Apple & Pear Oatmeal with Brown Sugar and CinnamonElizabeth Stark
Today was the first rainy, miserable day of autumn in Brooklyn. It’s like an oatmeal commercial out there. And you know what’s perfect on a day like an oatmeal commercial? Oatmeal. A warm bowl of oatmeal with fresh fall fruit, a little brown sugar, and a splash of milk is a comforting way to prepare to face an uncomfortable world.
This oatmeal was also a great family breakfast, appealing to grown-ups, kids, and toddlers alike. It’s downright loaded with fresh fruit, so it’s a healthy way to start the day too! A hint of brown sugar and fresh-grated cinnamon ensure that the kids will come back for more of this whole grain breakfast treat.
I like my oatmeal on the firm side, so my recipe details the proportions and cook time that I prefer. If you like your oatmeal on the softer side, go with a ratio of 1 part oats to 2 parts water and cook for a total of 20 minutes.
Apple & Pear Oatmeal with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 cups pears and apples, cored and minced
1 teaspoon fresh-grated cinnamon
In a medium pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the salt, and stir in the oats. Turn heat to low. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the brown sugar and prepared fruit. Cook for an additional 7 minutes.
Check oats for doneness, and finish with the cinnamon. Serve with a sprinkle of brown sugar, fresh fruit slices, and a splash of milk.