Fall is the season to enjoy cozy flavours and comforting textures. Food does not need to be unhealthy, though. If you are looking for a tasty and warming breakfast for chilly mornings, this Spiced Maple Pear Oatmeal may be the answer!Jump to Recipe
Hey folks. I hope you are doing well! Thank you for all your comments on my three previous posts dedicated tp our Croatian trip. I hope you have added this wonderful country on your travel bucket list. And if you missed these posts, here we go: Croatia, May 2023 (Part 1), Croatia, May 2023 (Part 2), and Croatia, May 2023 (Part 3). Also, while this post is not directly relate to Croatia, I’d suggest to check it – Ajvar – Balkan Pepper Spread. It is a super tasty spread recipe from the Balkan region that we got to know (and try) on our vacation.
And now I am back to food blogging. I know it’s already October, with some busy times on their way. But I hope to sneak a few apples, pears, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes somewhere between Halloween and Christmas ideas. I know that’s challenging, but I’ll do my best. And if I fail, well, pumpkins, apples, and root vegetables are the produce we can enjoy in winter, too.
Spiced Maple Pear Oatmeal
While I can enjoy cottage cheese or granola most part of the year, at some point the mornings are getting chilly and dark. And then you start craving for something cozy and warm more often. That’s not surprising though – waking up when it’s completely dark and chilly can be quite tough. This does not mean I completely give up on my favourite cottage cheese during fall and winter. But those days I definitely make some scrambled eggs or oatmeal more often.
Oatmeal is an excellent option for the cold time of the year (indeed, for all year round.) It is high in protein and fiber, hence, it will keep you full for a long time. Besides, who can resist the fantastic aroma of maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and ginger? It will make the dark/cold situation much better. Thanks to the addition of butter and maple, this oatmeal may not be as healthy as other variations – but healthy enough to enjoy throughout the week.
Personally, I often make a large container enough for 2-3 days and microwave a serving for about 60 seconds. That means more time to enjoy my morning coffee and less dishes to wash – isn’t it a great bonus? If you would like to make a large portion of this Spiced Maple Pear Oatmeal to enjoy for a few days, I would recommend to cook it a little less – perhaps a minute or a minute and half less than the package’s instructions and also transfer the prepared oatmeal into a container (a glass one would be perfect) right away. In this case you will ensure that the oatmeal is not overcooked (and yes, it will still be getting softer in the fridge so opt for an al denta option.)
I hope you like this Spiced Maple Pear Oatmeal, and you will give it a try soon. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.
Spiced Maple Pear OatmealCourse: Breakfast
This Spiced Maple Pear Oatmeal is a warming and cozy breakfast idea for dark and chilly mornings.
- Spiced Maple Pears:
1 tbsp. butter
2-3 tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg (or to taste)
a pinch of salt
1 large pear (such as Bartlett) – ripe but still firm, cubed or sliced
1 cup rolled oats (5-7 minutes cooking time)
1 and 1/2 cup to 2 cups of water (or milk or the combination of both) – see notes
a pinch of salt
1 tsp. butter (optional)
pecans, for serving (optional)
- Spiced Maple Pears:
- Combine the butter and maple syrup along with the spices in a medium pan over high-medium heat. rapidly simmer for about 2 minutes to thicken lightly.
- Add the cubed or sliced pears and using a spatula, gently mix to coat. Simmer, occasionally tossing, for about 2-5 minutes, depending on their ripeness and your preferences (some firm types may require longer time). Keep an eye on them as they can turn mushy quickly. When ready, turn off the heat. This should be enough for 2-3 servings of oatmeal.
- In a small saucepan, bring the water with a pinch of salt to a slow boil.
- Add the oats and cook, occasionally stirring, for about 5 minutes (depending on the package instruction; I also love to simmer it 30-60 seconds less than suggested) over medium heat. Off heat. If desired, add one tsp. of butter. Cover and let it stand for a minute or two. Then fluff it up a bit and serve immediately topped with the sautéed pears and some pecans if desired. Enjoy!
- The standard ratio is roughly 1:2 (oats to liquid), resulting in quite thin porridge. Personally, I love to use less water for an extra thick consistency. Also, I used water, but milk is an excellent option for more delicate flavour and richer consistency. When using milk, I like combining ½ a cup of water and ½ a cup of milk.
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