Oatmeal – The Ultimate Comfort Food

by Jenn on February 20, 2009

in Breakfast,Budget,Pastas and Grains

Warning – this post is not gluten free!


Most people when they think of oatmeal, they think of some Quaker instant packet that you add water to and stick in the microwave, that hardly even resembles real food.  When cooked correctly though, oatmeal is a filling, tasty, healthy, and satisfying meal.  While this is totally NOT gluten free, REAL oatmeal is my favorite type of breakfast on a cold day, and still takes under 10 minutes to make from scratch.  Recipe below is for one serving, very easy to make big batches though for multiple people.


1/2 cup oats
about 1 cup milk (give or take depending on your consistency preference)
1 oz. of nuts (walnuts, pecans, or sliced almonds work great – a 1oz. serving is just enough to fit in the palm of your hand – if they are walnuts or pecans, I like to crush them a bit before adding)
1 oz. dried fruit (raisins are awesome, though currently I’ve become a big fan of dried goji berries available in bulk section at Whole Foods)
1/2 tbsp. butter
pinch salt
pinch nutmeg
pinch cinnamon
brown sugar (for garnish)

Mix everything together in a pot (except b. sugar), use Med. High heat and stir so things don’t burn or stick until all are incorporated and oatmeal is desired consistency. Pour in mug or bowl and garnish with brown sugar.


Oatmeal is not just for the crunchy granola types.  There is something about the “getting back to the basics” feel of eating real homemade oatmeal though that is intensely satisfying.

On using milk.  Milk is a MUST to good oatmeal.  If you use water, the oatmeal will taste like it.  Trust me, switch to using milk.  Once you do, you’ll never be satisfied with watery oatmeal ever again.

I know some of you are going to say “butter?!! I thought you said this was healthy!”  Ok, so you can leave out the butter if you want.  But this entire meal as I have listed here, is about 500 calories.  Cutting out the butter would bring it down to around 450 calories (b/c I only call for 1/2 tbsp), and it’s not completely necessary, though I’ve found adding it adds a richness to the oatmeal that I’ve come to enjoy.  Your breakfast should be a substantial meal, so that it can last through the day and you don’t find yourself gorging at other meals.  Just my two cents on nutrition.

Oh and I just love my Michael Aram Forest Leaf platters!  They were a wedding gift from my parents and my sister.  Seriously, his work is exquisite.  If I had an infinite supply of spending money, besides buying all sorts of cool stuff for my kitchen, I would buy his entire forest leaf collection.