I know, it was the stuff of nightmares for some of us as children, but as adults, we can hardly overlook the benefits of a bowl of oatmeal. Aside from being warm and comforting on a cold winters morn, it is also low calorie, and an excellent way to help keep our cholesterol in check.
If we can dress it up a bit, so much the better.
Vanilla-Scented Oatmeal with Chia and Coconut
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
4 teaspoons chia
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup flaked coconut
milk or coconut milk and extra brown sugar for serving.
Combine rolled oats, water, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg in pot. Stir to combine and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes.
Stir in chia seeds and vanilla. Spoon into serving bowls and top with flaked coconut. Serve with milk and additional brown sugar.