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.
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.
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.
* 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.
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