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Fall came early this year. Looking for a warm start to send your little ones off to school, give this a try. I woke up one cool morning and remembered Grandma's oatmeal. She had told me for years that it was good for me. So I decided to check it out that morning. According to, it is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, while being a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, selenium, and manganese. Its benefits, according to Wikipedia and WHFoods, include reducing cholesterol, protecting the circulatory system (due to its antioxidant compounds), may help Type 2 diabetics control their blood sugar level (with its beta-glucan content), and might also help stimulate the immune system.

OK, I was convinced. But honestly, I never like the oatmeal, not its texture nor its taste (which was served plain in my family). Many of the recipes I found called for the addition of butter and sugar to add taste. As an alternative, I experimented with dried fruit and other nutritious ingredients. It would be great if you can share your recipe as well.



1c Quick rolled oat

3c water (I like mine less thick. Adjust the amount of water based on your preference)

8 dried pitted dates, coarsely chopped

1/3c dried raison

1-1/2 Tbsp black sesame seed powder, available in Asian markets

1/2c walnut, coarsely chopped.


  • Toast walnut at 325°F toaster oven till golden (about 3 minutes).

  • Combine oat and water.

  • Cook in a simmer for about 5 minutes.

  • Stir occasionally.

  • Add dried fruit while simmering.

  • Stir in sesame seed powder.

  • Remove from heat.

  • Garnish with toasted walnut and serve.


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