We all grew up eating bowls of lumpy oatmeal for breakfast, and everyone has favorite toppings to make porridge more palatable. My recipe transforms a ho-hum morning staple into something that will make the kids jump out of bed! —Kristen Moyer, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Brownie Batter Oatmeal Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Place dates in a heatproof bowl; cover with boiling water. Let stand until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup liquid. Place dates in a food processor; process until smooth, adding as little of the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth texture.
In a small saucepan, whisk milk, almonds, oats, cocoa and 1/4 cup date puree until blended. (Save remaining puree for another use.) Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. If desired, garnish with raspberries and sliced almonds.