Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Delicious Walnut-Cranberry Oatmeal

In my family we eat a lot of oatmeal. It's comforting, healthy and filling. I love the way it fills the house with a smell like fresh bread.

There are a lot of instant oatmeals out there but we prefer the old-fashioned stuff. This is our prefered brand: John McCann's steel cut oats. It comes in a very solid coffee-can type tin, which has other uses when the oatmeal is gone. Because my daughter eats oatmeal pretty much daily, we go through one of these tins in about 2-3 weeks, but for a normal family this might last much longer.


4 cups water
1 cup steel cut oats
2-3 T chopped walnuts
2 T dried cranberries
2-3 T milk (we use vanilla soy milk)
brown sugar to taste

Bring 4 cups water to a boil then add 1 cup steel cut oats. Lower stove temperature. Bring it back to a very gentle boil (more of a simmer, really), and cook it slowly, on a low heat, stirring occasionally. The oatmeal will thicken and the water will become dense and gravy-like. This takes about half an hour to cook.

Stir in brown sugar to your preference, or agave nectar works well too. Serve in a bowl with walnuts, cranberries and milk on top. This makes a good breakfast or a healthy snack.

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