Saturday, October 18, 2008

Apple Spice Porridge

Behold my second installment of trying to make breakfast more interesting for the kids. Not really a recipe tonight; more of an idea that you can play around with. And not even a very original idea, really. Sons #2 and #3 gobbled it right down, but Son #1 whined ad nauseum about it until the oatmeal had congealed into a dense mass and the whole thing was cold and kind of nasty. *sigh* Maybe boxed cereal isn't so bad after all . . . .

- oatmeal (I use quick cook/instant on busy mornings)
- cinnamon
- ginger
- nutmeg
- allspice
- cloves
- maple syrup
- grated apple
- raisins

1. Cook oatmeal as per directions on package. Spice to taste using some or all of the spices above, then stir in some grated apple and raisins. Tastes great on a cold fall morning.


Speedwell said...

The trick in our house was to make plain oatmeal, pile all the additions on the table, and let everyone stir up their own... no complaints, then. Within reason, of course... when I was a little girl, I was a little pig with the brown sugar. :D

Sharon R said...

I love oatmeal or oat bran on a cold winter morning; this is a different spin on the usual (oatmeal with bananas). Yes, it sounds delicious!

Beth said...

I like to add a little soy creamer or soy milk -- sometimes chocolate soy milk.

The Little Mama said...

Quick oats are our everyday breakfast standby. Thanks for the added inspiration!

Miss Marie said...

I've been falling back in love with oatmeal recently and wanting to make an apple one. Thanks for sharing! I'll definitely be trying this one out!

Michelle said...

people at work are always surprised when i heat up apple sauce and add it to my quick oats. I guess I'm not the only one!

Chaos Mom said...

i made a pot of 'gruel' yesterday. my husband & the boy won't touch it, but i LOVE it, and it fills me up for the whole morning. equal parts brown rice, barley, quinoa, amaranth, and rolled oats. boil it into mush. sprinkle Sucanat & vanilla soy milk over top. sooooo yummy. also adding things like dried banana & walnut, or sliced almonds and craisins, or apple & cinnamon. still can't believe the boy would rather have Sugar Crusted Fruitios from the supermarket. pfft.

Anonymous said...

I like to use a combination of half soy milk, half water when cooking my oatmeal. Grate the apple into the liquid before cooking, and let it dissolve into the oatmeal to flavor it without changing the texture. I'm a big fan of adding vanilla to the flavorings, too.