Maple Walnut Oatmeal

My theme for this month appears to be all about making things easier with getting 4 kids off to school.  This one is about breakfast.  My kids like oatmeal - but they would gladly eat the instant stuff every day.  I do resort to that sometimes, but I really am trying to avoid it.  I am really trying to focus more on real foods, more whole foods, less processed foods, no refined sugars, etc.  So instead - I make up a big pot of real cooked oatmeal, but this one is already flavored and doctored up and all ready to go - so all I have to do is re-heat and serve.  Maybe even easier than tearing open the package and adding hot water - and certainly better.
This is a big pot - I'm thinking it should get us through the school week, you could certainly cut it down.
Maple Nut Oatmeal:
8 cups water
4 cups thick rolled oats (not quick cooking - the old fashioned kind!)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 - 1 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
couple tablespoons butter (I love butter in oatmeal)
  • Boil water
  • add all ingredients except milk and butter
  • simmer for about 15 minutes - until mostly cooked
  • cover and let sit for at least 5 minutes
  • stir in milk and butter
Serve immediatly, or let it cool and pack it away in the fridge.  For breakfast, just scoop the desired amount into a bowl, reheat in the microwave, and add a little more milk or cream (my kids are skinny), and a little more syrup if you want it sweeter.
This picture really doesn't do it justice.  I'll try and take another.  But you can see how nice and plump the raisins get.