Banana Oats

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: December 12, 2012
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: 15 minutes

This recipe is subtitled “A Perfect Baby Cereal” and that is a pretty good description. The contributor tells us it was her baby’s first cereal and is still his favorite four years later. She just doesn’t grind the oats as finely.

Cooking the oats in milk instead of water means no milk has to be added at the table. So the cereal is “thick enough to stay on an upside-down spoon” as baby learns to feed herself. The banana also supplies all the sweetening needed. So no starting baby on a sugar addiction.

And grown-ups can enjoy the cereal as well. It tastes good. For adults and older children, just don’t grind the oats as finely—or even at all.

Banana Oats

Banana oats
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup milk
½ ripe banana
½ cup milk

Grind rolled oats in a blender or processor until very fine.
Gradually stir the 1 cup cold milk into the oats, then pour into a saucepan.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low simmer.
Simmer for four minutes, stirring often.
Remove from heat and let stand, covered another five minutes.
Meanwhile, blend the banana with the other ½ cup of milk until frothy.
Stir into the cooked oats and serve.

A Cold Morning for Hot Peanut Cereal

Source: : Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: October 2, 2012
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: 15-20 minutes

This is one of my favorite breakfast porridges and I don’t wait for a cold morning to make it. I prefer the cracked wheat to the whole wheat flour, but the flour is good if you prefer a very creamy texture. For an interesting taste variation, use buckwheat flour instead of whole wheat flour. Delicious!

A Cold Morning for Hot Peanut Cereal

A Cold Morning for Hot Peanut Cereal
2 ½ cups water
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup whole wheat flour or cracked wheat (or a blend of both)
¾ cup raw peanut meal
1 ½ tsp. soy grits
¼ cup raisins
1-2 Tbsp. honey
½ cup milk

Stir salt, flour and/or cracked wheat, peanut meal and soy grits into cold water.
Heat porridge, stirring constantly to keep texture smooth and free of lumps.
As soon as mixture begins to bubble, reduce heat to low.
Add raisins and honey and let cook over low heat until mixture thickens (10-15 minutes)
Serve with milk.

Mostly Oats Granola

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: December 29, 2012
Yield: 11 cups (2.7 L)
Time needed: 30 minutes

Now this is my kind of granola.  I love the emphasis on the rolled oats and the suggestion of adding dried cranberries.  Actually, I tried dried saskatoons.  They are very good, too.

 

Mostly Oats Granola

Mostly Oats Granola

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Hot Spice Apple Oatmeal

Source: May All Be Fed:Diet for a New World
Date tried: November 9, 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 10-15 minutes

You may have guessed by now that I love hot oatmeal, as long as it is made with old-fashioned rolled oats. It’s a great way to start the day. You can have it plain or fancy according to taste, mood, and what’s on hand. This vegan version calls for dried apple slices and apple juice as part of the liquid.

Hot Apple Spice Oatmeal

Hot Apple Spice Oatmeal

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Easy Crunchy Granola

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: March 10, 2012
Yield: 12 cups
Time needed: approximately 30 minutes

This lives up to its name. A nice granola and easy to make. I like the generous amount of coconut in this one. The only drawback with granola is that it needs frequent attention to prevent burning. So choose a time to make it where you will not be interrupted by other chores.

Easy Crunchy Granola

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