Oatmeal – I love it. For me it is absolutely the best breakfast. We like to have steel cut oats. They’re less processed than rolled oats and therefore more nutritious. Right now our supplier is out so we are enjoying rolled oats instead.
Sometimes I need a faster option for oatmeal. I found this recipe on http://heavenlyhomemakers.com for making instant oatmeal like the kind you pay big bucks for at the grocery store. I ate a lot of those packets growing up, and I have to say that this homemade version tastes like the store-bought only better. Better because I know exactly what’s in it. And that would be TWO ingredients. This is so simple to make and my children love having it for a bedtime snack. It’s so easy that even my eight-year-old daughter can make up a bowl to feed her baby brother.
You need ten cups of rolled oats and two cups of brown sugar. Dump seven cups of the oats into a large bowl. Take the other three cups and blend them up. This helps the oatmeal to thicken when you “cook” it. I love my little coffee mill. I have never used it for coffee, but I do use it for grinding up oatmeal, coconut, almonds, etc.
So here are the rolled oats. Seconds later oat flour.
Add the oat flour to the oats and two cups of brown sugar. Mix it well and transfer it to a jar. Some people put it in small, portion-size Ziploc bags. I prefer a jar. Often I give my toddler and baby just half of a portion.
This is a picture of the oatmeal with some cream mixed in. Sometimes we add raisins and/or almonds. Again, the possibilities are endless. You could leave out the sugar and just add maple syrup or honey every time you make it. A new taste every time if you want.
We also enjoy other hot cereals like Cream of Wheat, Cream of Brown Rice, and a cereal that is apparently unique to Canada – Red River Cereal (a mix of wheat, rye and flax). Virtually any grain can be turned into a hot cereal. Our favourite though will always be oatmeal.
How about you? Do you like hot cereals?