Friday, September 17, 2010

Not yo momma's oatmeal

I have been making this for myself for a while and now that my kids have a new school schedule and eat together every morning, I make it for them while I'm bagging our lunches. Sometimes I'll make up snack bags with individual servings of the dry stuff and take them to work for the week (you just want to make it right in each bag instead of mixing and portioning to make sure the ingredients are evenly distributed).

1/4 c Quaker oats (doesn't have to be the quick kind, regular work fine)
1/2 c water or milk
1 TBSP millet (a small round grain I get in the bulk aisle-google it!)

To this base you can add TONS of great mix-ins. Some out our faves are:

* 1/4 c of almonds, 1/4 c of dried berries (craisins, cherries, mixed)
* 1/4 c of almonds, 1 tsp of powdered flavored coffee creamer ( like hazelnut or amaretto)
* 1 TBSP chunky peanut butter, 1/2 tsp honey or agave nectar, decorated with a squeeze of chocolate syrup
* 1/2 tsp of brown sugar, 1/2 tsp of real maple syrup, walnuts
* 1/2 banana mashed up, 1/2 tsp honey or agave nectar,  dash of cinnamon

The possibilities are endless. If you are taking it on the run, its best to use sugar or artificial sweetener instead of honey/agave because you can just put it in the dry mix and add water when you are ready to use it.

Mix everything together in a cereal bowl or coffee mug. Microwave 30 seconds. Stir and zap another 30 seconds while closely watching that the oatmeal doesn't boil over into a sticky goopy micromess. If you like it thin you can do a little less time or add a little milk at the end, if you like it thick you may need to go up to another 30 seconds but keep a watch on it.

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