This morning, while preparing breakfast, I couldn't help but compare the ingredients I was using to those of a similar ready-made product available in the grocery store.
The dish I was making was quite simple – it was rolled oats with a bit of sugar, some cocoa powder, and a bit of milk. That's four ingredients and every single one of them makes sense.
In contrast, the store-bought variety contained about 15 ingredients. It also costs a whole lot more, too.
I had learned to make this simple yet filling breakfast while in kindergarten and it has always stuck with me. So simple, so perfect for a child's palate (and even to my adult palate, this is quite acceptable and I find myself craving it fairly often), and of course, it's mostly beige and thus perfect for a site dedicated to mostly beige recipes that cater to difficult and finicky eaters.
I must admit that I have eaten this dish for breakfast essentially for the past three months straight. I have no yet grown tired of it and I like that I can make it exactly to my taste – a little sweeter when I want to, and a little less so when I don't.
I am also happy to move away from those crazy sugar and sodium-laden cereals. Admittedly, I have never been a big fan and have always preferred muesli. However, while there are quite a few mueslis I like when I travel through certain parts of Europe, I find mueslis in the U.S. to be lame, bland, and unloved concoctions that utterly lack in creativity and flavor. For the most part, muesli in the U.S. means a bunch of rolled oats with some raisins and the occasional nut thrown in. All of that seems to warrant a price of about $5 for a small package. That seems silly and pointless to me. Thus, I went back to my childhood breakfast of choice and have never looked back.
Here, then, it is – as simple and quick as it gets:
1-2 Tbs. sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
1 Tbs. Cocoa powder (not for chocolate milk but for baking)
½ cup rolled oats
¾ cup milk
Let's get started:
Mix the sugar and the cocoa powder and ensure that the cocoa powder doesn't have any clumps.
Add the oats and mix again.
Add the milk, stir, and serve!