Raisin Spice Oatmeal


When I was growing up, breakfast was a fairly predictable pattern – cereal in the summer and fall, instant oatmeal (or, as we called it, hot cereal) in the winter and spring.  When I stayed over at my grandma’s house and had her oatmeal, it was always a fantastic treat – of course, I later realized that she made hers from whole rolled oats rather than a package, which was why it was so good.  In an effort to incorporate more whole grains into my eating,  I have been eating more oatmeal lately, and I’m remembering how much I loved real oatmeal as a kid.  In experimenting with different ways to flavor my oatmeal these days, I remembered my childhood favorite flavor of “hot cereal” – Raisins & Spice.  The following is a combination of my new method of cooking oatmeal and my old favorite flavor – a perfect fusion of creamy oats, juicy raisins and warming spices.  Enjoy!

Raisin Spice Oatmeal

Ingredients for a single serving of oatmeal
1/3 cup raisins
1 tablespoon agave nectar
scant 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch nutmeg

  • Follow the instructions on the packaging of the oats you buy (I used Quaker today, but I also like McCann’s and the Whole Foods 365 Organic Rolled Oats) to make a single serving of oatmeal.
  • Take off heat and stir in agave nectar, raisins and spices.  Taste and make adjustments as needed.


Yield: Serves 1

Source: Inspired by Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Raisins & Spice.