Date Nut Oatmeal

Last Sunday morning was really unusual. Why, you ask? Because I slept until 9:00! That almost never happens. Not that I’m an early, eager riser either. I just usually wake up around 6:30 or so on the weekends and can’t get back to sleep. Probably because that’s about my normal weekday wakeup time. BeeBop was already up and piddling around the house, being very quiet so that I could sleep in, sweetie that he is. So when I opened my eyes and saw how late it was, I practically jumped out of bed. It felt like I was just wasting the day away lying there and I couldn’t stand that!

Since it was sooo late (she said sarcastically), I thought I’d just make a quick breakfast of oatmeal and toast. And while I was cooking, BeeBop asked me whether my oatmeal recipe was on the blog. I really had to think a minute about that. Was it? Surely not. It’s just oatmeal, you know. Who needs a recipe, right? Then he reminded me that I make our oatmeal a little differently. Not much, but just a little jazzed up with the addition of dates and pecans. Not a big change but oh how it bumps up the flavor! Oatmeal with dates, pecans, brown sugar and cream. Yum.

Date Nut Oatmeal
 
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Oatmeal cooked with pecans and dates, served with brown sugar and cream.
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup chopped dates
Instructions
  1. Bring the water and salt to a boil.
  2. Stir in the oats, pecans and dates.
  3. Reduce heat to medium.
  4. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  5. Remove from heat and let stand for 2-3 minutes before serving.
  6. Serve with a sprinkle of brown sugar or turbinado sugar and a splash of milk or half and half.
  7. Sprinkle over additional dates and pecans if desired.
Notes
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Comments

  1. says

    I love any oatmeal, it really is a perfect treat for breakfast, lunch or dinner! I wish my hubby liked it more, I would make it more often. Oh well:-) Hugs, Terra

  2. says

    I’m glad I came here now and not at 10:30 last night when I was hungry but reading in bed. Now…I will have oatmeal and dates on in a flash. Well, maybe not dates because I’m not even sure I have any, but leaving my desk now to check. In any event there will be oatmeal and some form of fruit and nut. Thanks for a visual reminder of how much I love this for breakfast!

  3. says

    Looks like a healthy way to start the day!! Can’t wait to try this out – I bet it is filling as well – love all the ingredients so together they ought be a real winner!

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