Friday, March 20, 2009

Vanilla Spice Oatmeal

3 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
2 cups GFCF oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, optional
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch nutmeg
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, plus more, to taste
1 cup lowfat rice milk, divided
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Stir in the oats and raisins, reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

In the meantime, place nuts, if using, in a dry skillet over a medium-high flame, and toast, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

When the oats are cooked remove pan from the flame and stir in the vanilla and nutmeg. Swirl in the brown sugar and place the oatmeal in serving bowls. Pour 1/4 cup of milk on top of each bowl, and top with toasted nuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Note: For a quicker version: Cook the oatmeal according to the directions on the package. Stir raisins, brown sugar, and nutmeg into the cooked oatmeal. Top with milk, nuts (toasted or un-toasted) and cinnamon.

Nutrition Information
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving Calories 255
Total fat 4g Saturated fat 1g
Monounsaturated fat 1g Polyunsaturated fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg Sodium 40mg
Carbohydrates 51g Protein 8g
Fiber 4.5g

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