Sugar Plums

November 24, 2010


What to do with a GIANT bowl of plums from Faith‘s last day at her farmstand?!

Other than jump up and down with excitement, make Sugar Plum Oatmeal, of course!



First, get a mix of oats cooking on the stove with milk, banana, salt and flax/chia.

Then slice up two plums (and if I write "plumbs" it’s because that’s how Matt and I spell it on our grocery list. We also write "spinage" instead of spianch!)


Place into hot skillet. Listen for sizzle.


Sprinkle in some brown sugar.


Toss it around.


When a crust starts to form, de-glaze with a few tbsp of water spiked with vanilla



Stir it up!


When the water is mostly gone, pour onto oatmeal (which will have been poured into bowls!)


Top with granola, a sprinkle more brown sugar and some almond butter for the ultimate bowl




Guess what? I have lost all taste for flavored coffee. Well, French vanilla at least. We have a bag of it that we’ve been using up little by little and every time there’s flavor I hate it!! Give me strong, dark, bold only.



Happy Holidays!


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1 Balanced Healthy Life November 24, 2010 at 9:18 am

I love plums! I love what you made with them, looks so delish!


2 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 24, 2010 at 9:19 am

ooh WOW I have to try some of these plums!! love how bright and colourful they are. happy holidays to you too! πŸ˜€


3 Amanda (Eating Up) November 24, 2010 at 9:21 am

How fun! Plums in oatmeal sound delish! Just when you think there aren’t any more combinations…


4 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday November 24, 2010 at 9:21 am

I like to deglaze my fruit with white wine or some type of liqueur.


5 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 24, 2010 at 9:21 am

Ya I’m not a huge fan of flavored coffee either — give me 100% coffee flavor please!!!

At first I thought plums in oats sounded kind of sick, but once the brown sugar/vanilla glaze got added it looked better and better!


6 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 24, 2010 at 9:22 am

Oh, these are so festive and beautiful. I’ve heard of them, sang of them, watched them dance, but I’ve never eaten sugar plums. I’m intrigued.


7 Kori November 24, 2010 at 9:26 am

Your breakfast sounds and looks magnificent! I will definitely be making sugar plum oatmeal soon. :) I am the same when it comes to coffee: strong, dark, and completely the real-deal…no artificial ingredients or flavor additives please. Have a terrific “Thanksgiving Eve”, Kath!


8 Christin@purplebirdblog November 24, 2010 at 9:26 am

Mmmmmmm, never made sugar plums, but I love plums so I probably should! :)


9 Cole November 24, 2010 at 9:31 am

You have some amazing ideas I never would have thought of!! I wouldn’t have considered cooking the plums to put them oatmeal!! Another reason why I read every one of your posts! Thanks again for the inspiration, KATH!!

PS: I keep forgetting to tell you that my husband and I had our first “Great Harvest” experience in Mt. Pleasent, SC two weeks ago. We shared an absolutely fantastic Turkey and Swiss on Dakota and followed it with the most amazing cinnamon chip scone I’ve ever eaten in my life…I can see why you’re so passioinate about it. I won’t lie, I’m thankful we don’t have a GH in town. I don’t think my willpower would be strong enough to pass up on a scone every time. :)


10 Kath November 24, 2010 at 9:35 am
11 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) November 24, 2010 at 9:31 am

Holy plums, those look amazing. Might have to start my t-giving food baby early tomorrow by making your exact same breakfast….but like 10 times larger haha.


12 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 24, 2010 at 9:33 am

I think I love those plums only because of the Sugar Plum Fairy. :-)

Have a great Thanksgiving, Kath!


13 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 24, 2010 at 9:33 am

I love sugar plums (I just wrote plumbs-that’s how I spell it too!) but I never would have though to put them in oatmeal. What a great idea!


14 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

I love that the first picture with all the plums! So pretty!


15 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) November 24, 2010 at 9:36 am

Um – best looking oatmeal EVER!


16 Heather November 24, 2010 at 9:39 am

I have never had a sugar plum – that oatmeal looks amazing though. I bet the cooked plums were delicious and sweet.

Happy Holidays!


17 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 24, 2010 at 9:41 am

Wow! Those “plumbs” look incredible! It makes me wish I had a big bowl at home so I could make oats topped with plumbs!!


