“The sun is up.

It’s morning now

and I can eat

my oatmeal.”

– Heidi


One of my best friends, Heidi, in Seattle spoke those words in 1986. I can’t remember now what we were doing. Probably camping and tuning in with nature….loving the sunny day and eating oatmeal by the campfire for breakfast.  I do specifically remember that I loved the simplicity of those words and wrote them down so I could scribble them into my empty book when I got home.

I thought of those words the other day when I was making oatmeal in the morning and I could see the mountains with the sun shining a glow across them.

I’m lucky, I didn’t grow up having to eat oatmeal every morning like some friends of mine I know. You’ve probably heard this before, how you can eat something when you’re a kid and then you begin to hate it cause you have to eat it, like every…single…morning. Well, that wasn’t my life…so I love oatmeal for breakfast!

To me, oatmeal is like a treat. But it became even more so when I found the recipe in my new cookbook, The Kind Diet. I’ve been pouring out enthusiasm about this book since I bought it. Everything I’ve made from it is delicious and no less the oatmeal! Can you believe it? Oatmeal? I didn’t think oatmeal could get any better than what it is already but it can!

Here’s the recipe quoted out of the book, The Kind Diet, by Alicia Silverstone. Read Alicia’s blog, The Kind Life, too, if you’re interested in more from her.

Quick Date-Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal  Makes 1 serving

1 Cup organic rolled oats
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts
1/3 crisp apple, cut in cubes
About 5 dates, pitted and chopped
Fine sea salt to taste
3 shakes of ground cinnamon
Scant 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil

“Bring a kettle of water to boil. Combine the oats, syrup, nuts, apple, and dates in a bowl. Add a pinch or two of salt, then pour on enough hot water to just cover the oats; don’t add too much or it will be watery. Cover the bowl with a plate or pot lid, and let the oatmeal stand until the oats have absorbed the water. Stir, and add a little more water if the oats look too dry. Let the oatmeal cool a little, and then drizzle with the flaxseed oil. Enjoy.”

Yay, you will love this recipe. And make sure you use the real rolled oats and not the quick minute kind! This is essential!  And use real maple syrup…it’s better for you and is oh, so yummy!

My version of this recipe has changed a few times now that I’ve been making it. One morning I didn’t have an apple, so I used a pear! It was delicious! One day I didn’t have 5 dates, so I added 3 and added a handful of raisins. Yum! And one time I didn’t have the flaxseed oil but I did have ground flaxseed so I added that to the mix. Again, it was delicious!

Hope you like the recipe.

Welcome to the morning light!