1 cup water
2 1/2 c fat free milk, divided
1 1/4 c old-fashioned rolled oats
pinch of salt (optional)
1 lg pear or med Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into 1/4 in pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries
1/4 cup dark or golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp brown sugar
Bring water and 1 1/2 cups of the milk to a boil in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat. Stir in oats and salt. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 3 min., stirring often, until oats start to soften.
Stir in pear. Cover and simmer about 3 min. more or until it is tender but still a bit crisp. Stir in cranberries and raisins. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 1 min. to soften.
Divide evenly among 4 warm bowls. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of the walnuts and 1/2 tsp. of the sugar. Top each bowl with 1/4 cup of the remaining milk.
What do you think? I know the weather is getting warmer, but what a way to start the day!:-)