Today I am going to commit a sacrilegious act. One no Dominican child is ever allowed to do. I am going to criticize my mother’s cooking, may the cooking goddess have mercy on my soul.
I hated my mom’s oatmeal when I was a child. There was something about that bland, slimy concoction that turned my stomach. It wasn’t all my mother’s fault really, she just cooked it the way she herself had eaten it as a child, I assume, and the same way countless other children did. But to me there was nothing redeeming about that dish.
Then I bore a child of my own. Truth be told oatmeal is all that is cracked up to be. Mom was right, it was really good for me.
My sweet spawn loves oatmeal, but that is because both mommy and daddy cook different versions, my husband serves it to her made in the traditional Danish way, and I have come up with a modified version of the one my mom served. And not to appear immodest, but my oatmeal will rock your socks off.
Forget about boring instant oatmeal. Crunchy textures, delicious fruit and a touch of sweetness makes this the perfect oatmeal breakfast for kids.
- 4 cups of rolled oats (not instant)
- 9 cups of milk (I use soy milk for myself and it tastes fine)
- 3 tablespoons of coarse brown sugar
- 1 cup of fruit of your choice, sliced (bananas, strawberries, plums, etc)
- 1/2 cup of sliced almonds or nut of your choice
- 1 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- A pinch of salt
- Mix salt, oatmeal, half the sugar, cinnamon stick and milk in a heavy saucepan and let it rest for 5 mins.
- Bring this mixture to a boil over medium heat.
- Stir to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
- When the milk has been absorbed and you obtain a soft porridge remove from the fire.
- Serve in individual bowls, and garnish with the fruit and nuts, sprinkle with the remaining sugar and the cinnamon powder.
To make this according to the original Dominican recipe just skip the almonds and fruits. The original Dominican oatmeal is very simple, although nutritious. Adding fruits and nuts makes it even more so.
If there is anything that you don't like, feel free to skip it. You can also substitute the brown sugar and use honey instead. I like the crunchiness of the brown sugar though.