I grew up eating those little packets of oatmeal. You know, the kind where you open the packet into a bowl and then add boiling water. They were really yummy and easy, and at the time, it was how I thought oatmeal was made. As I got older, I thought that making "real" oatmeal was a time-consuming task....standing over a hot stove and constantly stirring the oats for a long time. NOT SO!
It is the best kept secret, if you ask me, that homemade oatmeal is so darn easy. It really only takes 5 short minutes, and you don't have to have any questionable ingredients in your child's breakfast.
Honestly, people, if the label contains ingredients that you don't know, don't buy it!
It's as simple as that, and so is homemade oatmeal.
|Oats are always on my counter, at the ready, for a quick breakfast or snack.|
Here is what you'll need: Organic oats (bought in bulk at any natural foods store) and water.
Seriously, that is all that you need. We like to jazz things up a bit with some organic raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a little rice milk. But oats and water are all that you really need.
|Our oatmeal ingredients posing for a picture: organic raisins (bought in bulk), organic oats, organic cinnamon, rice milk, and organic brown sugar.|
Take some oats and put them into a saucepan. I don't ever measure how much I use. Here I am using a measuring spoon just as a scoop. Just know that a little bit of oats goes a long way to making a large bowl of oatmeal.
|Soupy looking oats ready to go onto the burner.|
|Maddie's bowl of half-eaten oatmeal.|
Enjoy! And don't forget to laugh at those commercials that make us think we need to buy "instant" oatmeal. You now know better!