Updated: Nov 20, 2020
Just imagine, you wake up to a cool fall morning. You’re house thermostat was set to 65 degrees Fahrenheit for good sleep, but as you wake up, all you want is to stay in warm cozy bed. This is my family EVERY morning until Summer comes. Enter… my Big Batch Oatmeal Breakfast (If you want something more portable, check out my Versatile Snack Bars).
Like most of you I’m sure, I grew up eating oatmeal. But honestly, I grew up eating my oatmeal like the recipe I'm going to share. It's a wonderfully warm and can be a healthy breakfast (depending on what you add). Like everything, it's about moderation and making it work for you. But in general, grains are amazing "power" foods that can give some energy and fill you up for long periods of time.
This "recipe" has grown out of now having 5 kids, hence big batch, but can be used for large brunches or Christmas morning as well.
My oldest usually makes the oatmeal now, and my kids change up the added ingredients all the time. They’ll put chocolate chips, walnuts, craisins (those are dried cranberries by the way), even a chopped apple. The best thing about oatmeal is it’s versatility. So I'm going to share the basic recipe along with a list of added options, then you do you.
OK, First, you'll need...
8 Cups of water
dash of salt
4 cup of Old Fashion Oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Butter
1/2 cups half and half cream
Also... if you desire...
1 cup raisins/craisins (or really any dried fruit)
1/2 cup pecans/walnuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or more if you want)
3 apples chopped
OK, now that you have everything... let's get cooking!
Boil water and salt.
Stir in oats.
Cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat; stir occasionally. add sugar, any optional adds, cinnamon, vanilla, butter and heavy cream.
Turn heat off and continue stirring until thick (if you add dried fruit, your fruit should plump a little from the liquid).