Vanilla, Nuts and Spiced Oatmeal for a crowd
Recipe type: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: Californian
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Serves:: 8 cups
Casual breakfast entertaining is how we serve a crowd for breakfast with a minimum of fuss!
  • 7 C Water
  • 1 t Kosher sea salt
  • 4 C Old-fashioned oats
  • 1 C Raisins
  • ½ C Walnuts, coarsely chopped, optional
  • 1 t Vanilla extract
  • ½ t Freshly ground Nutmeg
  • ½ C Dark brown sugar, plus more, to taste
  • 2 C Lowfat milk, divided
  • 1 t + ½ t ground cinnamon, to garnish
  • Garnish with fresh fruit, if desired
  1. In a Large saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
  2. Stir in the salt, oats and raisins, reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, place nuts, if using, in a dry skillet over a medium-high flame, and toast, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  4. Set aside.
  5. When the oats are cooked remove pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla, nutmeg and brown sugar.
  6. Place the oatmeal in serving bowls or keep warm in a chafing dish.
  7. Pour ¼ cup of milk on top of each bowl, and top with toasted (or untoasted) nuts and a light sprinkle of cinnamon.
Recipe by My Sweet California Life at