sweetener, and vanilla.
Stir to combine and microwave for another two to three minutes.
Top with milk and a dash of cinnamon.
Conquer the new year.
My blueberry loyalties are torn. I’ve lived in both Maine and Oregon. Wild blueberries are flavor packed, scrappy- my winter choice now that I’m in Oregon. But come summer nothing beats a pint of fresh picked Oregon blueberries, impossibly fat and sweet and juicy.