Saturday, October 15, 2011

Day of Oatmeal

Tomorrow just happens to be National Oatmeal Day. Nothing says celebrate like a hot bowl of creamy mush. Well, if you're in my family you get a bowl of dressed up creamy mush, but who's keeping track?

I do love a good old fashioned bowl of oatmeal. And I love playing around with flavors. Maple and brown sugar, cinnamon and apples, honey, or plain with butter and sugar like my mom used to make!
How about banana nut oatmeal?
Mmmm, do you eat yours with a piece of buttery toast? And who cares if you use the toast as a spoon. It'll be our secret.

3 c fat-free milk
3 TBLS firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 c Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
2 medium-size ripe bananas, mashed or sliced (about 1c)
Pecan pieces
Drizzle of Honey

In saucepan, bring milk, brown sugar, and spices to a gentle boil; stir in your oats. Return to a boil; reduce heat to medium. Cook 1 minute for quick oats, 5 minutes for old fashioned oats, or until most of liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Remove oatmeal from heat. Stir in mashed bananas and pecans and a drizzle of honey.

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