Apple, Raisin and Goat Cheese Oatmeal

I had been a while since I’d had oatmeal.

But when I saw this post on Lauren’s Cravings Gone Clean, I just got an INSTANT, uncontrollable craving.

I mean, wow. Seriously. Lauren had added goat cheese to her oatmeal!!!

Why oh why had I never thought of that??? It’s like a match made in heaven, isn’t it? I mean, they’re just MEANT to be together.

Hooey, gooey, warm, sweet and creamy oatmeal mingle with soft, silky, smooth, salty and tangy goat cheese.

Of course, fruit HAD to be invited to join the party. It was only a matter of deciding who to invite. Or rather, who would be available to come. A quick look in the fridge and I could determine with certainty that Miss Apple was the only possible prospect. Well, she would make a very agreeable guest! And so she got an official invitation, which she gladly accepted.

Phew. I was relieved! ;)

Let me tell you I didn’t waste any time and this party was thrown at the first possible occasion, which happened to be last Saturday. This was soooo good, I would’ve gladly had it for breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner.

Oh, and I wouldn’t have minded repeating the next day.

Really. It was THAT good. Heaven in a bowl.

Now I have to try all sorts of different combinations. 

Fresh figs, of course, pears, blackberries, peach, apricot…

Who else could I send an invite to?

Any ideas?

APPLE, RAISIN, PECAN AND GOAT CHEESE OATMEAL

INGREDIENTS
(serves 1)

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup buckwheat groats
  • 2 tbsp amaranth
  • 2½ cups water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened soy milk
  • ½ Red Delicious apple, peel on, diced
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp pecans, chopped
  • 15g soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tsp unpasteurized honey

Instructions

  • Bring water to a boil. Add salt, rolled oats, buckwheat groats and amaranth. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is creamy and all water is absorbed.
  • Add diced apple, raisins, pecans and milk,cook for an additional minute, then turn off the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to serving bowl and top with crumbled goat cheese and honey.
  • Add more cold milk if desired.

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Comments

  1. Holly says

    I first tried apple and goat cheese together when I made Lauren Zembron’s Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Cider Vinaigrette (from healthyfoodforliving.com). The dressing was so delicious that I would scrape every bit of it off the side of the bowl with slices of honey crisp apple slathered with goat cheese.

    Apple, goat cheese, honey, and pecans in warm oatmeal sounds just as good.

    • says

      A dressing made with goat cheese and apple? Sounds like a winner to me. I don’t blame you for scraping the sides of the bowl at all. And another mental note taken. I always struggle to come up with great salad dressing ideas, so I really thank you for that one! :D

      • Holly says

        Actually, the salad itself has goat cheese and apple as components, but the dressing is an apple cider, pumpkin, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and cinnamon concoction that works so well with the tart apple and creamy goat cheese.

  2. says

    This is really interesting – I’d NEVER have considered putting cheese on my oatmeal before. It still sounds a bit odd but you seem totally convinced so maybe I’ll have to give it a go! :) Though apples and goat’s cheese are a great combination.

    • says

      I know!!! And I was the same until I saw Lauren’s post, and it just hit me like a ton of brick! I just couldn’t believe that I had never thought about it before. To think of all those years I’ve wasted NOT putting cheese on my oatmeal… I so have to make up for lost time.

      Seriously, I’d be curious to hear what you think if you ever give it a try, so make sure to drop by and let me know! ;)

  3. says

    What a neat idea to add cheese to a sweeter oatmeal. I would have never thought to do it before, but fruit and cheese is a natural taste combination. I like that you include a variety of grains in your oatmeal as well.

    • says

      Hey, thanks Matt! Good to have someone agree with me. I’ve always been a huge fan of the sweet and savory combination… so fruit and cheese defintely works for me. Bring warm and creamy into the equation and you’ve got yourself a definite winner! This is comfort food at its best! Glad you liked! :D

  4. Catherine O says

    I think this would be excellent with a little rosemary, too! I recently tried a rosemary/raisin cracker with brie at Trader Joes, blew my mind!

    • says

      NO WAY!!! We are so on the same wavelenght. I’ve been dreaming of putting goat cheese in everything lately, only I haven’t done it… yet. I have this brand new, HUGE, unopened package, patiently waiting in the fridge… just you wait until I open it up. I get the feeling that EVERYTHING will be “goat cheesed”. Guess that’s why I haven’t opened it up… yet. ;)

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