Tiny House Hot Oatmeal for Cold Winter Mornings

One morning we woke up to discover that Ella’s water had frozen in her water dish.  No wonder she loves cuddling up with us on a cold winter night.  It really did get cold outside the covers a time or two, but we are snuggled up in our cozy warm burrito of wool comforter and goose down with the dog cuddled up close.  After a night when the temps really get low, and the tiny house is feeling particularly chilly – a hot breakfast is just the thing!  So here’s my recipe for hot oatmeal that is super easy to make, and very tiny house friendly:

1 cup water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon raw honey
pinch sea salt

I bring this to a boil until the raisins have plumped and the coconut oil is melted then I add
1/2 cup oatmeal – and I’m using quick oats.

Cook gently, stirring often until it is the consistency you like.  This won’t take long at all if you purchase quick oats, and yes of course you can use butter instead of coconut oil, yum!

This recipe makes more than enough for one person for breakfast, and my dog gets what I don’t want.  But like I said, dogs shouldn’t have raisins, so I make sure I’ve picked them all out before I offer it to her.  If my Austrian is home, I double the recipe and add less raisins.

For those with food allergies, oatmeal is commonly considered gluten free… however, I understand that it has a similar compound in there to gluten, so I no longer consider it a gluten free food.

Jamie Oliver has all kinds of gourmet ideas for dressing up oatmeal such as apple and blackberries, bananas and almonds… and all of that sounds amazing. However, at my house we’re slightly more likely to garnish the oatmeal with the ever-charming gummy bears which is always good for a laugh.  =)

What is your favorite breakfast food on a cold winter morning?  Let me know in the comments.

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