Sunday, December 5, 2010

Adventure in the Kitchen: Hot Cereal

Brrr, woke up to another cold morning.  The funny thing is twenty degrees seems cold now, but it will feel down right balmy after a few below zero days.  On cold mornings, nothing warms my belly like hot cereal with a little fruit and nuts mixed in.

Oatmeal is good, but I prefer a mixed grain version.  I will give you my basic recipe.  I vary it depending on what is available in my kitchen or at the grocer.

In a 3 cup bowl (or big enough to prevent cereal from boiling over) add the following ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of oatmeal or mixed grain cereal, currently I am using Bob's Red Mill 5 grain plus flaxseed blend. 
  • 3/4 cup water (if you use steel cut oats or grain increase water to just shy of 1 cup)
  • 1 banana or 1/8 cup of raisins or dried cranberries
  • a couple of shakes of cinnamon

Microwave 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on high.  If water is not fully absorbed stir and heat 1 minute at 50% power (if using steel cut oats or grains heat to 2 minutes at 50%). 

Then stir in chopped walnuts, milk, and sometimes I'll add a little protein powder to for a little extra energy.

If any of you have your own favorite version of hot cereal, please share.

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