Banana-Oat-Nut Breakfast Bowl

Most mornings, I start the day with a decent breakfast. But it occurred to me that you guys have never seen what I usually eat in the mornings. So, it's time to share.

Dear readers, meet my semi-famous, super-easy, no-excuses Banana-Oat-Nut Breakfast Bowl.

This is less a recipe and more a method and it's all about choices, so bear with me.

The method is simple. Select one item from each category listed below. Layer in a bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds. Devour. Breakfast: mission accomplished.

1. 1 fruit, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • banana
  • apple
  • pear
  • peaches
  • nectarines
2. 1/2 cup oats
  • muesli
  • rolled oats
  • packaged oatmeal
  • granola
3. 1/4 cup nuts
  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • almonds
  • cashews
4. 1/2 cup liquid
  • almond or other non-dairy milk
  • fresh fruit juice
  • water (if you're really vanilla!)
Pile ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl in this order, do not stir, and zap for 90 seconds. You can also cook this on the stovetop in a couple of minutes, but just make sure that your oats and liquid are covering your fruit, so it cooks evenly.

For my usual morning meal, I'm going with banana, muesli, whatever nuts are on hand, and almond milk--and I usually top mine with a fat dollop of soy yogurt, as seen above (after the heating, of course). But with this method, you can repeat the same meal every day all week long and never actually have the same thing twice, if you change up your options. And, feel free to add additional fruit, like dried cherries or blueberries, and top with a drizzle of maple syrup or agave nectar if you're so inclined!

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