WARM SPICED OATMEAL
A delicious, grounding way to start your day.
Prep Time: 5 minutes, plus cooking time for oatmeal to reach desired consistency
1 cup of oatmeal
2 cups of water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon pippali (a long pepper)
1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
1 tablespoon of ghee (or coconut oil)
1/2 to 1 inch of fresh ginger. grated
1/4 cup dried coconut flakes
One or two dried dates, chopped
Honey or maple syrup to taste
Salt, to taste
Add oatmeal and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cook until desired consistency is reached.
In a small cast iron skillet, dry roast the dried spices on a medium flame until the aroma of the spices becomes strong. Add ghee. Add grated fresh ginger and coconut flakes. Sauté until warm and bubbly.
Pour the ghee and spice mixture over the oatmeal. Add the chopped dates, salt and honey or maple syrup.
Variations: Be creative with adding additional spices like cardamom, clove, etc. Experiment with alternate grains such as quinoa, barley, buckwheat or cream of wheat.