Pear + Sunflower Seed Oatmeal

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I am not reinventing the wheel here by suggesting that you eat oatmeal.  I am simply offering a sweet and salty approach to this traditional weekday breakfast favorite that I created this morning and thought it tasted rather nice!

I am really into always having sunflower seeds on hand right now because they add a nice nutty flavor and crunch to salads, yogurt, cereal and pastas.  Also, pears are great fruits to start your day with because they are packed full of fiber, antioxidants and vitamins.  They also have a low glycemic index which contributes to controlled blood sugar levels throughout the day.

What will you need?

3/4 cup rolled oats

1 cup water

1/2 cup milk (cows, soy, almond)

1/2 pear, sliced

1.5 tbsp sunflower seeds (I used honey roasted)

1 tsp brown sugar or honey

A pinch of cinnamon

How do you make it?

In a medium saucepan, combine your oats, water and milk.  Cook on medium heat until done, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.

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Remove from the heat and continue preparing your toppings.

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Assemble your oatmeal as shown below.  You can use honey if you don’t want to use brown sugar.  Also, I like to add some milk to cool it down a bit!  Mmmm.  Creamy, salty and sweet all at the same time.  Not to mention, oatmeal is always a power-packed way to start off your busy day!

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Do you think coconut milk would work for oatmeal? :-)

    • You know, I am not sure!! I have never tried it. I am not sure how coconut milk changes when it’s heated… that is the only thing I would be unsure about. HOWEVER if you think about it, most oatmeal is made with water and it tastes good so my philosophy is that if you cook it is something even yummier than water then it will probably turn out even more delicious. Let me know if you try it out and how that goes!

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