Mornings are a special time of day and a hearty country breakfast, cooked simply and served with care feeds both the body and soul. Hot porridge on a winter’s day is so thoroughly satisfying and always reminds me of snow-covered trees and warm, cozy kitchens. Setting bowls of oatmeal before my children on a cold morning makes me feel better about sending them out to the side of the road to wait for a school bus. In our home, we love to include honey or maple syrup, fruits, nuts, and good country butter to make our hot cereal sweeter on a blustery Saturday morning, shoring up energy for the household tasks we have set for the day.

Steel cut oats, also called Scotch or Irish oats, are oat groats that have been chopped into 2-3 pieces. If you don’t have steel cut oats, flaked/rolled oats can be used for this recipe; they’ll cook a little faster than steel cut oats.

To make a homemade almond milk I use the Tabletop Fruit Press, which makes it so simple. Store the milk in a covered glass jar, bottle or pitcher in the refrigerator, it’ll be good for 4-5 days.