Great tasting oatmeal doesn't need to come in a packet


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If you think oatmeal comes in a packet, think again. 


They know about oatmeal in Ireland and Scotland, where whole-grain, steel-cut oats are popular. Yes, these slightly chewy oats take longer to cook than old-fashioned rolled oats (and way longer than instant oats in a packet), but the results are so much better. 


To shorten the usual half-hour cooking time, start the process at night and then finish up in the morning. Follow this recipe with your kids. 








Servings: 4 


Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus overnight resting time 


Cook Time: 15 minutes 




Prepare ingredients: 


3 cups plus 1 cup water, measured separately 


1 cup steel-cut oats 


1/4 teaspoon salt 


1/2 cup raisins 


3 tablespoons packed brown sugar 


1 tablespoon unsalted butter 


1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 


Gather cooking equipment: 


Large saucepan with lid 


Wooden spoon or rubber spatula 




■ In large saucepan, bring 3 cups water to boil over high heat. Turn off heat and slide saucepan to cool burner. Stir in oats and salt. Cover saucepan with lid and let sit overnight. 


■ In morning, stir remaining 1 cup water into saucepan with oats and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is creamy and oats are tender but chewy, 4 to 6 minutes. 


■ Turn off heat and slide saucepan to cool burner. Stir in raisins, sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve. 




Make it your way 


If you don't like raisins and cinnamon, try these fun flavor combinations. 


■ Banana and Brown Sugar Oatmeal: Use 2 chopped ripe bananas instead of raisins. Leave out cinnamon. 


■ Blueberry and Almond Oatmeal: Use 1/2 cup blueberries instead of raisins. Use 2 tablespoons almond butter instead of butter and cinnamon. Add 1/2 cup sliced almonds to oatmeal along with blueberries. 


■ Toasted Coconut Oatmeal: Use 1 cup canned coconut milk instead of water. Use 1/2 cup toasted unsweetened flaked coconut instead of raisins. Leave out butter and cinnamon.



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