Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's Oatmeal

After all of the rich and hearty foods of the holiday season, I find myself longing for a warm bowl of oatmeal to help get my body back in balance. While I am guilty of reaching for the microwave packets every now-and-then, my favorite oatmeal is made the old fashioned way. It is still quick and easy, but the texture of the oats is very different. Additionally, by making your meal from scratch, you are able to control the sodium and sugar as well as make unique flavor combinations that just do not come from a store bought box. This is method that works for any flavor you desire. Simply change up the ingredients and you have a brand new recipe!

1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Quick Cook Oats
1 teaspoon Light Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Chopped Walnuts
1 Tablespoon Raisins
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Banana, sliced

1. In a small saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until just getting ready to boil. Add remain ingredients, except bananas, and whisk continually. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir while cooking for 3-5 minutes or until it reaches your desired thickness.
2. Spoon into a bowl and top with sliced bananas.

***Note: If you like your oatmeal sweeter, just add additional sugar or some maple syrup.***

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