Most mornings I feel (unnecessarily) rushed. By the time Eden is calling me out of bed I feel this immediate need to simultaneously make my coffee, feed and dress Eden, walk the dog,  feed the cats, and clean the kitchen. It’s silly to feel rushed in this way. I have no pressure, no deadlines, and no boss (unless you count my daughter).  With this in mind I have worked to become more deliberate in taking my time, enjoying my coffee in the morning, and lengthening my morning walk, all which help me mentally prepare for the day.

Today I even paused long enough to make myself a special breakfast. Not even a long pause. This took less than five minutes to put together and while it baked I finished up my morning rituals. And half an hour later I allowed myself another pause to enjoy this baked oatmeal breakfast.

Berries n’ Cream Baked Oatmeal – serves 1

1 cup rolled oats

1 tsp baking powder

a pinch of salt

1/3 cup coconut milk or soy creamer

2/3 cup soy milk

2-3 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup fresh berries (I used strawberries and raspberries)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small baking dish combine oats, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl or liquid measuring cup mix coconut milk (or creamer), soy milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir together until mixture is uniform. Stir in berries. Pat down slightly with top with the back of a spoon.

Bake for 25-3o minutes until an inserted knife comes out clean. Allow to cool for five minutes. Enjoy!

Do you often feel rushed in the morning? And if you do, what are your techniques for slowing down?