Hearty Oatmeal with Maple Roasted Pears & Pomegranate

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Even though this has been a very mild winter, I still can’t seem to shake the chill in my bones. We’ve been so lucky to have very little snow here in the midwest but I can honestly say that I’m ready for Spring! In an attempt to keep my family warm, I’ve been cooking more comfort foods. Our favorite recipe this winter has been a hearty oatmeal with maple roasted pears & pomegranate. Since Sophie is such a picky eater, we must make sure she eats a full breakfast to last her through the day. Oatmeal has always been a favorite of hers but I often put in the same old toppings (peanut butter, honey or blueberries). We often buy new fruits for her to try and she was enamored by the seeds of a pomegranate so I knew I had to figure out a way to incorporate poms in her oatmeal.

Quaker Oats Maple Roasted Pears and Pomegranate- Hearty Oatmeal

My newest ‘How to be an Awesome Mom’ tip is online ordering my groceries. Can I just say that we’ve not only been eating healthier but cut our grocery bill significantly by using Kroger’s online ordering service called ClickList. I’m a little obsessed with the routine I’ve figured out to eliminate the ‘what should we have for dinner’ headache once my husband gets home. Every Sunday I take 15-20 min. to find one or two new recipes, hop on Kroger’s site and order our groceries for the week. I write out the meal plan and stick it to the fridge so there’s never a question of what we’ll be eating for dinner. It’s helped us to not waste food because we only order exactly what we’ll need for our recipes as well as snacks and lunch for Sophie. I am much better at remembering to put the food in the crockpot on time because I’ll make a reminder in my phone right when I make the meal plan. I wasn’t asked to talk about how awesome ClickList is, but I really wish everyone could know how much it’s helped our family and to go check it out. I’m not sure what their promotion is now, but when I started it was the first five orders had no fee.

Maple Roasted Pear and Pomegranate Hearty Oatmeal
Roasted Maple Pear and Pomegranate Hearty Oatmeal
Back to the point of this post- the miracle breakfast that my picky toddler loves.

Hearty Oatmeal with Maple Roasted Pears & Pomegranate

  • 1/2 c Quaker® Oats
  • 1 c water or milk (I used unsweetened cashew milk)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • spoonful of raw pumpkin seeds
  • sprinkle of pomegranate seeds
  • sliced pears (see below for Roasted Maple Pear recipe for added awesomeness)

Bring the Quaker® Oats and milk to a light boil in a medium sauce pan. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes. If you’d like to add some superfood like chia or flax seed, add now and stir, cook for another 5 minutes or until the oats have reached a creamy consistency.

Divide the oats into bowls, then top with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, splash of cashew milk, drizzle of maple syrup and the maple roasted pears, don’t forget the pears {see below}.

Maple Roasted Pears (Hearty Oatmeal)

Maple Roasted Pears

  • 4-6 seckel pears halved (any pear will do)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a mixing bowl whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup + vanilla extra. Toss in the pears and evenly coat. Lay the pears on theirs backside, roast for 5 minutes, flip and roast with the cut side down for 15-20 minutes or until soft and lightly browned.

Maple Roasted Pear and Pomegranate Hearty Oatmeal

There are at least a hundred different combinations you could use to enhance your hearty oatmeal breakfast. Breakfast is essential fuel for your day so make it count.

As you may have seen on my Twitter account, Quaker® Oatsbring your best bowl” promotion is going on now through March 12, 2016. I entered this hearty oatmeal recipe! You can go to their national sweepstakes site and enter to win $250,000 and the chance to have your recipe created and sold in stores come Fall 2016! Get started by picking up some Quaker® Oats at your local Kroger!

Quaker Oats at Kroger Hearty Oatmeal

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