18 Lee @ College Foodie Finds November 24, 2010 at 9:42 am

Great idea with the plums! It is almost like a MYOJ (Make your own jam!!) I officially make you the queen of oatmeal. Your creations always amazing me!


19 megan November 24, 2010 at 9:47 am

That’s funny!! I have always hated flavored coffees, and then started to try them again once I found your blog. But nope, still don’t like ’em!! Natural, bold coffees are more of a “real” food anyway! πŸ˜‰


20 The Peanut Butter Addict November 24, 2010 at 9:48 am

Yumm, that oatmeal looks so delicious! Great idea of cooking the plums separately from the oatmeal and adding it at the end.


21 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle November 24, 2010 at 9:50 am

omg this looks amazing!!! and I love the spelling “PLUMBS” lol


22 Annie@stronghealthyfit November 24, 2010 at 9:51 am

Looks delicious! You should make a pie or tart with the rest of them :-)
I don’t like flavored coffees either! Ick.


23 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 24, 2010 at 9:51 am

Oh that sounds delicious- I’ve never thought of actually cooking the fruit!! Hope you have a wonderful day.


24 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 24, 2010 at 9:53 am

i’ve never had sugar plums, but i’ll just have to hit up whole foods now!


25 Lauren November 24, 2010 at 9:54 am

Oh my gosh I always have plums at my house, but I’ve never thought to do this. Must try!


26 Eileen November 24, 2010 at 9:59 am

Wow. This looks absolutely wonderful!

I’ve always hated flavored coffee. Sadly, I *do* like flavored creamers, but I try to consider them an occasional treat.


27 Natalia - a side of simple November 24, 2010 at 9:59 am

Oh I love plums! I’m pretty sure I would be singing Christmas carols if I made this breakfast. Oh wait. I already am! :) Happy Thanksgiving-Eve, Kath :)


28 Lauren at KeepItSweet November 24, 2010 at 10:04 am

what a fun fruit to add to oatmeal for a change!


29 Julie @ Honey B. Nutrition November 24, 2010 at 10:06 am

Yes great minds think alike! I had a super sweet breakfast this morning and it was GREAT. I basically had a cookie with chocolate sauce! But since I made everything I knew it was healthy so.. why not! A healthy grain- and nut-filled cookie with some plain yogurt and homemade mint chocolate syrup made with a little bit of maple syrup? Perfect way to start the day and I am ready for a run!


30 Lu November 24, 2010 at 10:07 am

How have I never tried this? That looks divine! I know that my son would love it and what could be better than that for Black Friday Morning? Thanks for the inspiration.


31 stacey-healthylife November 24, 2010 at 10:09 am

That looks amazing and a great use for plums.


32 Katie (The Boston Marathoner) November 24, 2010 at 10:11 am

Those plums look totally delicious – I love the idea of warmed fruit on oatmeal! Usually I can only take bananas with my morning oatmeal since I don’t like cold & tart things with breakfast. I’m not enough of a morning person for that!


33 Camille November 24, 2010 at 10:15 am

Those are some beautiful looking plums! I feel like plums are so hit or miss. If you don’t eat them at just the right time they are kind of icky!


34 Jenifer November 24, 2010 at 10:16 am

Oh my… the plums look like dessert!!! Yumm! As for the flavored coffee… I can’t do anything french vanilla. It’s almost too much!

Have a great holiday Miss. Kath.


35 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 24, 2010 at 10:18 am

I love plums. They are delish.


36 Marina November 24, 2010 at 10:19 am

I love the idea of sautΓ©ing plums! I really should give that a try, I bet it tastes awesome


37 Meg November 24, 2010 at 10:21 am

Most beautiful breakfast ever! Ok, not EVER, because I know I’ve seen some pretty fantastic breakfasts on your blog πŸ˜‰ but it’s certainly up there.

Happy Wednesday!


38 Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple November 24, 2010 at 10:36 am

You know what I love? Friends with fruit trees, or access to lots of fruit. Thanks to a boss, neighbors, quilting friends… this last couple of years I’ve gotten persimmons, avocados, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, apples, passionfruit, strawberries, chard, tomatoes…

Like a good girl, I don’t turn anything down. Too many baking apples? Great! I’ll make applesauce. Zucchini? Zuke fritters. Chard? Chard risotto. Any leftover fruit gets frozen for later smoothies. Those plums would not last long in my house…


39 Nicole November 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

Ok, I think you’ve outdone yourself on the breakfast front, looks amazing!


