Oatmeal with Bugs (raisins) in it!

Kim Biegacki

By
@pistachyoo

First thing we would hear in the morning from Grandpa Campbell, "Do you want Oatmeal with Bugs in it?" my Sissy & I would yell down the stairs "yes" we want "bugs" in it.
Funny, how fond memories stay with you a lifetime. It was one of our favorite breakfast meals that Grandpa served. I loved how he cooked the raisins and made them plump.

Since then, the addition of blackstrap molasses I have added due to my Iron deficiency.
Blackstrap Molasses is extremely good for you. Some of the health benefits are:It is a good source of manganese, copper, iron and calcium. It also has 1/2 the sugar of sorghum molasses. For 1 Tbsp. it is only 13 carbs. and add the fiber in from the Oats and it is a great meal.
(You can always omit the brown sugar and use Truvia or another brand of natural sugar too.)

Well, I know it is a simple recipe but it is a most memorable one for me and I hope you enjoy.


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Serves:

4 people

Prep:

5 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

4 c
water or milk
1 c
steel cut oats
1/2 c
raisins, cooked to plump them up
2 1/2 Tbsp
butter
2 Tbsp
brown sugar, lightly packed
1 1/2 tsp
sea salt
1/4 c
milk or cream, (or soy or rice milk)

MY ADDITION

1 Tbsp
blackstrap molasses

Directions Step-By-Step

1
The three main ingredients
First thing we would hear in the morning from Grandpa Campbell, "Do you want Oatmeal with Bugs in it?" my Sissy & I would yell down the stairs "yes" we want "bugs" in it.
Funny, how fond memories stay with you a lifetime. It was one of our favorite breakfast meals that Grandpa served. I loved how he cooked the raisins and made them plump.

Since then, the addition of blackstrap molasses I have added due to my Iron deficiency. ( Black-strap Molasses is extremely good for you. Some of the health benefits are:It is a good source of manganese, copper, iron and calcium. It also has 1/2 the sugar of sorghum molasses. For 1 Tbsp. it is only 13 carbs. and add the fiber in from the Oats and it is a great meal.)
(You can always omit the brown sugar and use Truvia or your favorite sweetener.)
2
In a small saucepan fill half way with water and bring to a boil. Add your raisins and cook on medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes.
3
Here is what your raisins look like after the plumping. :-)
4
In medium sized saucepan put your 4 cups of milk or water or even 1/2 and 1/2 and bring to a boil. Add your oats and reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered on low for 25 - 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
5
Before taking off the stove I add the 1 tbsp. of blackstrap molasses if you want it. If not, omit.
Pour your oats into a bowl and add raisins.
6
Now, add your butter, brown sugar, salt and 1/4 cup of milk or cream and stir. Now you are ready to eat a "stick to your ribs" breakfast. Delish!!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy