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.