This Oatmeal was made even delicious by topping it with freshly baked Pear Almond Crumble cooked twice. First from the stove top to soften the Pear and was finished off in the oven with delicious almond crumble toppings, then used as a toppings this oatmeal.
It’s not often that I go extra mile to dress up and make my Oatmeal not only beautiful but delicious. But this one, I didn’t even mind because it’s not really difficult, although it’s not as easy as just cutting fresh fruits to top the oatmeal.
I’ve made it my mission to post one Oatmeal variation every month because I find it not only an easy breakfasts to make, but also a good option in terms of the benefits you can get from oatmeal. Plus, I really find it fun and interesting to come up with different variations of oatmeal. It’s like designing a blank canvas, I can put whatever toppings I want and be as much creative as I want to be.
Oatmeal are one of the easiest breakfast that you can make in just few minutes. The good thing about it is that it’s healthy and quite filling for something so simple. There are quite a lot of quick oatmeal in the market, from plain to flavored and there also rolled oats that requires cooking. Let’s talk a little but about oatmeal.
Types of Oatmeal
Steel Cut Oats (Irish Oats) – This type of oats has a finer texture but is chewier than traditional oats, they are digested more slowly and it makes you feel full easily. This type is perfect for breakfast cereals as they make you feel full longer.
Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned) – This type of oats are flat, thin and have bigger pieces than Steel Cut Oats. It cooks faster, about 10 minutes for 1/3 cup (depending on how chewy you like it). Although filling, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats, but if your recipe requires minimal cooking time or you do not have much time on hand, this is the perfect type of oats to use. I find that this type is also the one perfect for baking cookies, bars, bread or pancakes.
Quick Oats – This type of oats have flat, light and even thinner pieces as compared to Rolled Oats. This cooks in about 1-2 minutes and are perfect for recipes that calls for a very minimal cooking time. Although it is also a good option for breakfast, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats.
Instant Oats – This type of oatmeal has been pre-cooked and dried, because of this, it require no cooking time at all. You just need to add boiling water and let sit for few minutes to soften. This type of oatmeal doesn’t have chewiness and texture and can get mushy at times. This if perfect option when you are traveling and you need something on the go. Simply add hot water and you have an instant breakfast with you.
Flavor of the Month: Pear Almond Crumble Oatmeal
This Oatmeal variation was inspired by my Pear Almond Crumble. This variation uses the same base oatmeal: Oats, Chia Seed, Sugar, Milk and Raisins. Instead of using fresh fruit or dried fruit and toppings, I decided to use Pear Almond Crumble recipe to make this variation. My Pear Almond Crumble is a small batch for two, a sweet soft fresh Pear first cooked on stove top then finished of inside the oven and topped with delicious and nutty Almond crumble. Its a very easy and simple recipe, just like how you make crisp and crumble only my recipe is small serving. I like how the Pear Crumble gave a nice flavor to the Oatmeal. The fresh soft Pear and the crunchy sweet almond crumble is such a nice toppings for the Oatmeal. It gave additional texture and made the Oatmeal even more delicious. Why eat a plain Oatmeal when you can make it interesting, fun and delicious? Give this a try and let me know how it goes.
- 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 3/4 cup milk (Can be substituted with a mix of water and milk in any proportion)
- 1 tbsp Brown sugar (can be substituted with other sweetener of your choice)
- 3 tbsp raisins
- 1 tsp Chia Seed – optional
- 1/4- 1/3 cup Pear Almond Crumble
- Make the Pear Almond Crumble: Get the FULL RECIPE HERE
- Make the Base Oatmeal: Pour milk in a pan. Add rolled oats and simmer in medium heat for about 10 minutes. Make sure to stir from time to time to avoid sticking at the bottom and from forming a “film” or “skin” on top. Add brown sugar, raisins and chia seed. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes. You can serve it at this stage but if you want a smoother creamier consistency, cover and cook in low heat for another 10 minutes. Taste and adjust sweetness as desired. The consistency of the oats will thicken as it cools, if you are serving it immediately, you can cook it a little bit longer to get a thick consistency. Cooking time is flexible, cook less or more time to adjust to the texture and consistency that you prefer.
- Serve: Transfer oatmeal in a bowl and top with Pear Almond Crumble .
One tip when reheating it, add few spoonful of water or milk to thin out the consistency. The oatmeal with or without chia seed will thicken as it cools, even more when refrigerated. So to bring it back to nice consistency, you need to add a little bit of liquid. For single serving, add 1-2 tbsp of liquid and stir then simply pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. take it out and stir again, adding more liquid as necessary to achieve the consistency that you like. Add the Caramelized Banana on top and return to microwave for another minute. Remove and add more toppings as desired. Easy breezy! Enjoy
I am using quite a lot of liquid here because I like my Oatmeal consistency to be not too thick and also because I like to cook it longer than 15 minutes for a smoother creamier texture. Also, chia seed absorbs liquid and makes a jelly like consistency. If you like a thick oatmeal, use 1 1/4 cup of liquid but bear in mind that the oatmeal thickens as it cools. If you are making it ahead of time (overnight), I suggest use 1 3/4 cups of liquid so that it wouldn’t be too thick the following day.
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