“I want oatmeal!” Isabelle declared this morning.
“Okay, that works for me,” I replied.
“Nah Elma oatmeal, Bahb oatmeal!” (Translation: Not Elmo’s oatmeal, Bob’s oatmeal.)
That’s right. She put me on notice, knowing what I’d try to do to save time. She didn’t want the Earth’s Best instant oatmeal that features Elmo on the box. She wanted to make her oatmeal from scratch using old fashioned rolled oats from Bob’s Red Mill. And, no, you didn’t miss anything. She’s still three.
Ever since the first day of school this year, Isabelle has helped her teacher make the oatmeal from scratch. In fact, she will no longer eat instant oatmeal! (Perhaps it’s because she knows just how good the stove-top version of oatmeal tastes.)
I gathered the ingredients we’d need, got my Vine ready, set Isabelle up in her play kitchen, and let her get the oatmeal started. Here’s how it’s done:
Izzy’s Oatmeal (adapted from Ms. Jackie, her teacher)
- 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Organic Regular Rolled Oats
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 tsp. fine crystal salt
- ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- maple syrup (to serve)
- Combine oats and water in a medium saucepan. Stir.
- Stir-in salt.
- Shake in as much cinnamon as your heart desires. Stir.
- Add butter.
- Stir in the raisins now. (Yes, now! Do not add them later. Adding them now will make them nice and plump!)
- Allow the mixture to soak for 1 – 2 minutes.
- Hand off to mommy.
- Bring to a boil on stove.
- Simmer for 10 minutes on low heat.
- Remove from burner.
- Portion into bowls and allow to cool.
- Add maple syrup to serve.