Okay, you might be saying to yourself 'It ain't that hard, the directions are already printed on the canister of oatmeal'. Actually, that's what Alyson said. Okay, missy...use that if you want plain, boring, bland, unattractive oatmeal! If you want something to look forward to, try my recipe. Plumped up raisins, raw sugar, walnuts, and a drizzle of old fashion PetMilk, take my oatmeal from bland gruel to 'Yes, More & Please!'
|After adding oat, raisins, and cinnamon to boiling liquid mixture, cook and stir until it's thickened.|
|After cooking, divide oatmeal among serving bowl and drizzle with PetMilk.|
|Sprinkle with sugar|
|Top with chopped walnuts|
Just a few notes:
Although the directions for "quick" oats indicate cooking time of 1 minute, my recipe cooks the oatmeal for 4-5 minutes.
Adding the raisins along with the oats, allows them to plump up by absorbing some of the liquid.
Don't like raisins? Don't use them.
Sometimes we use fruit preserves, jam, or jelly instead of sugar.
My husband's favorite is apple butter and toasted almonds.
1 cup water
1 cup milk(I prefer skim or low-fat milk for this recipe)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups quick oats(I use Quaker 1 Minute Oats)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons raw sugar(feel free to use regular white granulated sugar)
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
PetMilk(about 2 tablespoons)
In a saucepan, heat water, milk, and butter on medium-high heat until boiling. Stir in oats, raisins, and cinnamon. When mixture returns to a boil, reduce heat to low. Stir and cook for 4-5 minutes, until mixture is thickened and any visible liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat. To serve, divide oatmeal into serving bowls, top each with a drizzle of PetMilk, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts.