Pear Oatmeal – Barefeet in the Kitchen


Spiced pear oatmeal full of rolled oats, cooked pears, cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter is a weekday breakfast delight.

oatmeal with pears, cinnamon, and brown sugar

Pear Oatmeal

A steamy bowl of fragrant oatmeal is a must on a cold morning. Oatmeal is the breakfast equivalent of a hearty soup when it comes to warming your entire body and fueling the belly when the temperature drops to chillier temperatures.

We have always been a family that enjoys waking up to a pot of oatmeal simmering on the stove for breakfast. But it wasn’t until moving to the midwest from Arizona that I fully understood its warming powers.

Warm spiced pear oatmeal with cinnamon, nuts, and brown sugar has the power to pull my flannel pajamaed kids out of bed. It is an easy oatmeal to make on the stovetop and leftovers heat right up in the microwave.

When making pear oatmeal I tend to go light on the brown sugar. Depending on the variety, pears have so much natural sweetness to them.

I wait until just before serving and top each serving with a teaspoon or two of brown sugar to melt with the butter for a delicious combination to mix into each bowl.

Pear Oatmeal

For most fruit desserts, pears included, I rarely peel the fruit. I’ve found that in most cases, the peels soften enough they don’t bother us a bit and we are happy to include them in the recipes.

Check out the best-ever peach cobbler and this peach oatmeal for proof of that.

However, in this recipe, because I like the pears to retain their fresh flavors, I don’t cook them in the oatmeal for more than a few moments to warm them. It’s worth a few minutes of effort to quickly peel them and avoid any tough peels in the oatmeal.

That said, if pear peels don’t bother you a bit? Feel free to skip that step.

fresh pears in oatmeal

Pear Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients 

  • rolled oats
  • water
  • pecans or walnuts chopped
  • kosher salt
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • ripe pears
  • light brown sugar
  • butter
pear oatmeal

Instructions

  1. Combine the oats, water, pecans or walnuts, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. 
  2. As soon as it boils, reduce the heat to low and simmer for just a few minutes until the oats are soft. Stir in the pears, and cook just long enough to warm them, about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and add brown sugar to taste. 
  3. The sweeter the pears, the less brown sugar you will need. Scoop into serving bowls and top with butter and additional pecans or walnuts, if desired.
creamy oatmeal with pears, butter, and brown sugar

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Servings: 5 servings

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  • Combine the oats, water, pecans or walnuts, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. 

  • As soon as it boils, reduce the heat to low and simmer for just a few minutes until the oats are soft. Stir in the pears and cook just long enough to warm them, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

  • Scoop into serving bowls and top with butter and brown sugar, keeping in mind that the sweeter the pears, the less sugar you may need.

Calories: 294kcal · Carbohydrates: 50g · Protein: 6g · Fat: 9g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g · Monounsaturated Fat: 5g · Sodium: 247mg · Potassium: 297mg · Fiber: 8g · Sugar: 22g · Vitamin A: 33IU · Vitamin C: 5mg · Calcium: 50mg · Iron: 2mg

Pear Oatmeal with butter and sugar in bowl


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