Cinnamon Pear Oatmeal (Ready in 5 Minutes)

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This hearty Cinnamon Pear Oatmeal is ready in just 5 minutes! Made with fresh pears and rolled oats, this healthy breakfast will keep you energized all morning.


If you love fall flavors, then this dessert-inspired Pear Oatmeal is for you. It is made in the microwave with just 5 ingredients and has the perfect combination of tender pears, cinnamon, and a touch of maple syrup. This oatmeal is the perfect quick and easy breakfast. 

Coffee, ten extra minutes of sleep, and this oatmeal that tastes like dessert and I am one happy girl.  It doesn't take much, but we all know how hard it can be some mornings. Sometimes making breakfast seems like too much work.

Luckily, this healthy fall-inspired cinnamon and pear oatmeal couldn't be easier to make. It can be made on the stovetop or in the microwave, so it's perfect no matter how much time you have. Plus it tastes kind of like an apple crisp - full of cinnamon and oats and maple syrup.  Yum.  

Want more fall dessert flavor? If you want to make things extra yummy, add a touch of butter when cooking the pears. It really kicks up those buttery crisp flavors. 

Cooking for a crowd? This pear oatmeal recipe will also work in larger batches when cooking on the stovetop.  

On busy mornings, we also love this Perfect Microwave Oatmeal, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, and Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal.

What You'll Need

  • Rolled oats: For the best texture, make sure to use old-fashioned rolled oats. Quick-cooking oats or quick-cooking steel cut oats (just follow cooking directions on the package) will also work. Regular steel-cut oast will not work in this recipe since they take longer to cook and require more liquid. Instant oats also aren't recommended since they will come out mushy.
  • Pears: This recipe uses fresh pears that are cooked quickly in the microwave. You could also saute fresh pears in a pan. Canned pears or pear puree would also work.
  • Cinnamon: For all that fall flavor, cinnamon is a must. Apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg would all work as well.
  • Almond milk: Use any milk you like for the recipe. If not using vanilla-flavored milk, consider adding a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Maple syrup: To add a hint of sweetness and maple flavor, I like to use a touch of maple syrup. Honey, agave, brown sugar, or coconut sugar also work well.

Recipe Ideas: Add More Flavor and Nutrition

There are so many ways to customize this pear oatmeal recipe to add extra flavor and nutrition.

  • Add flavor and healthy fat to this recipe with peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter.
  • Add crunch with some sliced walnuts, pecans, or almonds.
  • Boost the nutrients in this recipe with chia seeds, flaxseed, hemp seeds, or pumpkin seeds.
  • Double up on the fruit by adding some diced apple. Or consider adding some fresh blueberries or raspberries before serving.
  • For a more natural sweetener, add 1/2 mashed banana to the oats.

Tips for Perfect Oatmeal

Follow these tips to make delicious oatmeal every single time. 

  • Use milk instead of water to make your oatmeal. Any type of milk is fine, but milk adds flavor and creaminess.
  • Boost flavor cinnamon and vanilla extract. For even more flavor, add a pinch of salt.
  • Use fruit as the main sweetener since it boosts flavor and natural sweetness
  • For the best texture, use rolled old-fashioned oats. They are more affordable and will not be mushy.
  • Always use a large container when microwaving oatmeal so it doesn't boil over the edges. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to the most common questions about making pear oatmeal?

This oatmeal recipe works great with canned pears. Look for pears that are canned in their own juice without added sugar instead of canned pears in syrup. Since these pears are already soft, you can skip the extra step of cooking them.

Steel-cut oatmeal requires more liquid and takes about 30 minutes to cook. To make pear steel-cut oats, quickly saute the pears in a pan. Then follow the instructions on the package for making steel-cut oats, adding milk instead of water. 

This pear oatmeal can be made on the stovetop in a larger batch and then stored in the fridge for quick meals during the week. When reheating the pear oatmeal, add a splash of milk or water. 

The Recipe
Cinnamon pear oatmeal in a bowl with diced pears, cinnamon, and old fashioned oats.

Cinnamon Pear Oatmeal (Ready in 5 Minutes)

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  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (or more)
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk)
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup (or more)

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Stove top option: Add the pear, water, and cinnamon to a small pot. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 4-6 minutes, stirring a few times, until the pears begin to become tender. (You can cook longer if you prefer the pears to break down more.) Then add the oats, milk, and maple syrup. Bring back to a simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes until oats are tender. Make sure to stir a few times throughout cooking so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot and burn.


Microwave option: Add the pear, water, and cinnamon to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2-3 minutes until the pears are tender. (You can cook longer if you prefer the pears to break down more.) Stir in the oats, maple syrup, and milk. Microwave for 1.5 minutes. Stir and microwave for another 1-1.5 minutes or until tender.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272
Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 294mg
Total Carbohydrate 53g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 21g
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.


Spraying the pot or bowl with cooking spray will eliminate some sticking. Make sure to cook the oatmeal in a large bowl so it doesn't boil over.
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February 25, 2023 - 15:41
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This is really good. The first time I made it exactly as written. The second time, I tripled it and added a tablespoon of brown sugar, a quarter teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of cardamom while cutting the milk back by a quarter.
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February 12, 2023 - 13:35
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this is so delicious!!!
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September 18, 2019 - 15:17
It doesn’t specify but I assume due to the short cook time, these are quick oats?
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September 19, 2019 - 08:57
Actually whole rolled oats will work! They only take 2-3 minutes in most microwaves. If you prefer quick cooking oats, you may want to cut the cooking time down to 1.5-2 minutes.
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Annie Nagaoka
January 28, 2018 - 06:39
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I love this! It's an easy, delicious, gluten and dairy free breakfast!
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Sharla Utz
March 18, 2016 - 21:15
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This has become a regular rotation in my weekday morning. I make the first step of the microwave version the night before and then refrigerate overnight and take it with me in the morning. Finish it in the microwave at work for a healthy, tasty, warm, breakfast.
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Megan Eaton
January 6, 2016 - 17:29
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I love this recipe! It was super easy to make and I ended up using chocolate soymilk (because that's what I had in the fridge) so it ended up being a chocolatey treat:)
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