My oldest daughter is nuts for oatmeal. Cassidy would eat it every morning if she could. Over the years she’s experimented with all types of oatmeal variations. This is the one I find the most comforting with the clever addition of nut butter to add a tasty protein hit. As we each begin to feel a bit nutty from our social distancing and other new realities, cooking this kind of comforting food is therapeutic. There’s flexibility in this recipe so you can choose if you like a runny or thick porridge. And, allow yourself a generous maple syrup drizzle!
Serves 2 | 10 Minutes Prep
- 1 cup organic rolled oats
- Pinch sea salt
- 2 to 21/2 cups water or apple cider (use the full volume of liquid if you like loose oatmeal)
- ½ cup organic raisins –golden or regular (substitute with dried cranberries or figs)
- 3 tablespoons organic nut butter (almond, peanut or cashew)
- Dashes ground cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1/3 cup whole almonds – chopped
- ½-cup apples or pears – chopped into ½-inch chunks (optional)
- Drizzle maple syrup (optional)
- In a stockpot, bring water or cider to a bowl; add the oats and raisins, and bring back to a simmer for 7 to 10 minutes, depending on how loose or thick you prefer your porridge.
- Add the nut butter, spices, and chopped apples or pears, and fold and stir into oatmeal mixture.
- Serve in bowls and garnish with chopped nuts and a drizzle of maple syrup.