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Wintertime Spiced Oatmeal


Steve and Susie Ellis prepare cream cheese-filled French toast or sweet-and-spicy bacon encrusted with brown sugar, chili powder and pecans. But for some, their spiced oatmeal has become a repeat request. “When I serve it to my guests with the cinnamon, the nutmeg and all those spices and cook it right ... they always say, ‘This is the best oatmeal I have ever had,’” says Ellis. 

Wintertime Spiced Oatmeal
| Makes 2 servings
Recipe courtesy of Mirabelle Bed & Breakfast

2 cups water
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup raisins
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pure maple syrup (optional)

In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. In a bowl, mix together dry ingredients, and then stir into boiling water. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. Remove from heat, then stir in the vanilla and divide into two bowls. Drizzle with warm maple syrup (optional). 

Additions: Add chopped bananas, chopped nuts, brown sugar or milk. For another wintry touch, grate orange zest on top. 

Bananas Foster Version: Warm 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 to 2 tablespoons of Kahlua in a skillet, then stir in one sliced banana. Top bowls of oatmeal with caramelized bananas.