Oh, man. This is it. This is the breakfast to end all breakfasts.
I adore both making and eating breakfast food, especially the kind that is awful for you, like waffles drenched with cream and syrup, and french toast stuffed to the gills with juuust about anything.
...In essence, a massive food coma waiting to happen. It's an impossible way to start a day. But I have found a solution so simple and seemingly sinful, that I'm going to have to add another meal to my day in order to cram even more oatmeal into my diet.
Behold - Fried Oatmeal!
This little lovely has the decadence of a plate of french toast with all the nutrition of a filling bowl of oatmeal! All you have to do is take five minutes to throw it together before bed, and it's a breeze to cook it up in the morning! Makes 4 Servings - 3 cups oatmeal - 2 tsp cinnamon - 3.5 cups water - topping (fruit, agave nectar, maple syrup, honey, jam, chocolate, etc!) The night before: In a medium bowl, mix the cinnamon into the oatmeal, then add the water, give it a good stir, and microwave for three to five minutes. You want it to be much thicker and firmer than regular oatmeal, so that it holds together, like a dough. Spread evenly in a loaf pan, cover, and refrigerate overnight. The morning of: Divide into eight slices, and melt a tbsp or so of Earth Balance in a large skillet or griddle over medium high heat. You can also use cooking spray if you're looking to eat less fat. Cook each slice til heated through and browned, about 6 minutes for each side. Truth time? When I'm in a super rush I microwave the slices first, and cook them just long enough to brown the sides a little. Pile high with fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup, or whatever floats your boat! Happy breakfasting!