Overnight Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal

I’m sure this is no news to you, but food can’t always come in dessert form (I know. Totally unfair).

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Sometimes you have to eat healthy things like steel cut oats and quinoa and start your day off on the right foot. And cranberries. And nuts.

But that stuff takes like 25 minutes to slow cook on the stove. And if you are like me and everyone else that I know, you probably don’t have a lot of time in the morning (Because you need to snooze for 5 more minutes. Twice.).

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Enter this GENIUS idea from Bon Appetit.

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What do I love about this… besides, oh I don’t know, everything? It takes just 5 minutes of prep at night. It tastes great (I don’t need to add a sweeter to mine; which is usually a must for me with oatmeal. My taste tester added some honey, which complemented the existing flavors really well. It’s packed with nutrients and fiber to provide a great start to your day that will make you go, “Oh my gosh! It’s lunchtime already??” Even on a Monday. Even if you sit at a cubicle all day.

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Overnight Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal

Recipe adapted slightly from Bon Appetit

Yield: 4 Servings
Active Time: 5 minutes, 5 minutes
Total Time: about 8 hours

1/2 c dried fruit (I used cranberries flavored with pomegranate juice)
1/2 c steel-cut oats
1/2 c well-rinsed quinoa
1/4 chopped dry roasted peanuts
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
4 c water
Optional: maple syrup, honey, agave syrup as sweetener to garnish after cooking
Also optional: serve with greek yogurt

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover with a well fitted lid and let sit off the heat overnight (yes, please turn the stove off now).

Before serving, reheat cereal in saucepan, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally and adding water if needed, until warmed through.  This should take about 5 minutes. Add sweetener as desired.

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