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Creamy Oatmeal with Pears

serves 4


  • 2 1/2 c water
  • 1 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 1 large pear, peeled and diced small
  • 2 T dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Bring water to boil in a medium sauce pan. Stir in oats, boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Cover, let stand 5 minutes.
  3. At the same time, melt butter over medium heat in a small skillet.
  4. Add pears, sugar, and cinnamon.
  5. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  6. Stir pears into oatmeal.
  7. Cover and let stand 5 more minutes.
  8. Stir, and divide into 4 bowls.
  9. Top each serving with 1/4 c milk. Serve immediately. (If storing leftover oatmeal, do not top with milk until ready to serve.)

I took the basic, plain-jane oatmeal cookie recipe from Quaker…to view the starter recipe go HERE. Additions to the original recipe are: walnuts, peanut butter, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, extra salt, and extra flour.



  • 1 1/4 c unsalted butter, softened (2.5 sticks)
  • 3/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 T natural peanut butter
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 3/4 all purpose flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 2t pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 3 c old fashioned toasted oats
  • 1 1/2 coarsly chopped walnuts



  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together with a mixer on medium until smooth.
  3. Add egg, vanilla, peanut butter and pumpkin puree. Blend thoroughly.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients except oats and nuts. Mix well with fork.
  5. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients with spoonula until well blended.
  6. Add oats and nuts, blend well.
  7. Spoon onto undgreased cookie sheets, cook 10 minutes or until centers are firm and bottoms begin to brown.

About the Cook

I'm a busy wife and mom who knows the value of a meal that can be prepared quickly. I prefer to cook with whole foods and you will almost never find a prepared food in my recipes or my pantry.

This blog started as a way to recall recipes that I've created and now I am excited to share them with you! Bon Apetit!
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