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Ethan's Original Oaka-meal

One of the advantages of writing books with your children as the main characters is that you get the opportunity to memorialize small moments of everyday life. One of the things that I always loved was how little Ethan would say "I want oaka-meal!" meaning oatmeal. So, it was a natural thing to add that as a part of the Towers of Light series.

Light of Mine was reviewed by the Homeschool Review Crew recently and it made me smile how many families picked up on that detail and adopted it for their own. So I decided I should share Ethan's Original Oaka-meal. Even this name is a little unique because as a young child he would say "I'll have my original" when we went out to eat, when he really meant his "usual".

Ethan's favorite type of oaka-meal is apples and cinnamon. However, that's a little tricky because he's allergic to the pollen that collects in apple peels. So, if it's going to be apples and cinnamon, we really need to start with applesauce instead of cut apples. I'll also say that if we were going to cook this like the books, we'd need a wood fired oven and spider pot (Dutch oven). But that's for another time. For this recipe we'll stick to a crock pot.

Main Recipe


  • 2 Cups Steel Cut Oats

  • 2 Cups Unsweetened Applesauce

  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon

  • 4 Cups Water


  • 1 Cup measuring cup

  • 1 Crock pot

  • 1 Cooking dish with a lid that fits comfortably in the crock pot.

  • Pitcher (with a spout) filled with water

Start by filling your crock pot with about an inch of water from your pitcher.

Add the cooking dish to the crock pot, then pour the 4 cups of water into the cooking dish. This should cause the cooking dish to sink, and you can check the water level around the cooking dish. If it looks like it's close to going over the sides of the dish, then take it out and scoop a little water out.

Add the oatmeal and double check the water level again just to be safe. The main thing with the water bath is that you don't want to suddenly add a significant amount of water as you will end up with runny oaka-meal.

Next add the applesauce, checking the water again.

Then add the cinnamon. When you do this, it will just cover the water in a thin layer. So, you'll want to whisk the whole thing vigorously until it looks like the picture. You'll still have a significant amount of cinnamon on top, but stirring helps make sure the applesauce and steal cut oats cook consistently throughout.

Put the lid on the cooking dish, then the crock pot, and set it on low overnight.

In the morning when you open the crock you should be presented with something like this.