Whole oats take a little longer to cook than instant, but they're higher in fiber, have a chewier texture, and stick to your ribs longer.
3 cups water
3 cups fat-free milk
2 cups whole oats (not instant)
1/2 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
How to Make It
Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in 4 tablespoons brown sugar and next 3 ingredients. Spoon 1 cup oatmeal in each of 6 bowls. Sprinkle evenly with pecans and remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Serve immediately.