Blackberry and plum make a lovely pair.
Each fruit offers its very own flair.
Juicy, tart, ripe and sweet. Together they are a treat to eat!
Okay, that’s enough of my impromptu poem. Thanks for bearing with me on that one (lol)!
Blackberries & the Sugar Plum Fairy
The inspiration for this Royal Oats recipe is the Christmas season! And one of my favorite songs of the season is The Nutcracker’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Every time I hear it, I immediately have nostalgic feelings that make me want to put up the Christmas tree, watch Home Alone I and II, and drink some eggnog…ahhhh. I love Christmas!
Therefore, in the spirit of the season, this oatmeal bowl is rich in deep colors, reminiscent of Christmas treats, and full of “sugar” plums.
Not only is this Blackberry Plum Oatmeal a sight to behold, but it is also very nutritious. For example, both blackberries and plums are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Both fruits are quite hearty and each one offers a unique, earthy flavor that equally matches with old-fashioned oats. The cinnamon and nutmeg mixed into the oatmeal also allow the fruits to shine in all of their splendor.
Pick a plum of your choice
The plum type used in this recipe was a pluot–reddish skin with yellowish flesh. It is slightly sweet and tangy, thus paring well with the blackberry. Plums are also able to hold their shape quite well after being cooked, allowing each bite of oatmeal, accompanied by the more delicate blackberry, to be a wonderful combination of textures in your mouth.
If you are a fruit lover like myself, I know you will enjoy this bowl of Christmas-inspired fruity goodness.
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- ½ cup old-fashioned oats
- Pinch of sea salt
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp grated or ground nutmeg
- 2 tbsp sweet cream flavored coffee creamer (International Delight Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream flavor was used; Vegan option: Non-dairy flavored creamer)
- ¼ cup almond milk, unsweetened vanilla (Califia Farms brand was used)
Blackberry Sugar Plum Topping
- ⅓ cup fresh blackberries
- 1 plum, pitted, sliced
- 2 tbsp cane sugar
- ⅛ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maple syrup (or substitute with brown sugar)
- Almond slices, roasted (optional)
- Prep the oatmeal. In a small bowl, add the oats, salt, water, and creamer. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and nutmeg and stir to combine everything. Microwave the oatmeal for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Remove the oatmeal from the microwave. Pour in the almond milk and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Slice and sugar the plum. Remove the pit from the plum and slice it into 8 segments. Add the plum to a small bowl with the berries, sugar, and vanilla. Stir to evenly coat.
- Warm the fruit. Microwave the fruit for 45-60 seconds until it has softened and released its natural juices. Remove it from the microwave and gently stir, being careful not to break up the berries. Carefully spoon the cooked fruit onto the oatmeal leaving the remaining juices in the bowl.
- Make the syrup. Add the syrup to the juices and microwave the mixture for an additional 30 seconds until it turns into a light syrupy consistency. Ladle the fruit syrup all over the oatmeal. Garnish with a few fresh berries and almonds, if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 8gSugar: 38gProtein: 7g
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used. I am not a doctor, nor a certified nutritionist and make no claims to the contrary. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. Please consult your personal physician with any questions you may have regarding your own health and diet.