Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Pears is a great healthy breakfast to feed guests for brunch, or a quick breakfast to keep in the fridge for the workweek.
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. Every year I get creative trying to use up as many of my backyard pears as possible. I put them in salad, baked goods, and savory galette. Why not breakfast too? So I made this Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Pears.
What is baked oatmeal?
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 or muffin.
Because of this, I like to serve it with yogurt, or even milk to moisten it up a little bit. I served this particular recipe with plain Greek yogurt with a little maple syrup mixed in. 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).
How do you make baked oatmeal?
Making baked oatmeal uses ingredients that you would commonly find in any oatmeal, but instead of boiling it, you bake it in a casserole dish. The results are a little more hands-off, and you don't need to worry about your oatmeal pot boiling over.
Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Pears Ingredients:
- Unsalted butter
- Brown sugar
- Rolled oats (use Gluten Free oats to make this recipe Gluten Free)
- Baking powder
- Maple syrup
- Milk (use your favorite Non-Dairy milk to make this recipe Dairy Free)
- Your choice of yogurt for serving
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Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Pears Nutrition Information
The nutrition information calculation in the recipe uses 1% milk. It does not include yogurt as a topping.
Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Pears
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter (use Dairy Free butter alternative to make this recipe Dairy Free)
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 pears cored and sliced
- 3 cups rolled oats (use Gluten Free oats to make this recipe Gluten Free)
- 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 (use your favorite Non-Dairy milk to make this recipe Dairy Free)
- 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.
Nutrition Disclaimer: I try my best to make sure the nutrition information I provide is accurate to provide you with the best information possible. However, due to ingredient discrepancies and other factors, the above nutrition information should be considered an estimation only.