This delicious cinnamon pear oatmeal recipe tastes like homemade pear pie and makes a warm and comforting breakfast idea for heart health. Learn more about the health benefits of oatmeal. Plus how to make my wonderful cinnamon pear oatmeal for you and your family for breakfast!
I love pear season. Pears are always such a treat. And once cooked, they become even more delectable as the natural sugars and flavors really shine through.
One of my favorite dishes for lunch, before everything shut down, was a warm poached pear salad from a local spot called Bernard’s Gastropub. It consisted of mixed greens, poached pear, cucumber, toasted walnut, bleu cheese, shaved onion and citrus gastrique. I always added grilled shrimp to mine for protein, and enjoyed it at least twice a month (and sometimes once a week) when making my escape from the confines of my home. Self employment after all, especially when you work at home, can be terribly isolating. Therefore a trip downtown for fresh food and friendly faces always made my week.
Now that working from home has become the norm for more and more people, I’m finally (though reluctantly) starting adapt to staying at home. I’ve gone through a whirlwind of emotions on this, and struggled a bit with anxiety and depression as well. However, as I interact with my parents on a daily basis, I have to be extra cautious about not eating out and taking extra care when I run errands or hit the grocery store. And of course, take out, even from my favorite restaurants, is just not the same as dining indoors.
While I miss the social interaction with other people most of all, I can at least set aside the giant bags of potato chips and enjoy real food again. This cinnamon pear oatmeal recipe not only reminds me of one of my favorite restaurants, it’s also the perfect comfort food to start the day.
Health Benefits of Eating Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a heart healthy food, as well as one that’s easily added to your everyday diet. A nutritious and healthy grain, oats contain more protein and fats than other grains. They’re also a good source of carbohydrates and fiber. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds, oats also contain avenanthramides, group of phenolic alkaloids. Avenanthramides help to increase the production of nitric oxide in the body, which in turn, may help to lower blood pressure levels. This is especially beneficial if you have high blood pressure or are in a high risk group.
In addition to avenanthramides, oats also contain a soluble fiber called beta-glucan. Beta-glucan has been shown to help lower cholesterol, as well as reduce blood sugar while increasing healthy gut bacteria. It can also give you a feeling of fullness, so you’re less likely to feel hungry later on. (Unlike those doughnuts that we’re all so fond of.) By eating more filling foods, you’re more likely to consume fewer calories over the course of the day. This can also be beneficial if you are trying to lose weight.
There are other benefits to eating oatmeal as well. The fiber present in oatmeal can help with regular bowel movements, especially if you commonly experience constipation. Studies have shown that the oat bran contained in oatmeal can both reduce constipation as well as the need for laxatives, especially for older adults and the elderly.
Cinnamon Pear Oatmeal Recipe
While not everyone likes oatmeal, it could just be you’re eating it wrong. Throwing in warm caramelized pears, cinnamon, pomegranate and almonds, gives this pear oatmeal recipe a tasty twist on traditional oatmeal that tastes just like pear pie! So even if your spouse or kids loathe eating the stuff, they’re sure to change their minds once they try this wonderful alternative.
1 medium pear, sliced
1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 cup oat milk (or milk of choice)
1/4 cup almond, chopped
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Directions for Making Pear Oatmeal:
To make my cinnamon pear oatmeal recipe, place a non-stick pot on medium heat on the stove stop.
Add the butter and melt.
Once the butter has melted, add the sliced pears to the pot. Then stir in half of the brown sugar along with all of the spices called for in the recipe.
Cook the pears on the stovetop until the pears caramelize, stirring as needed to avoid scorching.
Once the pears have caramelized, add the pomegranate seeds and almonds to the pot. Stir the ingredients in with the pears to incorporate the added ingredients, then cook for an addition 15 to 30 seconds.
Now remove the cooked pears from the pot and place inside a heat safe dish. Set aside.
Using the same pot you used to cook the pears, you will now cook the oatmeal.
To do this, add the oatmeal to the pot along with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Roast the oats.
Once the oats have roasted, add the oat milk. Then cook the oatmeal until it reaches a creamy consistency. Cook the oatmeal longer for a thicker oatmeal, or less for a thinner oatmeal.
When the oatmeal has finished cooking, divide the oatmeal evenly between two serving bowls. Then top with caramelized pear.
If desired, you can drizzle the cinnamon pear oatmeal with agave syrup for added sweetness.
- 1 medium pear, sliced
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats
- 1 cup oat milk
- 1/4 cup almond, chopped
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- Place a non-stick pot on medium heat on the stove stop.
- Add the butter and melt.
- Once the butter has melted, add the sliced pears to the pot. Then stir in half of the brown sugar along with all of the spices called for in the recipe.
- Cook the pears on the stovetop until the pears caramelize, stirring as needed to avoid scorching.
- Once the pears have caramelized, add the pomegranate seeds and almonds to the pot. Stir the ingredients in with the pears to incorporate the added ingredients, then cook for an addition 15 to 30 seconds.
- Now remove the cooked pears from the pot and place inside a heat safe dish. Set aside.
- Add the oatmeal to the same pot you used to cook the pears along with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Roast the oats.
- Once the oats have roasted, add the oat milk. Then cook the oatmeal until it reaches a creamy consistency.
- Finally, divide the oatmeal evenly between two serving bowls. Then top with caramelized pear.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 483Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 11gSugar: 33gProtein: 11g
If you like my cinnamon pear oatmeal recipe, then you may also enjoy another fall favorite for making homemade pumpkin butter.
This post originally appeared on Becca Ink.