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This is the kind of stick-to-your-ribs meal that you could eat for breakfast or pack and take to work/school for lunch! A simple quick microwaving and adding some milk, and you have a lunch that’s healthy and hearty! As you savor each bite, you just know your infusing your body with good stuff. Yes, lentil walnut cranberry museli with honey & fresh thyme is a mouthful of goodliness!

Now these lentils make this museli even more nutritious and healthy. And, by using the technique of ‘crushing’ them in the food processor then steaming the slivers and pieces in hot water makes them blend into and with the oatmeal and other ingredients flawlessly.

I think it’s cool how you can ‘see’ them, but someone eating the dish may not even know they’re having their morning meal ‘Popeye’d’ {my version of even more nutritious} with lentils! Seeing this sprinkling of the lentils, makes you sit in amazement that you’re eating them in a museli and enjoying them even more than you usually do.

lentil walnut cranberry museli with honey & fresh thyme

lentil walnut cranberry museli with honey & fresh thyme

Yield: About 4-6 folks

Ingredients

  • ½ cup lentils, black, pulse in food processor for about 3-4 minutes to chop/mince~~you'll have 'dusty' mixture of ground 'lentils'
  • 1 cup hot water (110-120 degrees—microwave on high for about 80 seconds)
  • 3 Tb. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup milk, whole
  • 1 cup oats, whole
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup, dried cranberries
  • 1 ½ cups cream (or half and half, which is half cream and half milk)~~can use other milks like almond, coconut, etc.
  • 6 tsp. honey
  • 3 tsp. fresh thyme leaves

Instructions

  1. Put the lentils that have been chopped/minced (this will be a grainy like mixture) in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Pour the hot water on the lentils. Cover and let them sit for about 15-20 minutes, absorb the water and ‘cooking and softening’.
  2. Put the brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, milk, and oats in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Cover and stir occasionally. Add the lentil mixture and blend. Turn heat to medium low to low and cook another 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the walnuts and dried cranberries, blend, turn off heat, cover with a lid and steam for 5 minutes.
  4. To serve, put ¼ cup of cream in each bowl. Scoop in equal amounts of the lentil/museli into the center of the milk. Drizzle each with a teaspoon of honey and a sprinkle of fresh thyme. Ready to eat!
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