Snow on a Mountain

I've loved porridge since I was a little girl and my Grandpa cooked it on the stove; he allowed me to heap spoonful after spoonful of brown sugar on top, the thousands of granules melting into sweet, delicious rivers. Later in life, when I'd just moved out and was in charge of my own grocery list for the first time, I bought packages of instant oatmeal, lured by the quick cook time and promise of only one dish to wash. Now that I'm a steel-cut kind of lady and have a dishwasher that can handle the collateral damage, my new mission is to get my daughter hooked. At Brownie camp, the bait to get the girls eating a big bowl of healthy, stick-to-your ribs porridge for breakfast is... ice cream. We call it Snow on a Mountain and I'm telling you, it's a hit. Here's my version.


For my version of Snow on a Mountain you'll need: 

  • Steel-cut oatmeal
  • Hemp hearts
  • Goji berries
  • Raisins
  • Vanilla ice cream

For one serving, bring 1/4 cup of oatmeal and 3/4 cup water to a boil. Simmer 5-7 min. When your porridge is to your desired consistency, scoop it into a bowl, add ice cream, and sprinkle on the toppings. Don't have my list of ingredients on hand? Here are some other porridge topping ideas you may find in your pantry, freezer, fridge, or fruit bowl:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cranberries
  • Banana
  • Dark chocolate
  • Peanut butter
  • Slivered almonds
  • Fresh berries
  • Frozen blueberries (or Saskatoons 😉) 
  • Crunchy granola
  • Cinnamon
  • Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) 

Any way you top it, Snow on a Mountain is quick, nutritious, and quite possibly your child's new favorite breakfast. I wish I could say it worked in getting my daughter on board but when I presented my dubious little imp with this bowl she exclaimed, "hey wait, that's just porridge in there!" Oh well, I enjoyed every spoonful.