Thursday, March 11, 2010

Recipe- Karl's Favorite Oatmeal

Karl may only be two years old, but he knows how he likes his oatmeal.  Forget the instant stuff.  He can't be fooled into thinking that microwavable, artificially flavored mush is acceptable.  It's either old fashion or quick-cooking for our little man.  Also, that better be real maple syrup.  It must be genetic, but the fake stuff drives us both over the edge into the realm of "how dare you!"

Karl's Favorite Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Real maple syrup to taste
In a small pot, combine oats, water, salt, and vanilla extract.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.  As the oatmeal simmers, it will thicken.  Add the ground cinnamon and stir to mix well into the oatmeal.  Stir frequently as it should only take a minute or two longer to cook.  When you have just about reached the desired consistency.  Pour into bowl and allow to cool.  Oatmeal will continue to thicken as it cools.  Add maple syrup to taste.

Consistency may not be a major issue for most folks.  When you're teaching a toddler to feed himself, however, the more that the food sticks to the spoon instead of sliding off the spoon the better!

Live better, a little every day.

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