Sometimes, you need a ginormous bowl of oatmeal to get you through the day.

Sometimes, you need a ginormous bowl of oatmeal with muscovado sugar, plumped dried cherries, toasted pecans and browned butter. That is all.

*Edited to add:

For those of you who would like a recipe, here are the basics of how I made this:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries (or other dried fruit)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons sugar (I used muscovado, but regular white sugar or honey would be lovely)
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1/4 cup toasted nuts (I used pecans)
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons butter (or a tablespoon if you’re having a bad day)

Bring water, dried cherries, sugar and salt to a boil. Stir in oats and cook for about 5 minutes, or until most of the water is absorbed and oatmeal is the consistency/texture you prefer. Remove from heat, then stir in toasted nuts; serve topped with browned butter.

For the browned butter: while the oatmeal is cooking, heat a bit of butter in a small skillet until it melts and bubbles; heat a bit longer until it just starts to turn brown and smells amazingly yummy. Pour the butter over the hot oatmeal, and serve warm. This makes one hefty serving, or two smaller ones. 🙂

8 responses to “Oatmeal”

  1. yum!
    absolutely *heart* oatmeal – or “porridge”, as i’ve learned to call it in the uk :)x

  2. Oh my goodness this looks amazing!! Really this just sounds so delicious. I would have not thought of using dried cherries and I really like them. Thanks for this recipe!!

  3. MMMM… Do you just make it based on a recipe on a box? I’ve never made homemade oatmeal before.

    1. I did base it on the regular oatmeal box recipe. I added a recipe in the post above. 🙂

  4. So I assume this is served warm? I’ve never made oatmeal porridge in my life, which is a shame. But I’d love to try this with some dried fruit.

    1. Yep, it’s served hot. I added a recipe above. 🙂

      1. Thank you. (Oh man, I think I just threw away the non-quick-cooking rolled oats right before I fogged my apartment with the bug bomb!)

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