The versatility of oatmeal makes it a favourite for some. You can add almost anything to a bowl to appeal to different tastes, and the wholesome goodness of rolled oats is a good way to start your eating for the day. This vitamin, mineral and antioxidant rich food provides you and your kids with a nutritious and health-boosting meal.
The Many Faces of Oatmeal
Have you had oatmeal in all its various consistencies? Not everyone is a fan of the ‘mushy’ style that is the standard of the convenient packaged one-serving variety where you open package, add boiling water, stir and let sit for a couple of minutes.
The stove-top method doesn’t take too much longer and gives a bit more definition to the oats, especially when you use the large flake version of rolled oats. This is a pretty simple prep breakfast by adding water (or milk) and rolled oats in a 2:1 ration to a pot. Bring it to a boil and simmer till the consistency looks right. You can add in fruit, cinnamon, nuts and seeds during the last few minutes on the stove. After it’s in the bowl, you can cater to your taste with yogurt, jam, honey, maple syrup and many more tasty add-ins.
But some may feel that the stove top way still makes for a mushier than desired texture, and that is when baked oatmeal is the right choice!
This recipe for Baked Oatmeal may be just what your family needs to enjoy the healthy and versatile blessing of oatmeal. Use this as the foundation recipe and add in some tasty additions that will encourage some of the pickier eaters to dig in.
- 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
- 1/2 cup dried, fresh or frozen apples, bananas, cranberries, raisins, etc.
Mix dry ingredients together, then add wet ingredients
Stir in dried fruit or use fresh or frozen fruit
Scoop into one big dish for baking or put in individual oven-proof dishes (reduce baking time by 5-10 minutes if baking in individual servings)
Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F