Exotic Holiday Oatmeal with cardamom and clove

Exotic Holiday Oatmeal with cardamom and clove
Bring a hint of the exotic to this warm and hearty breakfast treat…

Serves 5

3 1/2 cups of water
2 cups rice milk
1 cup steel cut oats 
1/2 cups quinoa
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup tart cherries
1 medium sized apple chopped
1 cup toasted pecans chopped
1 pint blueberries
3 tbs raw honey (add more for sweetness)
1 ½ Tablespoons of ground cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon of ground cardamom
1 teaspoon of ground clove
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

** Set aside 1/8 cup apple, blueberries, tart cherries, and pecans. Combine gently and use for topping your cereal

Combine oats, quinoa, rice milk/water, cloves, cardamom, and vanilla in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 20 minutes stirring frequently. Slowly stir in apples, blueberries, tart cherries and pecans; not the parts you set aside. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes then remove from heat.
Divide into bowls and then top with your mix of fruits and nuts!

Notes: Dried tart cherries contain only 7 grams of sugar compared to the commonly used cranberry which host approximately 20 grams but if these are too expensive or you can’t find them, use cranberries.
I'm a cinnamon freak so use less if you're really not that into it. Remember that all of these ingredients can be modified to your own preferences.

You can use any alternative milk you like… I just love rice dream but I’m sure coconut, almond or soy would be just as tasty.  

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