Breakfast

October 18, 2021

Cinnamon Pear Walnut Oatmeal

Cinnamon Pear Walnut Oatmeal is a cozy, flavorful breakfast recipe to start off a fall morning. This oatmeal is naturally gluten-free and vegan. It's packed with fiber and healthy fats for a satisfying breakfast.

Cinnamon Pear Walnut Oatmeal

It's no secret that oats are my favorite. They are so versatile - you can use oat flour in baked goods, make granola, or a hot bowl of oatmeal. So good!

So I whipped up this dish with some of my favorite fall ingredients: Asian pears and walnuts. It's a warm and tasty bowl that's perfect to power your day. Bonus: make a double batch and have breakfast prepped for days!

What are Asian Pears?

Asian pears are a variety of pears native to Japan and China (though all pears come from the east). They are a round shape, similar to an apple, unlike other pears you may be used to that have a narrow top and wide bottom. Asian pears also have brown skin and yellow flesh.

They are crunchy, just like normal pears, but they don't get as soft as Anju or Bartlett pears when ripe.

To me, they taste like a mix between an apple and a pear. And they are my favorite variety of pear. Asian pears are sweet and delicious. In this oatmeal recipe they add a nice sweetness, reducing the need for added sweetener.

Why I love Cinnamon Pear Walnut Oatmeal

This oatmeal feels like fall in a bowl. But it's not pumpkin spice! It celebrates some of fall's other great flavors.

  • Dietary needs — this recipe is dairy-free, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and can be made completely sugar-free if you omit the maple syrup
  • Delicious breakfast — this dish feels like fall in a bowl and it's filled with FLAVOR from the incredible Asian pears=
  • Nutrient dense — this breakfast is packed with fiber from the oats and pears, as well as healthy fats (including Omega-3s) from the walnuts

Cinnamon Pear Walnut Oatmeal

Ingredient Notes

  • Rolled Oats: rolled oats are great - they have tons of fiber and even a bit of protein. Feel free to cook them in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • Asian Pear: these pears are usually ready to eat right when you buy them from the store, no need to wait for ages for them to ripen.
  • Walnuts: Use raw walnuts for best results here. You can find them in the baking aisle or in the bulk section.
  • Ground Flax: for optimum nutrition buy whole flax seeds and grind them up right before you use them.
  • Cinnamon: For a hint of sweetness and depth of flavor.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavors of the oatmeal and pears.
  • Maple Syrup: You can add a drizzle of maple syrup to your oats if you'd like. Though they are already pretty sweet from the pear.

How to make Cinnamon Pear Walnut Oatmeal

Step 1. Cook the oats as directed on the package.

Step 2. Meanwhile slice the pear into thin strips.

Step 3. When the oatmeal is cooked turn off the heat and stir in the flaxseeds, cinnamon, and salt.

Step 4. Divide into bowls and top with the sliced pear and walnuts. Drizzle with maple syrup (optional). Enjoy!

Cinnamon Pear Walnut Oatmeal

Frequently Asked Questions

Is oatmeal gluten-free?

Yes! Oatmeal is naturally gluten-free. However, if you are avoiding gluten because you have celiac disease or a severe gluten allergy, be sure to buy oats that are certified gluten-free to ensure there is no contamination.

Can I cook this oatmeal in the microwave?

Yes. If you'd like to cook this oatmeal in the microwave instead of on the stove, you definitely can. Just follow the microwave instructions on the package and then add in the flax, cinnamon, and salt, as I describe in the recipe.

If you are cooking the oats in the microwave you might want to use quick oats instead of rolled oats. I find that quick oats create a better consistency than rolled when cooked in the microwave.

Can I use quick oats instead?

Yes. The quick oats will (as stated in the name) cook more quickly than rolled. And they will create a more mushy final product. Otherwise they are the same.

What are Asian Pears?

Asian pears are a different variety of pears. They are round and sweet. I highly recommend you give them a try!

Can I use a different type of pear?

Yes. If you can't find Asian pears or have a different type of pear on hand, feel free to use a different variety. You likely won't be able to slice Anjou or Bartlett pears the same way as I sliced the Asian pears in the pictures.

Can I use a nut besides walnuts?

Definitely. I think pecans would be great in this oatmeal. Or almonds. Keep in mind that the nutritional content is slightly different for each type of nut - walnuts have higher levels of key nutrients.

What do I do with leftover oatmeal?

Refrigerate leftover oatmeal. It can be easily reheated in the microwave the next day. Or you could make a large batch of this Cinnamon Pear Walnut Oatmeal for breakfast all week!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for this delicious breakfast. Help it to nourish our bodies and fuel our day. Amen.

Cinnamon Pear Walnut Oatmeal

Related Recipes

If you love oats as much as I do, you'll enjoy these other fall-themed oatmeal recipes:

And if you're looking for some great meal prep, try these overnight oats recipes:

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Cinnamon Pear Walnut Oatmeal

Cinnamon Pear Walnut Oatmeal is a cozy, flavorful breakfast recipe to start off a fall morning. This oatmeal is naturally gluten-free and vegan. It's packed with fiber and healthy fats for a satisfying breakfast.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

2

Prep:

5

min

cook:

5

min

total:

10

min

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Japanese (Asian) Pear
  • 1/4 Cup Walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Flax
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Pinch Salt
  • Maple Syrup, if desired

Instructions

  1. Cook the oats as directed on the package.
  2. Meanwhile slice the pear into thin strips.
  3. When the oatmeal is cooked turn off the heat and stir in the flaxseeds, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Divide into bowls and top with the sliced pear and walnuts. Drizzle with maple syrup (optional). Enjoy!
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November 15, 2021
Elizabeth | The Plant-Based Catholic
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking.
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography