If you’re looking for a healthy way to make your breakfast oats more delicious, Krissy’s Winter Oatmeal uses pear, pomegranate, vanilla bean & more.
Sometimes I like to post recipes that are so simple, you don’t really need to follow the recipe to get similar results, but rather I share them so that maybe you think “hmm, I had never thought of doing it that way before.” This oatmeal is one of those posts. Its basically a recipe for oatmeal with all sorts of goodies mixed in, but if you’ve never thought of adding in vanilla bean, cooked pear, walnuts, and or fresh pomegranate seeds, boy are you in for a treat.
During the winter, as I long for the long summer days and reminisce about all the glorious berries Oregon has to offer during the summer months, I stare at the overwhelming amount of pears getting ripe in my fruit basket. I’m not sure if you’re lucky enough to get big beautiful organic pears at your Costco, but we get them at ours and I buy a ton of them. Pears, however, are not a fruit that you continue to love eating raw. Sure, the first few of the season are always a treat, but after awhile the gritty fruit and the thick peal seem… less appealing. So what do I do? I peel them, chop them up, and cook ’em with vanilla bean and real maple syrup. In fact, that’s pretty much how I make my vanilla bean applesauce, except for that I use fresh lemon juice instead of maple syrup. I love to put cooked vanilla pears on my pancakes, but I also love to put them in my oatmeal. If you’ve never combined the wonderful-ness of a vanilla bean with steel cut oats, you’re missing out. I love to add the walnuts for the protein to keep me going and the pomegranate seeds are fantastic for that juicy flavorful crunch a good bowl of oatmeal needs. I bring a bowl of this stuff to work with me every day, enjoy it along side a hard boiled egg for some extra protein, and it carries me through all morning including a mid day workout!
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup steel cut oats (I use Bob's Red Mill Organic quick cooking steel cut oats)
- 1 vanilla bean, split length wise
- 2 large ripe pears, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts
- 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
- In one pot, boil water with salt over high heat. Add the oats, stir, and reduce heat to medium low. Stir occasionally.
- In a separate pot, combine pears, vanilla bean, and maple syrup. Heat over medium heat, smashing the pears and vanilla bean while stirring. Cook until very soft and tender, about 10 minutes.
- Once oatmeal is done, add pear mixture to the oats. Top with pomegranate seeds and walnuts.