When I was a kid my father used to make oatmeal for me. I loved it! Don’t let the picture fool you. It was insanely delicious! You may be asking “What kid loves oatmeal?” Well, when my Dad made oatmeal it was like having a dessert for breakfast. Since I wouldn’t dare eat Cream of Wheat, I guess he figured “whatever it takes”. It had just the right amount of milk, butter, sugar, spices and of course chocolate. As a grown up I’ve figured out his recipe may not be the healthiest way to make it, but I still like to indulge every now and again. I made a few adjustments to Daddy’s recipe to lighten it up, and it’s still as yummy as I remember it in my childhood. Slow cooking the oats creates a super creamy milk-like texture – without adding milk – making it irresistibly delicious.
1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oatmeal
2 cups water
2 tbsp. light brown sugar
1 tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Add oatmeal and water to a small stock pot and bring to a boil. Immediately lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add sugar, cocoa, flaxseed, cinnamon and nutmeg, stir until combined and simmer for 1 -2 minutes.
How do you oatmeal? Tell me about your favorite childhood or grown-up oatmeal recipe.