pear spice oatmeal

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Happy Fall, friends.  It’s time for spice, for apples & pears, crisp mornings, boots & comfy sweaters, marathons and so many other lovely – and delicious – things.  This oatmeal is one of the delicious things.  It’s a base of fall spices – cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves – topped with deliciously sweet pears, pecans for crunch and a little drizzle of milk.  I’m a little sad to see summer go but if I can look forward to breakfasts like this one then I think I’ll be ok.

pear spice oatmeal
serves: 1
recipe notes: I made this up as I was going along, so it’s a bit of a rough draft.  You could add more spices to the oatmeal or also add the spices to the pears.  I used a fair amount of cinnamon sugar (probably a good 2 teaspoons for mine) but depending on how much sweet you like, use more or less.

1/2 cup gluten-free oats
1 cup water (or milk)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cloves
pinch of salt
1 pear, cut into small pieces (I leave the peel on)
1 teaspoon of butter
cinnamon sugar, to taste
handful of pecans, toasted if you’d like

1.  In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water (or milk) to a boil.  Stir in the gluten-free oats & turn down the heat to low.  Stir occasionally until the liquid is absorbed and the mixture is thickened, about 10-15 minutes.  Stir in a pinch each of salt, nutmeg & cloves, the cinnamon & vanilla.

2.  Meanwhile, melt a small amount of butter over medium heat in a saute pan.  Add the pears, cinnamon sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pears have softened and the cinnamon sugar has formed a sweet glaze, about 10 minutes.

3.  Place the cooked oats in a bowl, spoon the cinnamon sugar pear mixture over the oats and then top with pecans.

source: anna maria original

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