Some meals are too simple to ever justify paying for them; oats should be at the top of that category. In the corner restaurant near my apartment, cinnamon is considered a premium topping right next to blueberries and strawberries. Would you really pay extra for a finger-tip worth of cinnamon? Put that wallet away.
If you don’t have a go-to oatmeal recipe, Winter’s a good time to pick one up. It’s warm, hearty, and filling but quick and easy to put together for 1 or a crowd. You can dress this recipe up with walnuts, raisins, sliced apples, or any number of different mix-ins, but on its own it’s good, too.
The vanilla in this recipe adds a slightly savory and complex flavor to cut the sweetness of the maple, but if you’re making this for a picky palate you might want to leave it out.
Maple Vanilla Oatmeal
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Ingredients(Makes 2 Servings):
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Combine the oats, salt, and 2 3/4 cup water in a medium pot on the stove.
- Bring the pot up to a boil over medium-high heat stirring occasionally. Leave uncovered.
- As the water boils stir more constantly with a wooden spoon.
- When the oats have cooked and stick together, turn off the heat. Add in the vanilla, syrup, salt, and cinnamon and continue stirring for 20 seconds.
- Remove from the heat and let cool slightly before scooping into 2 bowls.
- Serve warm with brown sugar and cinnamon on top.