This is really quick, “instant” oatmeal. Since this is very creamy, garnish with crunchy toppings. If you like it with more texture cook it a bit less. Oatmeal is very forgiving so feel free to experiment. This morning I had some fruit that was not looking too fresh so I cut up some apple and per and tossed it in and it was delicious. Honestly, once you get the hang of this you will never open a instant packet again.
- 1 c rolled oats
- 2 ¼ c- 3 c of liquid- (water, milk, coconut water – you can use any combination of liquids)
- ¼ -½ c raisins or cut up prunes
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp brown rice syrup (optional)
- ½ – 1 tsp cinnamon
It’s all about the toppings –any or all of the following:
- Chopped apples, pears, bananas…
- Additional raisins or cinnamon
- Warm milk
- Toasted/Roasted nuts
- Cooked fruit
- Anything you think might work- use your imagination!
- Combine oats, 2 ¼ liquid, raisins, salt, cinnamon and syrup in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a strong simmer, stirring occasionally from the bottom to prevent sticking.
- Reduce heat and simmer over very medium-low heat for 10 minutes- stirring occasionally, do not boil. (If you have a heat diffuser, it is great to use when you’re making oatmeal.)
- After 7 minutes at a good simmer it is done, but you can add more water if you want it a little mushier and cook another 3 minutes.
If it stands and starts to dry out, just add a little water and reheat-stirring until warm.
It’s all about the toppings!
My kids like it with a little flavored yogurt, chopped apples and toasted almonds, pecans, or walnuts. I like it with toasted pecans and warm milk- wet like a cereal. Put out all the options in little bowls and let them decide what they would like to add. Ask them for ideas and give them a try. When I first introduced oatmeal, I let David sprinkle a few chocolate chips and a bit of whipped cream on his, and eventually when the day came that I “ran out” of chocolate chips and whipped cream, he had no problem eating it anyway.
Makes 4 servings