Move over baked apples! These Cinnamon Maple Oatmeal Baked Pears are the new star in town and they’re perfect for your next fall or holiday brunch.
I always get annoyed that stores and the media seem to forget about my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. It’s like once Halloween is over, so is fall and it’s time to start Christmas shopping. It’s almost impossible to find any fall decorations now because all the Christmas stuff came out three weeks ago!
Another thing that often gets pushed aside in the world of food is pears. You can find 50 variations of apple pie and enough pumpkin recipes to last until next October, but the pears seem to be far and few between.
Do people not like pears? I know some people don’t like their texture and I agree, if it isn’t ripe it can be a bit gritty. The skin can also be thick and tough if you don’t have a nice ripe one. However, if you let them ripen on the counter (because we all know they’re rarely ripe when you buy them) they can be juicy, sweet and perfect for a breakfast treat like these Cinnamon Maple Oatmeal Baked Pears.
I’m sure you’ve all seen recipes for baked apples that are filled with that wonderful buttery, cinnamon, oat filling. Well, these baked pears are my spin on that, but instead of being something you serve for dessert, these are for breakfast or brunch.
It’s very easy to make this recipe. If you know how to cut pears in half and you know how to make oatmeal, then you can make these! The pears are cut in half lengthwise with the seeds and a little of the center scooped out. They get brushed with a little maple syrup before heading to the oven to bake until they are fork tender.
While the pears are baking make the cinnamon maple oatmeal on the stove top and keep it warm until the pears are baked. The oatmeal gets divided up and placed in the hollowed out part of the pear then goes back into the oven for a few minutes to warm up.
The final step is to top the pears with a dollop of Greek yogurt that’s been sweetened with maple syrup and cinnamon and to sprinkle on some toasted chopped hazelnuts (pecans or almonds would be great too). The oatmeal baked pears are perfectly sweet, hearty and will make a great presentation on your brunch table!
- 3 ripe pears (Anjou or Comice are best), halved lengthwise and seeds removed with a measuring spoon
- 1/3 cup apple cider or pear juice
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
Cinnamon Maple Oatmeal
- 1 cup old fashioned oats, gluten-free if needed
- 1 1/2 cups water or lowfat milk
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 4 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, vanilla can also be used
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons chopped toasted hazelnuts, almonds or pecans also work
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and place the cored, halved pears cut-side up in an 11 x 7 or similar size baking dish. Brush the cut-side of the pears with a teaspoon or so of maple syrup and pour the apple/pear juice into the bottom of the dish.
- Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until the pears are tender.
- While the pears bake make the oatmeal. Bring the water or milk to a boil in a small saucepan then add in the oats and salt. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cinnamon, ginger, 4 teaspoons of maple syrup and almond extract. Cover with the lid until the pears have finished baking.
- When the pears are ready divide the oatmeal among them then place back in the oven uncovered for another 5 minutes.
- Mix together all of the ingredients for the yogurt topping, minus the nuts.
- Remove the baked pears from the oven and top with the yogurt and chopped nuts or serve them on the side.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 88mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 20g Protein: 7g