Spiced Mandarin Pecan Oatmeal

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Our Spiced Mandarin Pecan Oatmeal is a totally new way to start the day! A great bowl of oatmeal can be the perfect eye-opener with tender plump grains that hold their bite and shape.

Enhance with a hint of sweetness using our honey whipped cream and freshly sliced Sumo Citrus.

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Sumo Citrus being used for Spiced Mandarin Pecan Oatmeal.

Sum citrus, also known as Citrus reticulata var. “Sumo” or Sumo mandarin, is a relatively recent addition to the world of citrus fruits. It was developed in Japan in the late 20th century through a unique hybridization process. The Sumo mandarin is a cross between the Kiyomi tangor, which is a hybrid of a mandarin and an orange, and the California navel orange.

The Sumo mandarin was created with the goal of producing a large, seedless, and easy-to-peel citrus fruit with exceptional flavor. After years of selective breeding and cultivation, the Sumo mandarin was introduced to the market in the early 2000s.

Since its introduction, Sumo citrus has gained popularity for its sweet and tangy flavor, distinctive “top knot” on the stem end, and easy-to-peel skin. It has become a sought-after variety among citrus enthusiasts and is celebrated for its juiciness and lack of seeds.

Today, Sumo citrus is primarily grown in California’s San Joaquin Valley, where the climate and soil conditions are ideal for producing high-quality fruit. It is typically available in grocery stores and markets from January to April, making it a seasonal treat for citrus lovers around the world.

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Delightful Oatmeal Toppings: Our Top 10 Picks

Anything you like, I suggest trying it our way first and then get creative and toss in what you love!

  1. Fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) and sliced bananas
  2. Apple Pie Spice
  3. Chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)
  4. Nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter)
  5. Honey or maple syrup
  6. Greek yogurt
  7. Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots)
  8. Chia seeds or flaxseeds
  9. Shredded coconut
  10. Dark chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
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Varieties of Oatmeal to Elevate Your Breakfast

  1. Rolled Oats: Classic and versatile, perfect for traditional oatmeal.
  2. Steel-Cut Oats: Hearty and chewy texture, ideal for a more rustic oatmeal.
  3. Instant Oats: Quick and convenient, great for busy mornings.
  4. Scottish Oats: Creamy and smooth texture, with a finer grind than traditional oats.
  5. Old-Fashioned Oats: Similar to rolled oats but slightly thicker and heartier.
  6. Oat Groats: Whole oat kernels, offering a chewy texture and nutty flavor.
  7. Oat Bran: High-fiber option, perfect for adding to smoothies or baking.
  8. Quick-Cooking Oats: Similar to instant oats but with a slightly longer cooking time.
  9. Gluten-Free Oats: Safe for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.
  10. Flavored Oatmeal Packets: Convenient options with added flavors like maple and brown sugar or apple cinnamon.

These varieties offer a range of textures and cooking times, catering to different preferences and dietary needs.

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How to Make Spiced Mandarin Pecan Oatmeal

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Spiced Mandarin Pecan Oatmeal

Our Spiced Mandarin Pecan Oatmeal is a totally new way to start the day! A great bowl of oatmeal can be the perfect eye-opener with tender plump grains that hold their bite and shape. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mean Green Chef

Ingredients

Honey Whip Cream

  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream, organic
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Oatmeal

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan sea salt or Kosher sea salt, finely ground
  • 8 dates, pitted + chopped
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats, organic
  • 1/2 cup pan roasted pecans
  • 1 Sumo Citrus (mandarin orange), peeled + sliced

Instructions

Honey Whip Cream

  • Lightly beat the cream in a large chilled bowl with a balloon whisk, or in an electric beater, until it begins to thicken. Add the honey and vanilla and continue to beat until the cream is stiff and stands in firm peaks on the beater.
    Overhead shot of a bowl of Spiced Mandarin Pecan Oatmeal garnished with whipped cream and Sumo Citrus.

Spiced Mandarin Pecan Oatmeal

  • In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan bring the water, milk, butter, and salt to a boil.
    Overhead shot of a bowl of Spiced Mandarin Pecan Oatmeal garnished with whipped cream and Sumo Citrus.
  • Stir in the oats and chopped dates.
    Overhead shot of a bowl of Spiced Mandarin Pecan Oatmeal garnished with whipped cream and Sumo Citrus.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cook oats uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. 
    Ingredients for Spiced Mandarin Pecan Oatmeal cooking in a pot on the stove top.
  • Transfer the oatmeal to bowls; top with Mandarin segments, whipped cream, pan roasted pecans, and a drizzle of honey. Serve immediately.
    Overhead shot of a bowl of Spiced Mandarin Pecan Oatmeal garnished with whipped cream and Sumo Citrus.

Notes

  • Prep time is approximate. 
 
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    1. This looks wonderful! I’d just leave off the whipped cream. Trying this soon.

      1. Hi, Cindy thanks so much for stopping by to check out our oatmeal recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do! It will be great without the whipped cream as well 🙂

    2. Everything about this sounds perfect! Honestly though, I’m super into that honey whipped cream. It sounds delicious and I imagine it would add the perfect sweet creaminess to a hearty bowl of oatmeal.

      1. Thanks, Collen! The honey whipped cream can take any bowl of oatmeal over the top 🙂

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