Serves 3 to 4
1/4 to 1/2 cup crystallized ginger
1 cup whole rolled oats
1 cup milk or soy milk
1 medium banana, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon flaxseeds, optional
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon sugar, optional
1. Chop the ginger into small pieces.
2. Put all the ingredients into a 1-quart saucepan with 1 1/4 cups water; stir to combine. Cook over low to medium heat until oatmeal simmers lightly, about 15 minutes. Serve with strawberries and honey, if desired.
-- Warren Brown, "CakeLove in the Morning" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $24.95, 208 pages)