Spiced Vanilla Pear Oatmeal is a healthy gluten free hot cereal with floral, fruity pear, fragrant vanilla, warm spices, and creamy oats ~ it makes for an aromatherapy boost we could all use on frosty mornings.
This vanilla spiced pear oatmeal feels (and tastes!) luxurious but is actually quick and easy enough to make in the morning before work or school. Basically everything gets tossed in a saucepan, simmered for a few minutes, and voila! Hearty, cozy, winter breakfast perfection.
You could definitely make this recipe with apples, and feel free to experiment with the spice combination, but there is something about the flavor of pears that I think really makes this recipe special. Pears are in season through the winter, and if you’re lucky enough to get a box of pears sent to you during the holidays, this is a great way to use up the stragglers.
A nice hot breakfast can go a long way on cold, dark mornings, and the warm fragrance of the spices and the pears in this recipe is a real treat.
I’ve got other hot cereals to help keep the hygge vibe going all season long ~
Spiced Vanilla Pear Oatmeal
- 1 cup rolled oats, instant or old fashioned
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk, use non dairy milk if you like
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 pear, chopped (make sure your pear is fairly ripe, the pieces will cook a little bit with the oats, but not that much)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste, or vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- extra milk
- honey or brown sugar
- Combine oats, water, milk, spices, vanilla, chopped pears, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for a few minutes until thickened and the oats are cooked through.
- Serve with extra milk, chopped walnuts, and honey or brown sugar for sweetness.
Make this spiced vanilla pear oatmeal your own ~
Make it sweeter: this recipe does not have any sugar in the oatmeal itself—I prefer to add mine during serving in the form of some honey or brown sugar sprinkled on top. If you prefer, however, you can add a bit of sugar or honey to the oatmeal while it cooks.
Make it dairy free: use any non dairy milk you like, nut milks and soy will work well, even coconut milk.
Use pecans in place of the walnuts, or omit the nuts altogether!