While this may not look like something that you could accurately call The Manliest Breakfast… Ever, it totally is (hence the title and boldness). These pink (purple?) steel cut oats might look a bit effeminate, but after eating a batch, you’ll realize that it’s more than just some foo foo breakfast.
This post and recipe were inspired by my new stomping grounds in Denver. I found out last week that this place has a certain, masculine reputation. In my month and a half here, I’ve found that it’s one of those undeniable truisms. And it’s something that a single lady would never want to deny. You see, here in Denver, there are many manly, burly, attractive men and they’re everywhere. As a matter of fact, they have a pretty precious name for the phenomenon: Menver.
I feel so at home in this place, where the active, outdoorsy, hippie, yogi, feminine, tomboyish, healthy thing is part of the norm. Everybody here loves to travel, learn, activate and explore. It’s the first place that I really feel like I can completely be myself, no matter who I’m around. Denverites are not only the friendliest people in America, they also seem to be extremely open minded, and are really willing to allow you to let your personality shift and grow. The other great thing about Menver is that all of the chicks drawn to this town are really like minded. And since there’s more than enough to go around, you don’t really get that catty competitive thing that goes on elsewhere.
Enough about how great Denver is though. Let’s talk about this pink vegan breakfast. What makes this stuff so manly isn’t the nuts, or even the steel cut oats (although both of those things scream masculinity). There’s a secret ingredient in this recipe that makes it super filling, and incredibly hardy.
- 1 Cup Steel Cut Oats
- 3 1/2 Cups H20
- 1/2 Cup Almond or Rice Milk
- 3/4 Cup Pecans
- 1/2 Cup Fresh or Frozen Cherries
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 Tsp Cardamom
- 1 Tblspn Ghee (optional)
- Honey, Maple Syrup or Agave (optional: to taste)
- NudeFood Breakfast Boost (see below)
- Bring water to boil. Add oats. Stir.
- Reduce heat to medium. Cook for 20-30 minutes or until the oats are tender. Stir continually so the oats don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- When the oats begin to thicken (about 15-20 minutes), add almond milk, pecans, cherries, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom and ghee (optional). Stir until combined, and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat. If adding the Breakfast Boost, allow the oats to cool a bit before scooping a heaping tablespoon on top. The Breakfast Boost is a living food, and if the oats are too hot, it can kill the enzymes.
Whats your favorite covertly manly breakfast?