September 8 is National Grandparents’ Day. Have you ever heard the advice “eat like your grandparents”? This bon mot encourages us to step away from over-processed foods and hew to meals your grand- or great-grand parents would make.
Good advice, but beware. Marketers have cleverly wrapped an old-time word around new products such as quick-cooking oats, steel cut oats, pre-sweetened instant oats, and oatmeal bars packaged to look like granola bars. I’m pretty sure Grandma would look at these with a curious eye.
Some may be as nutritious, but when I see the added sugar and unpronounceable preservatives, I get wary. So I stick with a classic: Old-Fashioned Oats and add a new twist: Not Your Grandmother’s Oatmeal.
Cooking time for this recipe is only about 5 minutes vs. 1-2 for the quick-cooking oatmeal, so, really, is that even a difference?
Basic instructions for oatmeal is 2 parts liquid per one part oats. Liquid is generally water or milk. I like to do half water and half milk (I use Almond milk). Your preferences may vary; use whatever suits your personal taste.
Bring the liquid to a boil in a saucepan, add oatmeal and boil for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (If it seems a little watery, boil for an additional 1-2 minutes and stir vigorously).
Now, let’s be honest – the real magic to oatmeal is the TOPPINGS, amirite?
Grandma, for sure, put brown sugar on hers and probably a little milk because perhaps she made this, then let it sit too long, and it thickened into Redi-Mix Concrete.
I do add brown sugar, but here’s my personal twist. Try:
Ground flax meal –to boost those Omega-3’s
Dried Cherries – tart and sweet at the same time – yum!
Berries – either blueberries or raspberries – or BOTH
Bananas – Adding ½ a banana = needing less sugar – always good!
Granola – yes, basically sweetened oatmeal, but I love the crunch!
The best part is the world of possible add-ins. You can make this entirely yours! A (insert your name) original! Give it a try, and let me know what combinations you come up with.
- 1 cup oatmeal old-fashioned
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup blueberries
- ¼ cup raspberries
- ¼ cup dried cherries
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granola
- n a small saucepan warm the water and milk to boiling. Add oatmeal and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Divide oatmeal between two bowls.
- To each bowl add fruit, brown sugar and granola.