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Today’s recipe is a wonderful make-ahead Oatmeal that I made for a breakfast party my Testing Department had to celebrate a recent release that went to Production. Everyone brought something yummy such as homemade ice tea; OJ; from Tim Horton’s included hot cocoa, donut holes, and a variety of bagels; egg sandwiches; fruit; yogurts and blueberry chips; and my make ahead Oatmeal. Everything was wonderful and no need for lunch after such a large breakfast! Below are a few pictures of our breakfast spread and different ways you might want to prepare this make ahead oatmeal. I use Old Fashioned Oats but you could use Quick Oats. Plus there is no one way to make this dish – each time try something different!

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This is a wonderful, versatile cooked oatmeal that you can change the ingredients to add brown sugar for more sweetness and dried fruit. It can be made in small, individual ramekins for an individual serving. Consider adding a thin layer of low sugar jam or jelly on a plate and then place the ramekin on the top of the plate so the cooked oatmeal is placed on top of the jelly. Then add low-fat vanilla yogurt and fresh berries. If you do not have fresh berries then considered a flavored yogurt. For the recipe I used for the below version click here!

Make Ahead Oatmeal

If serving as part of a buffet there are a couple of great options. Serve it on a pretty serving dish, then cut into small pieces. Then add the toppings. It looks delicious and is easy for your guests.

Pecan Spiced Oatmeal with a Berry Yogurt Topping plated

Pecan Spiced Oatmeal with a Berry Yogurt Topping close up

Another option is to leave it in the ramekin and have your guest’s spoon out their serving with yogurts, berries, and other toppings that they can add. All the alternatives are wonderful depending on how you want to serve the oatmeal. If making it ahead to cover a few mornings, then consider making small individual servings.

Pecan Spiced Oatmeal with a Berry Yogurt Topping served in a serving bowl

Oatmeal Ingredients:
2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
3-1/2 cups Skim Milk
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
2 tsp. Cinnamon
⅛ tsp. Cloves

Ramekins Ingredients:
Cooking spray
2 tbsp. Pecans, chopped

Topping Ingredients:
Vanilla Yogurt, low-fat
Strawberries sliced

In a large saucepan mix together the oatmeal ingredients and cook over a medium to low-medium heat for about 10 – 12 minutes.

Spray the inside of a microwaveable serving ramekin with cooking spray. Sprinkle pecans in the ramekin and then spread cooked oatmeal evenly. Be careful the oatmeal will be very hot. To remove the oatmeal from the ramekins, take a butter knife to loosen the sides. You may want to use a pot holder since the ramekin will be hot!

The oatmeal can be made ahead and reheated in the microwave when ready to serve.

10 thoughts on “Pecan Spiced Oatmeal With a Berry Yogurt Topping

  1. This is a fun-tas-tic idea, Beatice. Thank YOU! 😀 🙂

    1. Bernice says:

      This is a wonderful recipe and it is so versatile! I really love the make ahead aspect for a breakfast gathering or just for Greg and me. It is nice to get up and have something yummy ready for breakfast and it only needs to be reheated!

      1. Two thumbs up for that! 😀

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks – it is yummy… and easy to make!

  2. chefceaser says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you for re-blogging to your readers – I hope they enjoy this easy make ahead recipe!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks – it is yummy!!

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