This is my "aromatherapy" breakfast for the household on chilly days. I made it when my daughter brought some friends from college home for the weekend. One young guy told me that he had eaten a lot of oatmeal in his life, but had never had any as delicious. "It's like dessert" was the consensus. Sometimes I leave out the banana, and change up the kind of dried fruit, depending on what I have in the pantry. —zora
4, or fewer with leftovers
canned coconut milk
small ripe banana, diced (or 2/3 large banana)
vanilla bean, split
slices of ginger root, peeled
nutmeg, freshly grated
golden raisins, dried apricots, white figs, chopped
slice of orange peel, without pith
In This Recipe
In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the water and milks.
Add the banana. Scrape out seeds from vanilla bean before adding the bean to the pot, and add the other spices, orange peel and salt.
When the liquid is at the boiling point, drizzle in the oatmeal, stirring constantly.
Add the dried fruit.
Simmer on a very low flame, on a flame tamer if possible, stirring frequently for a minimum of 30-40 minutes. Add more water, if it is getting too thick.