Ahhh….. Summer is over, harvest season is complete, the chillier weather is here – time for some comfort food like Fall Harvest Oatmeal! I really love a good warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning during the fall and winter months! But it has to be jazzed up a bit for me. So this is not your plain old, boring, ordinary oatmeal recipe. It has a lot of flavor and textures that you are gonna love!

Why make your own?

Sorry, the packaged instant oatmeal you buy is not really that good for you; it’s full of artificial flavors, artificial fruit and added it sugar. This Fall Harvest Oatmeal Recipe is REAL FOOD, SUPER EASY to make and much better for you and your family! J

Oh – I have a TIME SAVER for you – sometime during the weekend, make a big batch (double the recipe), put it in containers, store in the fridge and there is a nice healthy breakfast for the week! Just add some milk of your choice (cow, soy or my favorite, unsweetened Almond Milk) – in an oven-safe bowl, warm it in the conventional or toaster oven while getting ready for work or take it with you to work and heat it up there!

This is kid friendly too! Put it in a thermos for the kids to take to school for their snack!

One more thing, don’t be scared about using rolled oats – really doesn’t add that much to the cooking time.

Prep and Cook Time is less than 15 minutes if you are double the batch!

Fall Harvest Oatmeal

(adapted from: 100 Days of Real Food Book, Lisa Leake)


Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats – If you are gluten-free and oats don’t bother you, use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats

2 ½ cups of milk of your choice

1 teaspoon Grade B Maple Syrup – or to your taste

¼ cup raisins

½ apple, diced

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon Pumpkin Spice – or to your taste

½ alcohol free pure vanilla extract

¼ cup chopped pecans

Directions:

In a small pot, combine all the above ingredients. Using a medium heat on the stove, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Lower the flame on the stove to Low and simmer, stirring occasionally until most of the milk is absorbed. About 5 minutes.

After the Fall Harvest Oatmeal has cooled, transfer to jars or storage containers and store in the fridge!

Serves 4


Variations:

Use chopped walnuts or almonds instead of pecans

For a pumpkin flavor, add a tablespoon of pumpkin puree

Use dried cranberries instead of raisins

Fold in fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries) when cooking is complete

Instead of apple, cut up half a banana

Sprinkle flaxseed on top

Resource:

http://100daysofrealfood.com