Burnin’ Daylight Oatmeal

Whether calving, branding, or just out for an a.m. ride, there’s nothing like a warm breakfast to fuel you up for an early morning.

“Sun’s up! Strike a trot! We’re burnin’ daylight!” That’s the traditional call of the foreman to his ranch hands before they head out onto the range to gather cattle. On a cold morning, this oatmeal hits the spot.


Make the old-fashioned oats as directed on the package for the amount you want. This recipe calls for 1 cup of oats added to boiling salted water. 

Cook on medium-low for 5 minutes. 

Put a lid on the cooked oatmeal and let it rest for about 5 minutes.

Divide the cooked oats between two or three bowls. 

Sprinkle with the apples or pears (or a mixture of both), walnuts or pecans, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, and dried fruit. 

Pour some warmed milk into each bowl, and top with either brown sugar or maple syrup to taste.

Note: You can put everything into your slow cooker that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Put the lid on, set the temperature to low, and cook for about 7 hours. 

This recipe is just one of the delicious, tried-and-true, cowgirl- (and cowboy-) approved recipes from Cowgirls in the Kitchen: Recipes, Tales, and Tips for a Home on the Range. 

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