"Oatmeal is a breakfast staple at our house," relates Lynne Van Wagenen from Salt Lake City, Utah. "It's a warm nutritious start to the day that keeps us going all morning. We used to buy the oatmeal mixes, but we think our homemade version is better! Feel free to substitute raisins or other dried fruit for the apples."
"My daughters love packaged oatmeal flavored with maple and brown sugar," explains Marcy Waldrop from Pasadena, Texas. "But because the oatmeal can be expensive, I created my own spice mix for oatmeal. The girls think it tastes better than the store-bought variety."
I've always loved to cook. And coming from a family of seven brothers and three sisters, there was always someone willing to be my "guinea pig"! I still like to try new recipes, but this tried-and-true dish is one of my favorites.
“As my children grew, we were going through lots of those little oatmeal packets,” writes Renee Endress of Galva, Illinois. “I found it's cheaper to make your own. This creation is simple and filling, and the Amaretto flavor makes it extra special.”
"This thick satisfying oatmeal is wonderful when overnight guests visit for the holidays," suggests Ericka Willea, Twin Lake, Michigan. "We set up an 'oatmeal bar', offering a variety of fruits and nuts to top steaming bowlfuls."
Meet the Cook: The first time I had this treat was at a bed-and-breakfast in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. To me, it tasted just like a big warm-from-the-oven oatmeal cookie!
I'm a pastor's wife. We have three children - ages 8, 6 and 2.
-Colleen Butler, Inwood, West Virginia
Would you like breakfast ready for you when the sun comes up? If so, try my hot cereal. It's so simple...just place the ingredients in the slow cooker and turn it on before you go to bed. In the morning, enjoy a healthy, warm and satisfying dish.