Growing up my mom would make oatmeal for us and, sorry mom, it was horrible. It was this gelatinous mass that was plopped into the middle of a bowl and then it didn't move. No oozing down or spreading out. We would surround it with milk and sugar and raisins, then forced to eat it. Once I moved out, I never made oatmeal again. Then companies came out with those oatmeal instant packages and I still didn't eat them until a camping trip in collage for a biology coarse. The professor insisted that we all have them for breakfast. Why I don't know. Maybe it was a survivalist thing or something. They were better then what I had grown up on but still not good. For years after that I would buy a box of the instant oatmeal and keep it at work for a quick breakfast thinking that it would be "healthy". More often then not the box would sit there for a year or so and then get thrown out. About a year ago a friend suggested that I try rolled oats and they gave me a brand new bag of Gluten Free ones. Ugg is the only thing that went through my head (Sorry B!). I smiled and said thank you and then thought, what the hell I'm I going to do with all these oats? Being the good friend that I am (uuggg), I went ahead and made a bowl but I cooked it with honey, milk and cinnamon. It didn't turn into a hard gooey mass. What? It had flavor, and chewy but not too chewy and creamy. Again, What? Since then, I've gone through many bags of the rolled oats. I use them for a variety of things including my meatloaf and just a good bowl of oatmeal in the morning. I make it many different ways but thought I would share this one since the holidays are coming up and by doubling and tripling this one you can feed many people (and it has cranberries in it).
1 cup Rolled Oats (Gluten Free)
1 cup Water
1 cup Milk
Pinch of Salt
The cranberries can be made in one of two ways:
One, you add all the next ingredients below EXCEPT the juice right in with the Oats as they cook (you will end up with red oatmeal but .....Also, reduce the fruit down to 3/4 cup Cranberries and 1/2 cup Strawberries.
Two in a separate sauce pan:
1 cup Fresh Cranberries
1 cup Fresh or Frozen Strawberries or Raspberries or combination, cut up
1/4 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Apple Juice
1/4 tsp Cinnamon (I use a small Cinnamon stick)
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 or slightly less tsp Ground Cloves
1/4 tsp Ginger
Optional but I recommend: 1/4 tsp Cardamon
In a sauce pan add from the Cranberries down to Ginger. Turn on low and let simmer until thick (liquid is mostly reduce) a little over 15 minutes
Put the Oats, water and milk into another sauce pan and turn on low. Let it simmer until thick, about 15 minutes. The cranberries will pop (most of them). I like to have some whole cranberries in mine. The strawberries you may have to mush a bit if you don't want whole fruit or large pieces.
Place Oats in a bowl and top with the cranberry sauce and walnut or pieces of whole fruit. Serve with bacon (or not your preference)
I hope you enjoyed this recipe. If you did, leave a comment below. I also have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes. If you would like to check it out, click on this link: Bristlee One
Thank you for stopping by and remember, enjoy life.
It's the one you have,
The nutritional information for the cranberry sauce is on the left and the oatmeal on the right.