What better way to start a cold winter’s day than with a warm, hardy breakfast straight from the Kripalu Kitchen? Here’s one of our favorite winter meals, which can be vegan or made with cow’s milk, and your choice of butter or Earth Balance. You can also use an egg substitute, such as ground flax seed to create a vegan version.
Oats are loaded with water-soluble fiber and beta-glucan, which can lower cholesterol levels. The cinnamon not only adds a hint of sweetness but also can help lower lipid and blood-sugar levels, while the dried cherries offer anti-inflammatory deliciousness. Start your day off right!
Makes one 9-inch pan, enough for several breakfasts.
2 tablespoons Earth Balance or butter
3 organic eggs (or egg substitute)
3½ cups milk or a vegan milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups rolled oats
½ cup maple syrup (or other sweetener)
2 tablespoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
¾ cup dried cherries (or other dried fruit)
½ cup toasted slivered almonds or other nuts
In a medium bowl, whisk together the softened butter or Earth Balance, eggs, milk, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Slowly fold the dry ingredients into the wet ones. Use a little butter or Earth Balance to grease a baking pan, and pour the mixture into it. Top with dried fruit and nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.