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Brrrrr, the weather cooled down fast!  Here’s a warm, healthy breakfast recipe my kids and I have been enjoying lately.  Protein, fibre, essential fatty acids and more in dish that’s ready in less than ten minutes — a great way to start the day!  So many variations are possible: swap the walnuts for your favourite nut or swap the dates for raisins, dried cranberries or other fruit.

Date and Walnut Oatmeal

1 cup filtered water
1/3 cup oats
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup nondairy milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 dates, pitted and chopped
2 tbsp walnuts, chopped
optional: maple syrup

In a medium sized pot, bring the water to a boil.  Add sea salt, oats and chia and stir.  Reduce heat to simmer, add the nondairy milk, dates and cinnamon and stir again.  While the oatmeal cooks, toast the walnuts under a broiler or in a fry pan on medium heat for a minute or two — be careful they don’t burn.  When the oats are cooked (if you’ve used quick oats, they will only need 3-5 minutes), spoon into two bowls.  Top each bowl with 1 tbsp nuts and a drizzle of maple syrup if you like.

This dish is gluten-free with GF oats, and soy-free.  Serves two.