I read somewhere that the Ina Garten eats a plain bowl of oatmeal every morning, and if it’s her birthday – and only on her birthday – she adds a little maple syrup.
Oatmeal makes a regular appearance on my breakfast table as well, but for me, the oats are merely a healthy base for much more decadent flavors. And unlike the Barefoot Contessa, I want to celebrate each new day as if it’s my birthday. That’s why I decided to turn my daily bowl of porridge into five different cake flavors that are a snap to cook up and a treat to eat. And they don't even have much sugar — these are simply delicious ways to get your morning dose of whole grains (and maybe even a few vegetables).