I guess it’s kiwi(fruit) week! Probably because I was at my parents’ house and I convinced my mom to buy me some kiwi, and I figured I should probably finish it all before I flew back to New York. 🙂
I also convinced her to buy me these cherries. Notice a theme?
My recipe calls for dried orange peel, which is my latest discovery. It adds such a natural and subtle brightness to foods (and is much less potent than, say, lemon or orange extract). I think it’s a great way to add flavor instead of resorting to sweeteners.
I understand that might be a difficult ingredient to find, so don’t worry–you can always add a splash of orange juice, or even some orange zest or orange extract. Or, heck, you could omit it altogether. However, I loved how this interacted with the cherries, so I highly recommend getting a little bit of orange pow in this porridge.
If you’re interested in getting this, I bought mine from a natural food co-op in the bulk spices section. I bet you could find it jarred in a decent spice section (like at Whole Foods).
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What you'll need:
- 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water*
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats*
- 1/4 tsp dried orange peel, or a splash of orange juice
- 10 fresh cherries, stems and pits removed
- 2 fresh kiwifruit, or 1 if it's large
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
How to make it:
- Bring milk to a low boil, add oats and orange peel, and reduce heat to a simmer. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- Peel the kiwi. Dice half of it and mash up the other half with a fork. Stir the mashed portion into oatmeal. Reserve the diced half for topping.
- Dice your cherries. Save a few for topping and stir the rest into the oatmeal.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract and salt to the oatmeal. Stir.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with the reserved kiwi and cherries, and add any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).
Just an FYI:
*You can make this with rolled or quick oats by increasing the liquid to 1 cup and the oats to 1/2 cup. PB Lovers: This recipe goes great with PB&Co Dark Chocolate Dreams!