When I first started publishing oatmeal recipes, I used raisins in almost everything. They were cheap and predictable, making them an easy addition to nearly everything I tried: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Banana Bread Oatmeal, Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal, Zucchini Bread Oatmeal, Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal, etc. Raisins all around!
I realized recently that I had kind of forgotten about them. My carton of them had been pushed to the back of my cupboard, and I rarely dragged them out. Something about today’s recipe made me recall these good ol’ raisin days, and I decided to bring them back into my life. 🙂
More importantly, this oatmeal is also topped with a luscious spoonful of almond butter. This was my first jar of almond butter since last fall when I made MOCHA BROWNIE BATTER OATMEAL WITH ALMOND BUTTER (caps to emphasize its AWESOMENESS). I bought this jar as a prize for myself for accomplishing a goal…because that’s the kind of person that I am. I set goals and then reward myself with nut butter when I accomplish them.
- [eats] baked sweet potato topped with sauteed kale, soyrizo, and mashed avocado
- [people] Food photographer Brian Samuels – @myfoodthoughts
What you'll need:
- 3/4 cup milk of choice (or water)
- 1/2 cup quick cook steel cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1 smallish sweet potato, peeled and cooked (or 1/2 a large one)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
- pinch of salt
- almond butter for topping
- raisins for topping
How to make it:
- Bring milk/water to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- Mash sweet potato. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, stir into the oatmeal.
- Add vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Stir. You could stir in some raisins if you want as well.
- When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add another splash of milk and top with almond butter, raisins, and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, fresh fruit, nuts, etc.).