Now that my family has gotten into a fairly regular routine, breakfast has become a family affair. It’s one more chance for us to spend time together and connect before the day begins. The tastier and quicker it is to throw together, the more likely we’ll be to make the time to sit and enjoy each others company.
The nights are cold – in our apartment we have no control over the heat and it has yet to come on, so I’m bundling the kids up in layers of clothes before they go to bed. We’re all waking up hungry and in need of extra warmth and comfort. Nothing sticks to your ribs and warms you from the inside out, like a big bowl of oatmeal.
This Banana Walnut Oatmeal is even more comforting because as it simmers it fills the house with the smell of baking banana bread. If that doesn’t get the family flocking to the table I don’t know what will.
Sitting around the table with a warm breakfast, fall spices wafting through the air, surrounded by your family, talking about the day ahead – what could be a better start to the day?
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk or almond milk
- 1 banana, mashed
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar or maple syrup
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- Place water, milk, banana, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar (or maple syrup) in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Stir in oats. Simmer over medium heat for 8 minutes or until desired thickness. Stir in walnuts just before serving.
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