Oatmeal With Sauteed Pears, Walnuts and Figs

by jerseygirl on September 20, 2011 · 19 comments

I have never been much of a breakfast person. I remember being a kid that was forced to eat breakfast. For some reason, I couldn’t stomach milk in the morning so I would eat dry cereal. You couldn’t even get me to eat a donut. Sweets in the early morning is not my thing. It still isn’t. I’d much rather have a savory omelet with potatoes than a big stack of pancakes covered with fruit and whipped cream.  If I am working out or have to be somewhere early, I force myself to have a banana or bowl of cereal. Otherwise I prefer to eat breakfast later in the morning rather then when I first wake up.

Oatmeal has never been one of my desired breakfasts. But it is so good for you and provides many nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. It also can help reduce cholesterol. So why wouldn’t I want to start my day out with a bowl of oatmeal? I have always thought of it as boring with not much taste. Recently, I decided to change my way of thinking and start out with a bowl several mornings a week. I have experimented with adding different kinds of seasonal fruits to my oats. This way, my bowl never gets boring. With the fall weather here, I thought pears, walnuts and figs would make the perfect topping. I have to say I enjoyed my oatmeal this morning. If fresh figs aren’t in season, dry figs can be substituted. You can also make the old fashioned or steel cut oatmeal and use this as a topping. While those are both much more wholesome, I like making the quick cooked oats in less than 5 minutes.  I also loved the Greek yogurt to make it just a little more creamy.

What’s your favorite oatmeal topped with?

Oatmeal With Sauteed Pears, Walnuts and Figs

3 TBS coarsely chopped walnuts
3 to 4 cups water (depending on if you like your oatmeal thick or thin)
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 TBS butter
2 large pears, cored and chopped
3 TBS brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus extra for garnish
4 fresh figs, chopped
1/4 cup Greek vanilla yogurt

Stir walnuts in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Bring 3 or more cups of water to boil in a medium saucepan. Add oats and stir over medium heat until oats are softened and very thick, about 1 minute. In the skillet, melt the butter on medium heat. Toss together pears, sugar and cinnamon. Saute pears for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the figs and reserved walnuts. Cook for a minute or two and mix to make sure the figs are coated with the syrup from the pears. Top the oatmeal with the warm pear mixture in individual bowls. Top with the yogurt and sprinkle with cinnamon for garnish. This makes 4 servings.

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brandi September 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

this sounds so good! and our figs are hitting their fall harvest, so it's perfect timing đŸ™‚

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Erica September 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

The toppings make that bowl look incredible! I usually do brown sugar and coconut

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Karen Harris September 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I'm with you 100%, never much of a breakfast eater. In fact, I'm not much of a breakfast food eater (bacon is the exception of course), but I can eat oatmeal and bagels after I've been up several hours. Your oats look really great. Next to bacon, this might be my other exception.

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The Japanese Redneck September 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I usually just eat it with a little milk and sugar. But, this sure sounds good.

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That Girl September 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I'm such a breakfast on the go person. I need to sit and enjoy more often.

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The Food Hunter September 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I'm not a huge fan of breakfast either…sort of just get it down because I know I should. I would try this oatmeal though

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claudia @Whats Cookin September 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

this looks yummy my dear!

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New Jersey Memories September 20, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Oh, I really love breakfast. I'm so hungry when I wake up. This recipe sounds delicious.

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Katrina September 20, 2011 at 8:58 pm

That looks so good. It looks more like a dessert than breakfast!

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chinmayie @ love food eat September 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I think I should oatmeal one more shot! I am not a big fan of oatmeal but with so many delicious fruits in it I might just like it đŸ™‚

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teresa September 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

what a gorgeous dessert! i love the figs!

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Fran AmenĂ¡bar Ch. September 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm

This recipe looks so amazing, yiaamiii
Greetings from Chile.

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Ciao Chow Linda September 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm

pears, figs and walnuts? I'd eat oatmeal for dessert every day with those toppings. Now that peach season is over, I'm going to try your ideas in my morning oatmeal.

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kellypea September 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm

This looks like it would be a special holiday breakfast for us. I love fixing up a good bowl of oatmeal and you've made it quite lovely! Love the Greek yogurt in it.

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Cookin' Canuck September 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I admit that I am not much of an oatmeal person, but these toppings make it very enticing.

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Curt September 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

That is absolutely awesome. You've hit most of my favorite foods in one!

I haven't eaten tree fresh figs since I lived in Texas and really miss figs.

I love oatmeal for breakfast with fresh fruit mixed in. I'll be trying this for sure. I'll have to go looking for figs now.

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kat September 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm

We have steel cut oatmeal every morning. Matt likes it with homemade jam and dried cherries or raisins. I have mine with brown sugar, cinnamon, sliced almonds and golden raisins,

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Cathy W September 23, 2011 at 7:57 am

Wow..I'd eat this for dessert! I generally top my oatmeal with bananas or blueberries and I love it, but I often get an upset stomach. I think it's the dairy…I'm thinking of making the switch to almond milk.

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Barbara Bakes September 30, 2011 at 8:04 am

What a great way to start the morning. So pretty!

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