Monday, January 9, 2012

Oatmeal fit for a Railroader

This is a twist on the Irish Oatmeal Recipes out there, stylishly stored in Mason Jars.

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil.
Add a pinch of sea salt, the pour approx 2 cups of rolled oats in.
Turn down heat, simmer about 10 minutes.
Once water is brought back to a simmer, add 2 tsp  of warm kitchen spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, etc.; I like a dash of Penzey's Cake Spice blend and a dash of ground cloves).  Stirr occasionally.
Once nearly thickened.  Turn off heat (if using an electric stove, remove pot from hot burner).

Prepare your containers, whether they be Mason Jars or your handy plastic ware.
Add Frozen or Dried Fruit of choice, nuts (I like toasted pecans or sliced almonds) and a tablespoon of turbinado sugar or Maple Syrup (Trader Joe's has some great blends, I like the agave nectar and maple syrup blend). 
Divide Oatmeal evenly between containers.  A batch this size will make ~ 3, two cup servings for my hubby.
Use within 5 days.  Heat in microwave, add cream of choice, if desired.  I like Coconut Milk "Creamer". Stir and enjoy!

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