Pear Maple Oatmeal

by Chrissy


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Gotta love a good ol’ hearty cup (or bowl) of oatmeal.

It’s just one of those comfort foods. One of those “stick to your bones” kind of breakfasts. But not in a bad way.

Oatmeal is so good for you!

I should probably rephrase that. Some places [like McDonald’s, eh hem] can mess up a really good bowl of oats, by adding artificial flavorings, tons of sugar, and weird preservatives that are hard to pronounce. People– just stick with the good stuff! The homemade stuff.

Try to stay away from those individual packets, too. Really, I encourage you to take 20 minutes out of your Sunday and prepare a nice big vat of stove-top oatmeal, that you can eat for breakfast all week long!

 

Don’t make “eating healthier” your challenge; instead, set a tangible goal and take the first step.

Let me show you:

Grab your oats. We buy them in bulk. Throw in some whole flax seeds and wheat germ. The fiber will really do your body some good and will help keep you fuller, longer.

Throw into a pot on the stove and add the water and milk. Feel free to use whatever milk you would like. I don’t discriminate. But I did, I would say almond milk all the way. Maple Almond Oatmeal? Heck yes.

That was fun. Now, add the spices.

When in doubt, always add more cinnamon and/or pumpkin spice. Those are words that I live by.

Wait, those don’t look like golden raisins??!! Let’s take a closer look.

Yep. They are golden. Jumbo golden raisins, at that. Who knew?

‘Tis time to give another stir and pop on that lid to let simmer for about 20 minutes.

Serve and enjoy. But first, please indulge with a splash of milk, a dash of cinnamon, or a drop on top of maple syrup!

Mmm.

 

Pear Maple Oatmeal

Serves 8-10 

Ingredients:

4 cups of water

4 cups of soy milk (or another milk)

4 ½ cups of rolled-oats

1 ½ Tbsp wheat germ (optional)

2 Tbsp flax seeds (optional)

1 tsp pumpkin spice

2 tsp cinnamon

2-3 Tbsp Grade B pure maple syrup

2 medium pears, cored and diced

1/2 -3/4 cup golden raisins, roughly chopped

 

Directions:

Add water, soy milk, oats, flax seed, and wheat germ, to a large sauce pan. Heat on medium high until it comes to a boil, then turn heat to low. Add pumpkin spice, cinnamon, maple syrup, pears and golden raisins to the oatmeal and mix in. Cover and let simmer on low for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the bottom doesn’t burn. Enjoy with a splash of milk and a dash of cinnamon.

 

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,

Chrissy

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14 Responses to “Pear Maple Oatmeal”

  1. this oatmeal looks like sweet and creamy perfection. yum!

    thanks for saying hi…been so busy with life lately. Havent been clicking off my reader to comment as much lately.

  2. Wow this looks amazing and your pictures are absolutely beautiful!! I will definitely be trying this in my immediate future :)

  3. This looks so delicious! I love mixing all the oatmeal accoutrements into the pan to get everything warm and soft :) Yum!

  4. This looks so amazing! I love that you added the flax and wheat germ! Yum.. We eat oatmeal several times a week and I can’t wait to try this! Have a wonderful week!

  5. Your oatmeal looks delish!!! I love the combo of flavors here :)

  6. Happy New Year 2012 Chrissy! Though I rarely eat oatmeal, this recipe is something that wouldn’t mind trying and probably make some for my niece too when she’s older. She would love that there’s pear in them. Thanks for buzzing me over at my blog, and I can’t wait to read through your older posts too. Cheers~

  7. What a fantastic recipe! I love oatmeal, especially in the cold weather. I never thought of adding pears to it. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks! Happy New Year!

  8. I love oatmeal. And I love this recipe!!

  9. Chrissy

    Thanks Matt! We make it in bulk and then enjoy it the whole week through! But you could definitely make it in a smaller batch.

  10. Chrissy

    you know what is also good in the cold weather? Cream of Wheat! Mmmm… I’d like some of that.

  11. Chrissy

    Cheers to you as well! I hope that you are enjoying the first few weeks of the New Year. I look forward to perusing your blog as well!

  12. Chrissy

    Thanks! And they still taste just as delicious a week later!

  13. Chrissy

    I learned from my mom to always add a little extra seeds and grains to add more texture, flavor and to fill up the belly! There are just so many great things to add into oatmeal it makes me so excited to switch it up with new ingredients!

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