Cool, fall weekend mornings call for a warm and yummy breakfast. My first thoughts…pancakes and waffles, are sugar-laden, and full of refined-flour. “I’m essentially eating cake for breakfast and will feel hungry in an hour,” I say to myself. These types of foods are not so good for your hunger or blood sugar levels. Don’t get me wrong, I love to enjoy pancakes and waffles every once in a while, but when I need a breakfast that will keep me feeling satisfied, these sweet treats just won’t cut it. Cue the wholesome, fiber-filled goodness of oats!
This delicious fall-food inspired spiced pear oatmeal bake hits the spot. Oats are a whole grain and are a true superfood with over 4 grams of fiber per cup! In addition, oats even have a specific type of fiber called beta-glucan that is known to help lower cholesterol. A healthy and nutritious choice!
The benefits of eating oats:
- Can help lower cholesterol
- Can keep you regular
- Contains 51% of the recommended daily intake of thiamine in a cup
- And contains over 100% of the recommended daily intake of Manganese!
- Can help reduce the risk of heart disease, colorectal cancer and blood pressure
- Oats also keep you feeling full!
Quick cook? Old fashioned? Or steel cut oats?
The difference lies in the texture and how each variety is processed. Quick cook oatmeal packets often contain outrageous amounts of sugar. But plain quick cook, old fashioned and steel cut oats are nutritionally very similar.
Cooking times and texture do vary between different types of oats.
- Quick cook oats cook in about a minute (be wary of the added sugar) and have a softer, more porridge-like texture.
- Old fashioned oats (aka rolled oats) cook in about 3-5 minutes and are less mushy in texture. My preferred type for a quick breakfast!
- Steel cut oats cook in about 20-30 minutes and are more chewy and almost brown rice-like in texture.
We have all three types in the AdventureBlooms’ household, but we use old fashioned oats most frequently for our “almost-daily” oatmeal breakfasts.
Weekend mornings call for more than just porridge.. So to keep with the healthy oats theme, our spiced pear oatmeal bake was born! And man is it good! A rush of delicious flavors from the very first bite! Hope you enjoy it!Print
Filling and fall-inspired. This cozy oatmeal bake is loaded with pears and nutmeg!
- 2 cups plus one handful old fashioned oats, divided
- 2 pears, divided: 1 pear sliced and 1 pear diced
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups milk (can be regular or a nut milk)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted, but not hot)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Garnish with mint and a drizzle of maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 9×9 inch baking pan.
- Line bottom of baking pan with sliced pears.
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients: oats, walnuts, flax, baking powder, spices and chopped pears. Spread dry ingredients evenly in the baking pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine wet ingredients: eggs (whisked), milk, honey, vanilla, and coconut oil.
- Slowly add wet ingredients to the baking pan.
- Place the remaining sliced pears on top. Sprinkle a handful of oats and sprinkle nutmeg on top of mixture.
- Bake for 50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean
- Let cool 5-10 minutes. Garnish with mint and a drizzle of maple syrup. Enjoy!
We generally don’t like things super sweet, so feel free to add more sweetener (or serve with maple syrup) if you want it a bit sweeter.
Breakfast prep Sunday! Let us know how it turned out by commenting below! Subscribe to stay tuned for new recipes!