Winter Oatmeal (pears, cranberries & walnuts)
Hey, Winter. After snowing in KC this past May, I think we can finally be friends again. See, winter is fairly mild here in Alabama (thankfully), so we’re good. 65 degrees today…truth.
Regardless, winter means it’s time for soup, crock-pot meals, cookies & oatmeal! Seriously, my daughter loves cookies & oatmeal & hearing her say “mmmm” when she eats them makes both of them worth cooking. I feel a little bit better about serving her oatmeal, however, so we try to do that a little more often.
I love quick, old-fashioned & steel-cut oats, but I will make steel-cut oats when I’m serving more than just myself. I like to make them in the crock pot overnight, like this, but you can make them on the stove top, as I suggest below.
Time to try this, mmmm.
2 cups of water or milk
1/2 cup steel-cut oats
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp flaxseed, optional
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
1 pear, diced small
additional milk & sugar, for serving
- Bring water or milk to a boil in a medium pot. Stir in oats, reduce heat to low.
- Simmer, uncovered, over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 min.
- Add salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, flaxseed, cranberries, walnuts & diced pear. Stir & cook an additional 5 min, or until oats reach desired consistency.
- Serve with additional milk & sugar, to taste.