Fruit oatmeal

Nutritional and Delicious fruit oatmeal!

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease! Plus, who doesn’t love a nice warm bowl of oatmeal on these cold mornings?

This is quick to make, easy to do, and so much more delicious than what you get out of a packet of flavored oatmeal. You will get a whole serving of fruits, which, with the nuts, will lower the glycemic load of the oatmeal. The fruits used here are just a suggestion — be adventurous. If you like your oatmeal sweet, use a Golden Delicious apple. If you prefer it a little bitter, use one of the varieties suggested below. If you like your oatmeal with a lighter, creamier consistency, up the water-to-oatmeal ratio to 2¼ parts water to 1 part oatmeal

Ingredients

1 ⅓ cups rolled oats (⅓ cup dry for 1 serving)

2 ⅔ cup water (⅔ cup water for ⅓ cup oatmeal)

Generous pinch sea salt

1 tablespoon golden raisins

1 tablespoon dried cranberries

½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

2 apples (try tart Granny Smiths or Braeburns)

2 tablespoons sliced almonds, dry toasted

2 bananas, thinly sliced

Milk of your choice, or yogurt to taste

Instructions

Mix the oats, water, salt, raisins, cranberries, and cinnamon in a pan. Bring to a boil, stir well and then lower the heat to a low simmer. Cook, covered, for about 10 minutes, stirring the oatmeal from time to time so that it doesn’t”t stick.

While the oatmeal is cooking, grate the apple using the coarsest bore. When the oatmeal has cooked, stir in the grated apple until it is well mixed. Cover and turn the heat off. Leave the oatmeal for 5 minutes to steam. Serve sprinkled with almonds and sliced bananas, and with milk or yogurt on the side.