One-Pot Wonders

Toasted Oatmeal with Fruit & Spice

November  2, 2013
3 Ratings
Author Notes

This came to me one Friday night when I tired of oatmeal's creamy character.
I like it and will never go back to oatmeal of old.
This version leaves the oatmeal grains intact, nutty, almost millet like. The toasted nuts and spice take it beyond good.
I'll let you be the judge. —Kitchen Butterfly

  • Makes 4 - 6 portions
  • 2 cups quick-cook/instant oats
  • 1 whole apple (pears, stone fruit), chopped
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons whole nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc), roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, raisins, currants, etc)
  • 1/2 teaspoon spice, or to taste (cinnamon powder, ground cardamom, turmeric, etc)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk (I use Soy most times)
  • 1 cup water, room-temperature
  • Sweetener to taste: Sugar, Agave syrup, Maple syrup, etc
In This Recipe
  1. Place a large skillet on medium heat.
  2. Put the following ingredients in. In no particular order. Oats, apples, nuts, dried fruit, spices, and a pinch of salt. I love the combination of cinnamon and apple, with a pinch of freshly ground cardamom.
  3. Using a spoon, stir the mixture to combine. Continue stirring and tossing, for 8 - 10 minutes, till the oats take on a bronzed colour . (Note that at this point, you can choose to continue and cook up the entire batch {or you can remove what you don't need right away and store it in the fridge (for a couple of days) or deep freezer (for a few weeks)}.
  4. Turn the heat down to low and add half the milk and half the water. Stir, to combine and continue to cook on low heat. It takes about 10 minutes for it to get to the consistency I like which is creamy but with some texture to the oats. Yours might take longer. Or shorter. Its up to you.
  5. Continue cooking, adding more liquid till you're happy. (Permission given to adjust recipe. This should make for a tick!)
  6. Remove from heat and serve with your sweetener of choise

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