Love is All You Need in a Breakfast Bowl {RECIPE}

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I’VE BEEN IN THE MOOD for overnight oats. It’s easy to make, all ready to eat by morning, and absolutely delicious whether I’m on the go or have a moment to savor breakfast awhile. I’ve made different recipes so far using oats as a base, but creating and discovering new flavor mixtures has become even better because I’ve added buckwheat. Might I even say buckwheat has become an overnight sensation in my fridge? Yes, it has paired up with oats and transformed my breakfast entirely. When you start your day with love in a bowl, good things happen.

I received a gift package in the mail from Ksenia Lova of Breakfast Criminals with a love note inside the heart bowl that arrived. It touched my own heart and my eyes welled up with tears as I read the handwritten note:

Start every day with love, nourish inside out, be fearless, be imperfect, be you--- the rest will follow.

This was exactly what I needed to hear. I held the heart bowl in my hands and felt, well, love inside. It's amazing how Instagram friends can touch my heart. This is universal love in modern life. 

The goal of the #BreakfastCriminals movement is to serve as a daily reminder to nourish yourself through delicious whole foods prepared with love. ~ Ksenia Lova

Life has been way too busy (as always-- can it please slow down?) hectic with my children’s school and activity schedules mixing with my own crazy busy schedule. When I hear the word schedule, I sigh in exhaustion. Pencil it in, grab a moment, take a second. I spend most of my time driving in (or stuck in bumper-to-bumper) Los Angeles traffic, while my own aspirations and dreams sit on the back burner of this crazy busy routine. Instead of driving all over the city, I want to exercise more, do yoga, sip turmeric almond lattes and write cookbooks. I want to spend the day relaxing (in bed) with a good book. But the bills and expenses loom, weeks fly by too quickly, and cooking and creating recipes has been squeezed in (on the weekend somehow) rather than a daily pleasure. If you know me, I'm not one for fast-paced anything. I love to cook and be in my kitchen. When I heard the term slow food I thought it was a really great way to be. Yet, some weeks go by and it's just eating because we are hungry. I scarf down burritos in my minivan as I drive from one place to another. Always in a rush, I've been feeling frazzled, vulnerable, messy, and quite imperfect lately. I want a little love in my bowl.

The Breakfast Criminals heart bowl was a loving reminder to how I’d forgotten to take better care of myself. Eating well (rather than well enough) is the better way to begin each day. When I fill my heart bowl, I take a deep breath. I count my blessings. I’m grateful. I practice mindfulness. Somehow a breakfast bowl in all of its simplicity gives me the strength to take on a busy day like a warrior (yet sitting in a snarl of Los Angeles traffic has reduced me to a whining mess at times). Love and a heart bowl is all you need. So what to put inside of it?

I’ve only thought of buckwheat for pancakes and soba noodles before I discovered how to use this grain with overnight oats. Buckwheat is gluten-free, full of nutrients like zinc, copper and potassium, and high in fiber. It is not related to wheat, despite its name, as it is not a grass. Buckwheat is a pseudo-cereal related to sorrel and rhubarb. Buckwheat has skin-boosting sulfur with beauty enhancing copper. A nourishing bowl of overnight buckwheat and oats beats running out the door with just a cup of coffee in my belly. 

Less stress, more happiness, I fill up my heart bowl with a breakfast full of love. Thank you to Ksenia and the Breakfast Criminals for inspiring my heart and giving me the encouragement to remember who I am again. 

BANANA BUCKWHEAT BOWL with VANILLA APRICOTS, TURMERIC & CINNAMON

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 banana, mashed

  • 1 cup sprouted buckwheat groats (Bob's Red Mill brand can be found in most health food stores)

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats

  • 1/3 cup chia seeds

  • ¾ cup almond milk

  • ¾ cup cashew cream

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

  • Toppings: sliced bananas, vanilla-infused apricots, silvered almonds, toasted coconut flakes, turmeric, cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Place dry buckwheat and oats in a bowl.

Mash the banana on a plate with a fork and add the two tablespoons of vanilla.

Pour the almond milk over the buckwheat and oats and mix.

Scrape the mashed banana into the bowl and add more or less chia seeds as you desire --- chia seeds swell up and thicken when soaked.

Add cinnamon and coconut oil and mix.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, spoon the overnight buckwheat and oats into your heart bowl. Add your desired toppings--- I made vanilla-infused apricots to use for this recipe--- sliced banana, slivered almonds, toasted coconut flakes, a drizzle of honey (or maple syrup). 

Also, cashew cream is delicious. I made fresh cashew cream in my Vitamix and used it on my buckwheat oats as it gives a creamy texture that reminds of bircher muesli (a classic Swiss breakfast recipe). 

Take a slow moment to enjoy this pure love in a bowl. 

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