Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Raisin-Vanilla Oatmeal

Our Little One is a big eater. She wakes up in the morning pointing to the kitchen! Not being a morning person, I tend to want to hand her a cereal bar or a banana and call it quits. Sometimes that's enough for her, but I do like to cook something to provide her with a heartier meal. (Side note: "Don't you have two older kids? What about them?", you may well ask. Well, it's no use. They don't like breakfast and even on special occasions when I'm cooking for Daddy they'd almost always rather have cereal than pancakes, waffles, eggs, oatmeal or grits. So they have Wheat Chex or Multigrain Cheerios and I cook for everyone else.) Anyway, back to the Little One. This morning I asked if she'd like oatmeal and her face lit up! "'Meal!" she cried, and ran to the pantry to pull on the doorknob. Here's how I make a serving for her, which would be a decent serving for an adult, too. You could bump the oats up to 1/3 cup (use 2/3 cup of water) without changing the rest of the recipe, if you wanted a bit more. Also, I use flax seeds because they're supposed to be good for lowering cholesterol - and Little One's is high due to genetics. You could leave that out or use wheat germ or whatever you like.

Raisin-Vanilla Oatmeal

1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons ground flax seeds
1 teaspoon butter
pinch of salt
a few drops of vanilla
2 tablespoons raisins
a dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Combine all ingredients except cinnamon and sugar in a microwavable bowl. Cook on high for about 2 minutes - depending on your microwave. Keep an eye on it and stop to stir if needed to keep it from boiling over. Stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Yield: 1 serving

Don't like raisins? I have an Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe that may appeal more to you.

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