Overnight Oatmeal with Almonds and Dried Cranberries
Many people miss out on the nutty flavor and nubby texture of oatmeal made with steel-cut oats because they assume it’s too time-consuming to prepare. But if you soak the oats overnight, they cook in just 10 minutes.
Spike Mendelsohn was inspired by the new beehive in the White House garden to make these lovely, not-too-sweet muffins. “I’m not a big breakfast eater, but I have muffins in my house right now,” he says.
“You can make this with any grain or fruit that goes with yogurt,” says Malin Elmlid. For her version of this cold cereal, she uses plain rolled grains, like oats or spelt, moistened with apples, coconut water and yogurt. When a friend brought her a goji-berry tree to barter for bread, she added a few berries right from the branch.
When baking these scones, be sure to use whole wheat pastry flour, which is less dense than whole wheat flour. Mixing in some all-purpose white flour also lightens the texture of the scones, so they’re more delicate and tender.
These gingery, nutrient-packed bars use only natural sweeteners like brown rice syrup and natural cane sugar. “Brown rice syrup has a nice, round flavor that doesn’t give you the jolt of sweetness that processed sugars do,” Heidi Swanson says. The recipe itself is very versatile: “Once you get the hang of the technique, you can swap in all kinds of other nuts, spices and dried fruit.”