I had my first persimmon about a year ago. I’ve always admired their bright color and shape. Finally having picked one up, I fell in love at first taste. They have their own unique flavor…a sweet cinnamony flavor that I look forward to when they’re in season. This recipe came about as I had a couple lying around. After a quick google search for persimmon recipes I decided to put them in a baked oatmeal, which by the way is a first for me. I found a baked oatmeal recipe for persimmons and cranberries which looked great and also one for persimmon and apple. I happen to have red grapes on hand, and after looking in my trusted Vegetarian Flavor Bible saw that persimmons and grapes compliment each other. I’ve so been wanting to try grapes from the oven so it was born this persimmon & grape baked oatmeal. The baked grapes ended up being the star in this recipe and bake up warm and juicy. I would add a few extra next time. The persimmons add their own special flare and are soft and flavorful. I also used a vanilla bean as I ran out of vanilla extract which was a nice touch and treat. If you have one on hand give it a try! I was super pleased with this combination of ingredients, although it sounds strange it’s full of flavor, texture and not to mention your home will smell wonderful as it bakes. This is so easy to put together and well the worth the wait!
PERSIMMON & GRAPE BAKED OATMEAL
- 1 fuyu persimmon, peeled and diced
- 1 cup red grapes (use your favorite color grapes)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
- pinch mineral salt
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a medium sized or 8×8 baking dish, combine the oatmeal, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Add in milk, syrup and vanilla, mix well. Add in persimmon, grapes and nuts, mix again. Bake in oven on middle rack or 35 -40 minutes.
Serve warm with a splash or two of non-dairy milk over top. If you didn’t bake with the nuts in you may like to add a few over top before eating.
Serves 4 or 2 generously.
Sub in fresh cranberries for the grapes. Try using diced apples of choice in place of the persimmon. Use more of either of the fruits if you like.
Edit: (updated on 10/11/15) Old recipe instructions were as follows:
In medium bowl combine the oatmeal, cinnamon, cardamom, pecans and salt. In another bowl combine the milk, syrup and vanilla. Add wet mixture to the dry mixture, mix well. Add in persimmon and grapes, mix again.
Place mixture into a lightly greased 9 x 9 baking dish and bake for 40 minutes.
You can see that I have changed the method. The new method will use less dishes and comes out just as good! I’ve found that there is no need to grease the baking dish. Enjoy the simpler version or use this old one if you prefer.