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Vanilla Spice Oatmeal May 19, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast — kchrismon @ 4:55 pm

I got up and made this for breakfast before going to the gym. It was filling but not too filling, and it was so tasty! Again, I let out an “Mmm” from just smelling it! I love the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg. Delish. The original recipe called for raisins, but I substituted dried cranberries, “Craisins,” because I much prefer them. Hope you like this! It’s fast, easy, and perfect for any morning.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups water

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch nutmeg

1 tablespoon light or dark brown sugar, plus more, to taste

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

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. Top with toasted nuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Adapted from Ellie Krieger, Food Network

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