Saturday, March 1, 2014

Orange Plum Oatmeal

Close followers of the blog have probably recognized my fruit phases. One month, I'll have a bunch of strawberry recipes, followed by a string of apple recipes, and then a random fig phase. There was even about a month or two last year when I *gasp* liked pears and made several recipes with them.

Right now, I love plums. I love their small size, the squishy interior, the slight peachy taste, and the deep red color. Unfortunately, it's not exactly plum season. :( Despite this, I was able to find someone at my local produce market--success!

Sadly, I've learned that plums don't "star" well in oatmeal. They need a little help. For this recipe, I paired a plum with an orange (specificially, a cara cara favorite!). I love pairing other fruits with oranges. The sweet citrus flavor is subtle (oranges also don't "star" well), and just enough to complement the subtle plums.

What fruits are you obsessed with right now? I also bought a bag of apples last night, which I haven't bought in ages. In fact, I don't think I've purchased an apple since I made Apple & Chestnut Oatmeal.

Orange Plum Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 4 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 plum
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  1. Prep both your oranges by cutting it in half and running your knife along the insides of each segment.
  2. Now, prep your plum by dicing it into small cubes.
  3. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil, add plum cubes and oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  4. Spoon out the segments from one of the oranges and stir into oatmeal.
  5. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add cinnamon and salt. Stir.
  6. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Spoon remaining orange segments on top, add a splash of your milk of choice, and top with any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).
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  1. Bananas. Bananas all the way. Every single morning, in every single oatmeal XD. Banana and PB (of course!), banana and white chocolate (sinfull!), banana and almond extract (+almond butter)... I am obsessed ;)

  2. I'm with Irene - BANANAS all day, everyday! I literally have to limit my banana intake or it could be all I eat. And it's funny because in a majority of your recipes, the banana is "hidden" as a sweetener while I try to make it as prominent as possible!

    And I've also been loving durian a lot lately. I know the smell is repulsive to some people but no matter, I can eat their share as well haha. Possibly a durian oatmeal recipe in the near future?

  3. If only I could find plums... I'll have to make this when they come into season!

  4. Hi there,
    I'm a huge fan of your blog, lover of oats, etc. Have you ever thought about a stuffed or layered baked oatmeal? Like a baked oatmeal with some sort of gooey, delicious center, such as fruit purees, peanut butter, coconut, or chocolate fillings, etc? I'm brainstorming a layered "cinnamon roll" baked oatmeal that would have oats and layers of cinnamon and date or raisin paste. Just thought I'd pass along that idea in case it resonates with you.
    Keep up the delicious work :)

    1. I have, and I've considered the cinnamon roll concept as well, but the "batter" for baked oatmeal is much thinner than most baked goods, so I'm not sure how to layer/stuff it without it becoming a mess. :/ I might still try it, though. :)


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