Spiced Anytime Oatmeal
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread oats in a shallow baking pan. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring twice.Advertisement
In a large saucepan combine toasted oats and the water, cinnamon, salt, allspice and ginger. Bring just to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Stir in milk and brown sugar. Simmer, covered, 15 to 20 minutes more or just until oats are tender and liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring occasionally. Stir in carrots and apricots.
Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Spoon desired number of servings into cereal bowls. Sprinkle each with about 1 1/2 tablespoon of the pecans.
Tip: If using a sugar substitute, we recommend Splenda(R) Brown Sugar Blend. Follow package directions 1/2 cup equivalent. Do not use sugar substitute when oatmeal will be stored in the freezer. Nutrition Per Serving with Substitute: Same as below, except 213 cal, 29 g carbs, (10 g sugars).
To make ahead: Prepare as directed through Step 2. Let stand, covered, 20 minutes. If needed, stir in additional milk, 1/4 cup at a time, to reach desired consistency. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover and chill up to 5 days. To reheat individual servings, spoon 1/2 cup oatmeal into a cereal bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap. Microwave on medium 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until heated through, stirring once. Sprinkle with about 1 1/2 tablespoon of the pecans.
To freeze: To freeze, prepare as directed through Step 2. Let stand, covered, 20 minutes. If needed, stir in additional milk, 1/4 cup at a time, to reach desired consistency. Spoon into lightly greased 2 1/2-inch muffin cups, using 1/4 cup oatmeal for each cup; smooth tops. Cover and freeze 4 to 6 hours or until firm. Transfer frozen oatmeal cups to a plastic freezer bag; seal and place in an airtight container. Freeze up to 3 months. To reheat individual servings, place two frozen oatmeal cups in a cereal bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap. Microwave on medium 2 minutes. Break up oatmeal. Microwave 2 minutes more; stir. Microwave 1 to 2 minutes more or until heated through. Sprinkle with about 1 1/2 tablespoon of the pecans.
1 1/2 fat, 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate