When I was a child my mother always cooked our oatmeal or cream of wheat with some Red River cereal mixed in. I have carried the torch of tradition into my own kitchen and so I always have Red River cereal on hand for those cold winter months when nothing else will do but a warm bowl of oatmeal (best eaten in fleecy plaid pajamas while reading the Sunday paper or watching Saturday morning cartoons with the kids!). Forget about those processed, sugary instant oatmeal packages that send your blood sugar soaring and crash you down later like a dead tree in a wind storm, this recipe is quick, easy AND healthy, with just the right hint of natural sweetness courtesy of the banana and blueberries. If you are like my husband though and need added sweetener, feel free to drizzle a bit of pure maple syrup into your bowl. I always like to have a bag of blueberries on hand in the freezer, especially for this recipe, but if you want to enjoy your cereal hot, just remember to thaw them first. This cereal is very yummy cooled or at room temperature too, so you can also throw it in a container and bring it to work on those days when you just can’t eat breakfast and get out the door on time (which pretty much describes me every day of the week – lol!). Or make a big pot on a weekend morning and keep some of the cereal aside (without the banana & blueberries added) to re-heat early in the coming week.
As an added bonus: this cereal is kid-friendly!! Samuel just loves blueberries and he loves frozen blueberries even more. As a toddler, he frequently requested a bowl of frozen blueberries as a snack. Today he doesn’t tend to eat just straight frozen blueberries but I do top up his bowl with extra frozen blueberries when there is only the oatmeal left; somehow, it just doesn’t taste right to him unless it’s loaded with blueberries!!
(I cannot seem to find any pictures of Sammy eating the frozen blueberries but this photo with a blueberry smoothie from a couple of years ago, demonstrates his love of blueberries!)
Winter Warm-Up Banana-Blueberry Oatmeal
Makes two servings
- 2/3 cup large flake oats
- 1/6 cup Red River cereal
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 large banana, mashed
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- Non-dairy milk
Bring the water to a boil, add the oats and Red River cereal, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until all the water has been absorbed and the cereal has softened and thickened. Add the mashed banana and flaxseed to the pot and stir to combine. Divide the cereal into two bowls, top each with half the blueberries and add non-dairy milk as desired.