At this time of the year many people who grow any sort of fruit or vegetables in their yards are busy trying to use their bounty up, or preserve it. This year (and every year that we’ve lived in this house) I get creative trying to use up as many of my backyard pears as possible. I put them in salad, baked goods, pizza and savory galette. Why not breakfast too? So I made this Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Pears.
If you haven’t tried baked oatmeal, it’s probably time that you do. If you don’t like the gloopy (I do believe that’s the technical term) texture of regular oatmeal, then baked oatmeal might be right for you. It cooks up more solid – almost like a cake. Because of this, I like to serve it with yogurt, or even milk to moisten it up a little bit. With this particular recipe, I served mine with plain Greek yogurt with a little maple syrup mixed it. Vanilla yogurt would work too.
One of the things I like most about baked oatmeal is that it’s make-ahead friendly. I made mine on a Sunday night, and hubby and I ate it for breakfast over the week. You could also serve it fresh from the oven for a weekend breakfast or brunch. And of course, if you don’t like the flavorings in this particular recipe, just sub out your favorites. You can change the nuts, spices and fruits to suit your tastes (and use up whatever fruit you happen to have hanging around).
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 pears, cored and sliced
- 3 cups rolled oats
- ⅔ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 cups milk
- Your choice of yogurt, for serving (optional)
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Stir in brown sugar. Add sliced pears and cook until browned and softened, stirring often for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Heat oven to 375°F and lightly grease a 9 inch (or similar sized) baking or casserole dish.
- While pears are cooking, stir together oats, walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup and milk.
- Pour the milk mixture into the oat mixture and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Arrange the caramelized pears on top of the oat mixture. Bake for 35 minutes. Serve immediately or cool and refrigerate to eat over the course of a few days. Serve with your choice of sweetened or unsweetened yogurt as desired.
Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Pears Nutrition Information
The above nutrition information uses 1% milk. It does not include yogurt as a topping.