Finally, I gave this oatmeal a go. Not only does Jack love it, so do I. While I generally like oatmeal, it usually leaves me starving an hour or so after I've had it. Not this one. It's got lots of protein in it--a plus since Jack and I are both vegetarian, and it's a great, cozy dish for these not-yet-warm Spring mornings.
The peanut butter gives it a sticky texture which I love. The original recipe calls for a garnish of dried fruit and nuts, but I had already raided my fruit and nut supply to make these. Here's the recipe, with a few changes.
Deceptively Delicious Oatmeal
- 1 cup milk
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar (the original recipe calls for 1/4 cup brown sugar which makes it WAY too sweet for my taste)
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin or sweet potato puree (I used sweet potato baby food, almost one entire 4 oz. jar)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional but good)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoons natural peanut butter
- Dried fruit and nuts (optional)
- big pinch salt
2. Spoon the oatmeal into bowls and sprinkle with dried fruit and nuts. Yummmm...