When I was growing up, we didn’t eat a whole lot of homemade oatmeal. We usually ripped open a package, poured it into a bowl, added milk, and stuck it in the microwave for a quick, hot breakfast. I remember my favorite flavor was strawberries n’ cream. Second in line was cinnamon raisin which I made semi-homemade by adding a few extra raisins.
But now that I am a little bit older, oatmeal has become a favorite. Once I discovered how to make oatmeal delicious, I can’t stop creating new ways to eat this nutrient rich grain. Steel cut oats are a complex-carbohydrate that contain fiber, protein, and iron (Learn more here). It is a great way to start your morning or to enJOY anytime of the day.
We have a lot of busy mornings, so having something healthy and filling to serve quickly is always a plus. This oatmeal takes five minutes to prepare and it cooks up overnight so you have a hot breakfast ready to serve in the morning. While all my kiddos love this recipe, this one is my 9-year old daughter’s favorite. She requests it often.
I love the smell of warm vanilla filling my house all night long. The vanilla couples well with the tangy cranberries and the nutty flavor of the steel cut oats. This cooks up to be a tasty treat that will have you going back for seconds. I prefer it without added sugar, but a little sprinkle brings out the flavor of the vanilla and creamy oats. After cooking, add milk or cream. Mmmm…this is so good. enJOY!