This is quick to make and so much more delicious than a packet of flavored oatmeal. This recipe has a whole serving of fruits, which, with the nuts, lowers the glycemic load of the... oatmeal. The fruits used here are just a suggestion — be adventurous. To sweeten the oatmeal, use a Golden Delicious apple. For a little bitter taste, use one of the varieties suggested below.
Mix the oats, water, salt, raisins, cranberries, and cinnamon in a pan. Bring to a boil, stir well, then lower the heat to a low simmer. Cook, covered, for about 10 minutes, stirring the oatmeal from time to time so that it doesn't stick.
While the oatmeal is cooking, grate the apple using the coarsest bore. When the oatmeal has cooked, stir in the grated apple until it is well mixed. Cover and turn the heat off. Leave the oatmeal for 5 minutes to steam. Serve sprinkled with almonds and sliced bananas, and with milk or yogurt on the side.
To get a lighter, creamier consistency, up the water-to-oatmeal ratio to 2¼ parts water to 1 part oatmeal to get a lighter, which for one serving is ¾ cups water to ⅓ cups oatmeal.