This is my new favorite healthy breakfast! I have been playing with my morning oatmeal recipe to see if I can come up with a creamy substitute for whole milk and this is it!
Yes, I am still a milk drinker. I know, it is one of the first foods to hit the chopping block when we are eliminating potential “problem” foods, but I refuse to give it up. It doesn’t bother me and I love it. Not everyone in my house likes milk so I wanted to come up with something we could all enjoy. This is really yummy, a little sweet (will keep your sugar cravings quiet) and will keep you nice and warm inside for hours. It is a bit sweet- I’m thinking about a brown rice pudding-stay tuned…
- 1 cup of quick cooking oats*
- 3 cups of vanilla rice milk
- 1/2 chopped or diced apple- with the skin on if it’s organic
- 1/2 banana, chopped small
- 2 tablespoons of raisins
- 1/2-1 tsp of cinnamon
- Dash of salt
- Remaining apple and banana, diced, chopped or sliced
- Toasted walnut
- Small sprinkling of ground flaxseed- just touch at first- it can cause bloating if you’re not used to it
- little more cinnamon?
- tiny bit of honey?
Place all items from the ingredient list in a large enough saucepan where it is not a tight fit.
Mix it, bring to a strong simmer. Lower the flame and cook on low to medium flame, stirring occasionally until it is the consistency you prefer. This could be done in as little as 10 minutes if you are using quick-cooking oats.
I like to cook it slower. I bring it to a strong simmer, then I put it on a very low flame and cover it. You can place a heat diffuser** under the pot to keep it cooking real slow. I let it take its time, stirring only occasionally. It takes about 12-15 minutes this way.
Add toppings while oatmeal is hot.
Makes 4 good servings.
* If you are not using quick-cooking oats, then you should cook the oatmeal longer. Even if you are using quick cooking oats, cook it a little longer to avoid heartburn or indigestion, if this is something you tend to battle with. Remember that carbohydrate digestion begins in your mouth, so take your time and chew your oatmeal.
** I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have a heat diffuser. A heat diffuser allows you to cook at a slow and steady pace over a very low flame, with less worries about burning the food. So you don’t need to stand over it as much. It’s also great for soups and sauces. If I ever get around to posting an Amazon store on this website- a heat diffuser will be the first thing I list. Click here to check out a heat diffuser on Amazon.
One More thing- If you have some leftover- simply add a little liquid when you reheat it, stir it up and it will still be delicious.