Ontario Apple-Maple Oatmeal with Pecans

Chock-full of goodness, this oatmeal promises a warm, fruity, stick-to-your ribs breakfast perfect for those wintery mornings.

Makes 4 servings.

Variety Tip: For best results, use Ontario Empire, McIntosh, Crispin, Cortland, Spartan or Idared apples.


For Oatmeal:
4 cups water 1 L
1/2 cup steel-cut oats (or Irish oatmeal) 125 mL
1/2 cup wheat berries 125 mL
1/4 tsp salt 1 mL
2 cups grated Ontario apple 500 mL
1/3 cup maple syrup, divided 75 mL
For Garnish:
2 cups milk 500 mL
1 Ontario apple, cored and diced 1
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans 125 mL


In medium saucepan, bring water to boil. Stir in oats, wheat berries and salt. Reduce heat to simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed but oats are still al dente, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat.

Stir in grated apple and 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the maple syrup.  Divide into four bowls and pour milk on top.  Sprinkle with diced apple and chopped pecans and drizzle with remaining syrup.