Breakfast for a cold ride

When I don't have an early swim practice on Saturday mornings I get a little more time for a proper breakfast. Steel cut oats take about 30mins to make but the extra time gives me a chance to make a pot of coffee, read the newspaper and think about the upcoming 4 hour bike ride. Steel cut oats, with their hearty and almost crunchy texture, are a huge step up from the 2 minute microwave variety that I usually make. In the last 10 minutes of the cooking time, I'll add some dried fruit. While the oats are cooling, I'll mix in some nuts for protein. Then, I'll ladel some into a big bowl, stir in some millk (for more protein) and a squeeze of local honey. I like to add the honey last because honey loses it's nutritional properties when it gets too hot. --Laurel

Today's Menu:

-steel cut oats - with whole roasted unsalted almonds, raisins, dried cranberries, cinnamon & honey

-4 hour road bike ride to Nyack & beyond