With fall upon us, leaves turning amber and golden, I turned my thoughts to oatmeal. Cold mornings often need a warmer start to the day and what better way to do that than to make a tasty oatmeal.
That got me thinking about fall and it’s flavors. As you know I am all about the Persimmon right now. We recently got a dehydrator so I have been able to start drying my own fruit! That lead me to drying both Persimmons and Asian Pears. Both of these fruits say autumn to me. Also, recently my husband and I were out for breakfast at Highland Grill in Minneapolis and I had their quinoa oatmeal. It was delicious! That really got me excited to get home and start experimenting!
My husband and I are always looking for new and exciting ways to work more whole grains into our diet so the idea of doing a combination of steel-cut oats with quinoa was an added bonus! I added some fresh pears and some seasonings to that and cooked it up in my Breville Fast Slow Pro. Then we portioned it out into containers so that each container would be one breakfast for the both of us. We then put all but one in the freezer so that one would be ready for use.
This morning I warmed up the oatmeal and topped it off with some steamed milk. I then added my dried fruit some chopped pecans and a drizzle of honey! This was a great start to what will end up being a winner of a recipe. I still have a lot of tweaking but this give you the idea of how you can take something ordinary and make it an extraordinary fall treat!