Thick, hearty, cooked rolled oats, raisins and nuts fill this lightly sweetened lumberjack oatmeal. This hot cereal is true comfort food, warming you up on cold winter mornings.
Cooked, rolled oats with nuts and raisins in every bite. You don’t have to cut trees in order to enjoy this hearty breakfast. This is a recipe that Matt grew up on and talks about every winter. I put him to work this past week, recreating the recipe based on the ingredients that his aunt told him were in it. I love seeing him work in the kitchen. He can follow a recipe, but he can also whip up delicious recipes by just throwing things together. I was completely depending on him for this one since I had never tasted lumberjack oatmeal.
Oats are a great source of fiber and nutrients They are naturally gluten free, although if you need 100% gluten free make sure you buy oats that are labeled that since oats are processed in the same factories as non-gluten free foods. I like to eat oatmeal because it makes me feel full which means I won’t be snacking all morning.
If you don’t add a lot of sugar and watch your portion sizes, oatmeal is a great way to start the day. It will fill you up, provide fiber and important minerals such as magnesium, zinc and iron. For flavor, add fresh fruit, nuts, or a sprinkling of cinnamon. A special treat like this lumberjack oatmeal should only be eaten on occasion because of the added sugar.
This recipe calls for old fashioned rolled oats. So how do these compare to quick oats? It’s a matter of processing. Quick oats are rolled oats that are processed and “chopped up” more so that they cook faster. According to Quaker Oats, there are no major differences in the nutritional value of the different types of oats. Use whichever oats you need for your recipe!
Making oatmeal on the stove takes a bit more time than quick cook oats in the microwave, but if you like a hearty oatmeal they are worth it!
If you are short on time or don’t have access to a stove, you can make old fashioned oats in the microwave:
In this lumberjack oatmeal, you’ll add walnut and raisins. We flavor it with salt, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Brown sugar and a touch of molasses add sweetness. I was completely expecting this recipe to be sweeter than it was. I love that it is not overly sweet. If you’d like your oatmeal a little sweeter, you can increase the brown sugar or the molasses…or both. 🙂