I love oatmeal for breakfast on those ‘cold’ Hawaii mornings. It is sort of hard to make one cup of oatmeal at a time as it messes up a pot and so I usually make two cups and throw out half.

And, no I don’t like instant oatmeal. Only the Old Fashioned type will do. Not even the quick one minute variety. I used to love a big bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar and real unsalted butter on top. Also some real cream.

Now I just sprinkle on a little brown sugar and some I Can’t Believe its not Butter. A little milk or fat free half and half, and it’s almost the same.

Here is a good solution that I will try, just as soon as I buy some Vanilla Almond Breeze. Thank you Hungry Girl. (Of course you could easily halve this recipe)

For those of you who don’t know, growing oatmeal is an HG oatmeal recipe that’s made with twice the ordinary amount of liquid and cooks for twice as long as average oatmeal made with old-fashioned oats — the result is a HUGE bowl of oatmeal.

HG’s Big Batch of Growing Oatmeal
1/4th of recipe (about 1 2/3 cups): 204 calories, 6g fat, 252mg sodium, 31.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 1g sugars, 6.5g protein — PointsPlus® value 5*

Ingredients:
4 cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
2 cups old-fashioned oats
8 no-calorie sweetener packets (like Splenda or Truvia), or HG Alternative
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a large nonstick pot. Add 4 cups water, and mix well. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.

Stirring often, cook until thick and creamy, about 25 minutes.

If you like, serve yourself a portion, and let slightly cool and thicken. Otherwise, transfer to a large container. Stirring occasionally, let cool completely, about 2 1/2 hours.

Cover and refrigerate. To serve, stir oatmeal and reheat. Enjoy!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

HG Alternative: Use 1/3 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated) in place of the packets. Or use 1/3 cup sugar, and each serving will have 259 calories, 46g carbs, 17.5g sugars, and a PointsPlus® value of 7*.

That recipe is for our classic creamy vanilla oatmeal base. Wanna zazzle it up? Add fresh fruit like blueberries, chopped apples, mashed banana, or sliced strawberries. Stir in some sugar-free pancake syrup or low-sugar fruit preserves. You can add more decadent stuff too — mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, shredded sweetened coconut, even reduced-fat peanut butter — but watch those portions! The recipe makes four servings, so keep that in mind when adding extras. Want some more oatmeal inspiration? There’s an entire “Growing Oatmeal Bowls” chapter in HUNGRY GIRL TO THE MAX! Enjoy…

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