40 Jessie -- November 24, 2010 at 10:52 am

Alllmost to the point where I too am sick of flavored coffee. I kind of can’t get enough of Wegman’s Pumpkin Pie coffee though… This bowl of oatmeal looks amazing!


41 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 24, 2010 at 10:53 am

i’ve lost my taste for flavored teas and gum as well – i think my body is rebelling against anything “artificial” – except in cookie form…


42 Stacy @ Every Little Thing November 24, 2010 at 10:59 am

Those look delicious. Can you do that with any other fruits (the skillet/glaze)?

And I write “nom cream” for ice cream on my grocery list :)


43 Rebekah November 24, 2010 at 11:05 am

**spinach! :)


44 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

I haven’t been into flavored coffees either! Well, except for Starbucks’ peppermint mocha lattes, but I don’t consider that coffee as much as I consider it a sweet afternoon snack. πŸ˜‰

Your oatmeal looks fabulous!! πŸ˜€


45 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen November 24, 2010 at 11:12 am

Wow – those plum(b)s :) are gorgeous!! Love this little recipe.


46 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 24, 2010 at 11:31 am

I wish I had seen this before making my morning oats! I bet the method would be good with pears too. Is it wrong to have oatmeal for breakfast AND lunch? πŸ˜‰


47 kate November 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

sugar plums dancing in your oatmeal!


48 Alaina November 24, 2010 at 11:38 am

Oh wow, that dish looks amazing!! You’re breakfasts are always so good :-)


49 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 24, 2010 at 11:46 am

Looks delicious! This would be a perfect Christmas morning breakfast. “While visions of sugarplums danced through their head” :)


50 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear November 24, 2010 at 12:08 pm

The oatmeal looks fabulous! I’m learning to love breakfast and oatmeal again and I love seeing my kind of things put into oatmeal, plums are SO good.


51 Kiran November 24, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Yummy! Happy Holidays Kath & Matt – the ERF’s!


52 Amy at TheSceneFromMe November 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm

And I thought I had seen it all! You always come up with another great oatmeal idea. This looks scrumptious!


53 Amber K November 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

My husband and I have taken to calling spinach, speanuts. Ahh gotta love Happy Slip on YouTube.


54 Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Mmmm, spianch πŸ˜‰
This oatmeal looks amazing!!


55 Samantha November 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Beautiful. You wouldn’t catch me eating it..but its beautiful!


56 Kath November 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Why not?


57 Kat November 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Oh my GOD this looks so beautiful! I want to try it RIGHT AWAY!
<3 Your beautiful pictures made my day!



58 Namaste Gurl November 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm

GREAT idea– now only if I get me some plums. Maybe i’ll just do it with apples :)


59 Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Oh jealous! I love sugar plums! I probably wouldn’t have been able to hold off them long enough to make something out of them.


60 Heidi - apples under my bed November 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Yum, Kath! Great idea. I love the idea of de-glazing with some vanilla. Can’t wait to try this :)
Heidi xo


61 Char November 24, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Looks beautiful!


62 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Sugar plums really get me in the holiday mood! Must be the “Night Before Christmas…”


63 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I’ve never tried plums in oatmeal. It looks delicious!

Also I’m really curious about your measuring cup – does it have an insert that measures tbsp or is it attached to the cup? That would be so handy!


64 Kath November 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm

It’s just a tiny little cup – one of those angled ones that you can view the measurements from above. It’s great for adding dashes of things. I think it holds 1/4 a cup total.


65 Hannah November 24, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Plums are one of my favouriterest fruits EVER! I’m definitely going to make this :)


66 Dee November 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm

WOW! I will have to try this one time!


67 erin fugal November 25, 2010 at 12:21 am

once :-) no more, no less


68 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 24, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Oh wow – great idea! Those look amazing!


69 Cailin @ Stir Crazy November 24, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I miss my farmers’ market plums! I love all those colors. I’m sure they tasted amazing in that oatmeal.
Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!


70 Rachel January 24, 2011 at 10:36 am

That looks DELICIOUS and it making me hungry just looking at it.


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