Oatmeal Master Recipe With Variations

Total Time
10 mins
25 mins

Choose old fashioned oats, not instant for the most fiber and nutrients. Adapted from Rachael Ray's Yum-O Family cookbook.

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  1. Mix the oatmeal, milk, and 4 cups water in a large, deep saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. When it boils, quickly turn the heat down to very low.
  2. Stir in brown sugar, dried fruits, and salt and cook at a low simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until very thick and creamy. Stir often to prevent bottom of pan from burning.
  3. Serve with additional milk, or cool and chill to reheat later in the week.
  4. Variations:.
  5. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal:.
  6. Swap 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped for the dried fruit Add 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus more for serving.
  7. Banana Nut Oatmeal:.
  8. Swap 1/2 cup pure maple syrup for the brown sugar and 2 bananas, chopped, for the dried fruit.