Sweet Way to start the Day

This is one of my favorite breakfasts. It’s so simple, it really doesn’t need a recipe, but I thought I’d post about it just in case some of you need that final nudge to try it out. It’s simple, healthy, and a favorite of the kids, as well.       

Soaked Oatmeal
2 cups rolled oats
3 cups water
1/4 c. whey or yogurt
Mix together in a saucepot and let sit on counter overnight. 
In the morning, put it on the stove on low, add 
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. honey
1/2 – 1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. raisins
bring to a simmer and cook until it’s how you like it – thin and runny, or thick and gooey (sorry, there’s just no ‘nice’ way to describe this otherwise tasty dish!)  15-20 min.Serve with a pat of butter and a bit of milk. 

The lovely thing about serving this to a bunch of little, hungry children, is that almost all the condiments are already added during the cooking process. There isn’t all the passing of the salt or honey, or begging for more raisins. I bring a tray with three bowls already filled and ‘doctored’ to the table, and we dig right in.

The  consistency is made smoother and cook time is shortened by the overnight soaking time, so breakfast is usually ready just as soon as the kids are actually awake enough to eat. Try it tonight, and see what a lovely, easy, start it is to your day tomorrow.

This post is part of Pennywise Platter Thursday, April 1st

7 responses to “Sweet Way to start the Day”

  1. […] Soaked Oatmeal (cut back the honey) […]

  2. ShayLynn Avatar
    ShayLynn

    What could be substituted for the yogurt/whey? So happy I found your site and really excited to try your recipes and advice!

    1. Trina Avatar

      A little bit of apple cider vinegar can do the same work as the yogurt or whey without affecting the flavor too much (2 Tbsp?)
      Delighted to have you visit, ShayLynn!

  3. Mrs. Guthrie Avatar

    Sounds yummy! I'll add it to the recipes I REALLY need to get around and try! 🙂

  4. Martina Avatar
    Martina

    Dear Trina, I found your blog by chance through YLCF and just want to say how much I enjoyed reading some of it! Your creativity is an inspiration to me – I love your sewing projects and the beautiful flower arrangements you did for weddings. Even if there is an ocean between us (I live in Germany), I feel close to you! Best wishes for you and your family, and thanks for putting so much work and time in your wonderful blog! Martina

  5. Bryana Avatar

    WOW, I've never seen anyone else use butter in their oatmeal, haha delish

  6. Whitney Avatar

    Can you do this with steel cut oats? I've been making them every morning – they're very good!

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