Oatmeal with fresh fruits is wonderful. But in winter, there are only so many seasonal and fresh varieties of fruit that we can find. So we tend to eat the same ones unless we change things a bit. Why not vary? In this recipe, we make use of dry fruits (dates, prunes, apricots, raisins, mango) with oatmeal for a wonderful breakfast especially on a snowy winter day.
Prunes, which are essentially dry plums, and apricots, grow and mature in the summer season.
Raisins come from grapes, more around the fall, while dates and mangos grow in tropical regions.
It doesn’t snow often at sea level in Seattle. We have mountains around, where you can find plenty of snow and ice during winter months. But this morning, we woke up to 7 inches of fresh powder right outside our house. Of course, the first thing kids did was put on their boots, grab their sleds and go to the nearest hill to slide.
For the dry fruits to be more tasty and soft, I added them to the oatmeal 2 to 3 minutes before the cooking end time. Mango was for decoration. I debated slicing some fresh fruits on top, which would have made the visual outcome even nicer. But I stuck to the theme: dry fruits.
Happy winter and snowy breakfast!
Dry fruits oatmeal (dates, prunes, apricots, raisins, mango)
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1.5 cups water
- 0.5 oz dry mango
- 2 dry apricots
- 2 dates
- 2 prunes
- 20 raisins
- 4 tbsp almond milk
- In a pan, bring oatmeal and water to boil, then simmer for about 8 minutes or the indicated time on your oatmeal pack.
- In the meantime, assemble the dry fruits and slice the large ones (dates, apricots, prunes and mango) in two
- 2 minutes before the oatmeal is cooked, add the dry fruits (except for the mango) to the pan and stir gently, to allow them to absorb a bit of liquid and soften.
- Place the cooked oatmeal in a serving bowl, decorate with the mango bits and add a bit of almond milk on top.