Wonderfully tasty pear baked oatmeal with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and sweet pears in every bite. This easy pear oatmeal bake is filled with warming flavors and makes a perfect winter breakfast or brunch, using up some ripe pears which may otherwise get thrown away.
It can be difficult to tell when a pear is perfectly ripe, but here are our best tips: apply a slight pressure to the fruit, near the stem. If it is slightly soft, then it’s perfect for eating or using in a recipe. We do not recommend eating or using in recipes if the pear is still hard. Always store your pears on the counter (or at room temperature).
Optional ingredient swaps:
- To keep this baked oatmeal dairy free: you can use vegan butter or melted coconut oil instead of real butter. However, do not try browning either of those options, as it will not work.
- To make gluten free: be sure to use gluten free rolled oats if you’d like to make this recipe gluten free.
- Don’t have pears on hand? Instead of pears, apples would also be delicious option. We’d go for honeycrisp or Granny Smith’s as they are also sweet and juicy!
SERVES 6 | PREP TIME – 25 mins | COOK TIME – 35 mins | TOTAL COOK TIME – 1 hour
Per Serving – 401 Cals | Fat 15g | Carbs 54g | Protein 9g
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk (or any milk of choice)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Dry ingredients:
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 small to medium ripe bartlett pears, diced (about 1 ½ cups diced pears)
- ¼ cup finely diced walnuts (or sub pecans)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 inch pan with oil or nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- First, brown your butter: add butter to a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Once melted, the butter will begin to crackle, and then eventually foam. This will take a few minutes. Make sure you whisk constantly during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown and turn a nice golden amber color on the bottom of the saucepan. Continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pure maple syrup, almond milk and vanilla extract.
- Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients: oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined, then stir in diced pears and finally, the browned butter.
- Pour mixture into the prepared pan and smooth top. Sprinkle the top with chopped walnuts, if using. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown and center is set.
- Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes, then cut into 6 slices and serve.