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I have such fond memories in regards to oatmeal. Every morning, when I was in pre-k, my teacher would start off our day with oatmeal. I can still recall sitting at the tiny table with all my friends, while my teacher doled out small bowls of fragrant Quaker® oatmeal and passed around bananas and bright oranges. I have countless memories circling the unforgettable oatmeal raisin cookies that my mom makes. They’re perfect plucked fresh from the oven and served with a frosty glass of milk. Now, admittedly, I’m something of an oatmeal nut. There is something so comforting about the creaminess and warmth of a bowl of oatmeal. It’s quite literally the perfect breakfast, and its versatility knows no bounds.
The inspiration behind this oatmeal goes back about four years ago, where a friend of mine introduced me to the magic that is pears, draped in caramel, and sprinkled (liberally) with crushed hazelnuts. You could, of course, add hazelnuts to this recipe too. In fact you can add all sorts of add-ons from hazelnuts to almonds, dried cranberries, walnuts, or even freeze dried strawberries – I definitely encourage taking this recipe and making it your own! Like those fateful caramel pears, this oatmeal features salted caramel, pears, and brown sugar cinnamon. Yum!
There are two ways to make this recipe, dry or creamy. I’ve detailed the creamy recipe in the space below, but to make it dry (like in the image above) you just toast the oatmeal in the pan beforehand, which brings out a more nuttier flavor, and cook it for half the time, with half the wet ingredients. You can add milk or cream post-cooking if you like. I picked up my Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats canister at Target, so it’s big enough to make plenty of breakfasts or snacks with enough left over to experiment with too. They actually have end cap (end of aisle) displays with some oatmeal inspiration, things like nuts and dried fruit are perfect additions to your Quaker® Oats bowl!
The creamy version is a recipe perfected by my mom. It’s simple, but by cooking it longer you get an oatmeal that is seriously to die for. I’m not even kidding, we’ve fought for the last spoonful over here, haha! And if you want an extra special, very rich treat, you can use half and half instead of milk which will give your oats a “special occasion” sort of decadence.
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- 1 Cup of Quaker Oats
- 1 Cup of Water
- ½ Cup of Milk (or half-and-half)
- Pinch of Salt
- ¼ Cup of a Pear, cubed
- Caramel Sauce (I have salted caramel, you can add a pinch of fleur de sel yourself for the same flavor)
- Cinnamon Sugar (1:1 Brown Sugar to Cinnamon ratio)
- In a small sauce pan set on a medium flame, place water, salt, and oats.
- As soon as mixture comes to a rolling boil lower heat to a low flame so that the contents of the pot do not boil over.
- Stir mixture frequently until liquid becomes thickened (this will take a few minutes).
- Cook for three more minutes stirring frequently. The mixture should begin to look opaque.
- Add milk to pot and continue stirring and cooking on low flame for three more minutes or until thickened.
- To serve place oatmeal into bowl, sprinkle cubed pears, and drizzle salted caramel and cinnamon sugar to taste. Enjoy!