Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A hearty breakfast for a snowy morning

Yep, I said snowy.   Thankfully, we didn't get all of the snow that was being predicted, but we got enough.  The above photo is what it looks like out our front door this morning (after plowing).  Below, a photo of what it looks like from the back deck.

I've been thinking I should share a recipe that I've been making often in the past couple of weeks.  It's warm and comforting and ready in just a few minutes. It contains no refined sugar.  (And if you don't like bananas, read on.  It can be made with apples instead.)


2 cups hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup quick oats
1 banana, chopped
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
Chopped walnuts to taste
Raisins to taste (optional)

Place the hot water, salt, and cinnamon in a 1 1/2-quart glass or Pyrex casserole dish.  Microwave on High for 2 minutes.

Add the oats and microwave on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.  The mixture should be thick and bubbly.

Stir in the banana, maple syrup, and walnuts (and raisins if you are using them).   Photo below shows them not stirred in yet.

Cook on High for 1 to 2 minutes or until as thick as you like it.
Serve in bowls with a dab of butter and/or a drizzle of half and half, if you like.

This is supposed to make 2 servings, but we find that it makes at least 3 good-sized servings.  You can see how much remains in the casserole after I took a serving out.  I store the leftovers in a plastic container and we scoop out servings to reheat as needed on another day.
Now, for some further commentary on this:

* You can use shredded apples instead of the banana.  All other proportions would be the same.  I adapted this from an apple oatmeal recipe, in fact.  If you prefer to chop the apples, prepare to either cook it for a longer time or have crunchy apples.

* If you prefer not to use a microwave, this can be done on the stovetop.  It will just take a longer amount of time, but not a whole lot longer.  Follow the cooking directions on the oatmeal box and then cook for a few additional minutes (maybe 5), stirring, after adding the syrup, nuts and fruit.

I like to use the microwave because it's fast, and a glass casserole is far easier to clean up than a gummy oatmeal saucepan.  But every cook for him or herself.

Store leftovers in a covered container in the fridge and scoop out servings to reheat as needed.

Hope your family enjoys this if you try it.  We certainly do!


  1. That recipe sounds like something we will enjoy! Louis Dean loves oatmeal and I’ve never thought about cooking it in the microwave! Thank you for the recipe!

    I can’t even imagine snow! Later this week the DFW area of Texas will have record high temps in the 90’s! And our central AC is broke!

  2. Beautiful snow photos, spring is arriving daily here at the farm, I am keeping my fingers crossed that we don't have a late snow storm we have had snow in M.
    March before.
    We enjoy oatmeal, I have several recipes, and will add this one, thank you for sharing.

  3. If only oatmeal liked me as much as I like it. This recipe sounds delicious! How about that snow, eh? I decided against having a plow and I think that was a good choice as it has melted so fast today.

  4. Love your snow scenes! Looks beautiful! The oatmeal sounds delicious, but I think I would prefer it with the apple instead of the banana. I love bananas, but not cooked unless in a banana nut bread! But I agree with you about microwaving it. Much easier and cleaner! Thank you for sharing.


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