Saturday, December 7, 2013

Cranberry Pear Oatmeal

For all the pear lovers out there, you'll appreciate this recipe. As you all know, pears are one of my least favorite fruits. Thanks to the cranberries, I was able to enjoy this oatmeal anyway. I noticed from Foodgawker that pears and cranberries are a common food combination, but I had never experienced it before, and I found the flavor duo to be quite unique and fun.

It's amazing how my opinion of cranberries has changed in the past month and a half. When I first bought the jar of cranberry sauce early in November to use as a topping for fall-themed recipes, I was pretty indifferent to it. It was significantly better than the cranberry sauce I've had in the past, but still nothing special.

Then I bought the fresh cranberries for a few recipe ideas that never actually ended up happening until this week, but I've been using them for other purposes (sauteed with brussels sprouts!), and I'm slowly falling in love.  

I might even buy another bag. Cranberries > pears.

Ugh, pears suck.

How about you? Are you a pear lover? I try to give them a chance all the time, but they consistently disappoint me. :(

Cranberry Pear Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 8 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1 small pear
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice, or more water
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel-cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/8 tsp lemon extract
  • pinch of ginger
  • pinch of salt
  1. Dice pear into small cubes into a saucepan, and then cover with water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about three minutes.
  2. Add milk and return to a boil. Add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  3. Add cranberries and cover with a lid (trust me; they pop!).
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add lemon extract, ginger, and salt. Stir.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (cranberry sauce, pistachios, walnuts, etc.).
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  1. Hi! I love your oatmeal recipes (I eat oatmeal every day) and this one looks delicious! I love pears but have never tried them in oatmeal so I will have to try it. I am wondering if you have ever tried persimmons in oatmeal/plan to do a persimmon recipe. There is a lady down the street who sells persimmons and I have never tried one but want to and I always think oatmeal recipes are a great place to try new fruit! thanks for all of your amazing recipes, it keeps me excited about oatmeal/breakfast each morning!

  2. I love pears in my oatmeal, I think the gritty texture is great with chewy steel-cut oats. I also think adding a couple tablespoons of Grape-Nuts cereal is great with pear oatmeal, it adds a little crunch and nutty barley flavor.

    If you like pears well enough but don't _love_ them, you might want to check which variety of pear you're eating. I grew up thinking Bartlett pears were the ones to buy, but I finally tried D'Anjou pears last year and they're sooooo much better than Bartlett. Just a general better flavor, sweeter. And Bosc pears are great too, they're quite smooth, not hardly gritty/granular.

    Just this morning I decided my pears were ripe enough to eat so I was planing to combine them with the cranberries in my freezer for a big batch of steel-cut oats in the slow cooker. I don't think I've had that combo before, so I was excited to see your pairing today!

    1. I'll have to experiment some more before I discount them entirely. After all, I used to LOVE pears, so there has to be something about them I can still enjoy. :)

  3. Your oatmeal recipes make me squeal with joy! I started looking at your blog at the beginning of this school year and I have made so many of your creations. This looks amazing and I will definitely be making it tomorrow. If you have time it would be awesome if you could check out my blog Thanks for all your work!

    1. Thank you so much, Quinn! I wish my photography was even HALF as impressive as yours!

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