Spiced Vanilla Pear Oatmeal

Oatmeal with pears and walnuts.

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.


A bowl of spiced pear oatmeal with pears on a white ground

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.

Vanilla spiced pear oatmeal with spoon

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.

Vanilla spiced pear oatmeal in a white bowl with spoon

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 ~

A bowl of spiced pear oatmeal with green pears
3.43 from 26 votes

Spiced Vanilla Pear Oatmeal

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Yield 2 servings
Author Sue Moran


for 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

for serving:

  • 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.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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!

Pinterest image pear oatmeal.

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    December 10, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Sue, can you tell me how many servings this makes? I’d like to make it for my family. This looks so delicious, my mouth is watering for some right now!

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      December 10, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      It will serve 2 Carolyn. Thanks!

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    September 9, 2020 at 7:35 am

    5 stars
    This was a delightful breakfast this morning! Thank you!

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    Jessica Cook
    October 12, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Made this for breakfast food prep and had some as dinner. Really good! I sauteed the pears with brown sugar and the spices for a little while before adding the water, milk, vanilla, and oats. To serve I added walnuts, raisins, and pomegranate seeds, very comforting 🙂

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      October 12, 2019 at 7:20 pm

      It’s perfect for this time of year 🙂

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    Felicia Morales
    March 27, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Made this oatmeal this morning! Easy, delicious and comforting! Definitely will be my go-to. Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us!

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    November 29, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Looks delicious and will definitely try this out. Instant oats, though, rather than old-fashioned?

    • Reply
      November 29, 2018 at 7:13 pm

      You can use either, no problem.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    November 27, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    What a gorgeous breakfast idea, I love the delicious toppings!

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    November 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Any ideas on making this an overnight option?

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    November 23, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Wish I had this for breakfast today! Sooooo cold 🙂

  • Reply
    November 23, 2018 at 3:32 am

    So delicious and healthy! I love the combo of pear and walnuts.

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