Oatmeal Master Recipe With Variations
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- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 3 cups milk, plus more for serving (cow, almond, rice, soy)
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup dried dates, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup raisins (or currants)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve with additional milk, or cool and chill to reheat later in the week.
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal:.
- Swap 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped for the dried fruit Add 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus more for serving.
- Banana Nut Oatmeal:.
- Swap 1/2 cup pure maple syrup for the brown sugar and 2 bananas, chopped, for the dried fruit.
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What a great recipe, Sharon! I love porridge and this is the perfect way to make it. It comes out creamy and thick, just the way I like it best. <br/>I opted for the cinnamon apple variation doubling the apple and leaving out the salt. It was super delish and Ill make it again for sure.<br/>THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing yet another oatmeal keeper with us, Sharon!<br/>Made and reviewed during your cookathon October 2010.
Great way to start your day! Made only 1 cup oats and it was enough for me and my two DDs.We even had leftovers. Had the master version and I really enjoyed how the sweet dates matched with the somehow sour raisins. Can't wait to try the other versions.Thanks for sharing another great recipe.Update:tried the apple one and it's now DD's favorite.