Oatmeal with Bugs (raisins)

★★★★★ 4 Reviews
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By Kimberly Biegacki
from Canfield, OH

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.

serves 4 people
prep time 5 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 4 c
    water or milk
  • 1 c
    steel cut oats
  • 1/2 c
    raisins, reconstituted
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
    butter
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    sea salt
  • 1/4 c
    milk or cream
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp
    blackstrap molasses
  • OTHER ADDITIONS
  • fresh fruit, goji berries, nuts, peanut butter or almond butter
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How To Make

  • 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 reconstituted the raisins to make 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 20 minutes.
  • 3
    Here is what your raisins look like after they are reconstituted.
  • 4
    In medium sized saucepan add 4 cups of milk or water and bring to a boil. Add oats and reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered on low for 25 - 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • 5
    Before taking off the stove add the plumped raisins and 1 - 2 tbsps of black strap molasses if wanted. It gives a richer flavor as well.
  • 6
    Spoon out servings into bowls and add to your liking.... butter, brown sugar, salt, milk or cream and stir. Also, if you like walnuts, goji berries or even fresh fruit. Now you are ready to eat a "stick to your ribs" breakfast. Delish!!
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