When it comes to baked oatmeal varieties, the flavor combinations are endless. This pear and walnut baked oatmeal is subtly sweet from the addition of fresh sliced pears, with undertones of cinnamon and maple. Topped with chopped walnuts and more cinnamon sugar, this baked oatmeal is a delicious sweet breakfast, or good enough to have for a sweet snack or dessert. Serve pear and walnut baked oatmeal alone, or alongside yogurt or whipped cream and fruit for the ultimate dish.
What is baked oatmeal? What does this one taste like?
Baked oatmeal offers the comfort of a warm bowl of oatmeal, but with the ease and convenience of baking a cake to make multiple servings. I first started making baked oatmeal for this exact reason: I love warm oatmeal, but I didn’t want to make it every morning (let’s face it, stirring oatmeal on the stove is not the most fun or practical for a daily breakfast). Sure, you can get those packages of instant oatmeal with flavors, but if you’re anything like me, those don’t really keep me satisfied.
Baked oatmeal makes the perfect breakfast, or sweet snack or dessert to have on hand during the week. It is an easy meal prep that holds up well in the fridge (covered in an air-tight container, or stored in individual containers or bags in the fridge or freezer). They are great to build your freezer stockpile too; it is just as easy to make one baked oatmeal as it is to double the recipe and make two to have on hand at all times!
This baked oatmeal recipe is a great solution for anyone who has a sweet tooth but is trying to eat healthier or lower calorie; it is sweetened with natural flavors like fruit (mashed bananas, applesauce and pears) and maple syrup.
What makes this one different?
This baked oatmeal is bulked up with other healthy ingredients to make this dish super satisfying, as well as delicious. It even has a built-in side dish and flavor enhancer as it’s topping: fresh sliced pears and chopped walnuts.
This baked oatmeal has the wonderful flavors of cinnamon and maple, paired with crisp pears and crunchy walnuts. I love the flavor combinations in this baked oatmeal. It is just the best!
What you’ll need to make pear and walnut baked oatmeal
- unsweetened applesauce
- maple syrup
- kosher salt
- vanilla extract
- baking powder
- old fashioned oats
- unsweetened almond or cashew milk, or skim milk
- fresh pear
- Substitution suggestions:
- If you don’t like or are allergic to bananas, add more unsweetened applesauce (approximately 1 cup is equivalent to two bananas).
- If you are diabetic or do not want to use real sugar, you can use sugar replacements or sugar free maple syrup.
How to make pear and walnut baked oatmeal
Preheat the oven to 375F. Grab a baking dish or casserole dish (I use this one) and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas and add the applesauce. Next, add in the baking powder, salt, maple syrup, cinnamon, and extract. Once those ingredients are combined, add the milk and fold in the oats.
Pour the oatmeal mixture into a sprayed baking dish. Next, slice a pear and lay it on top of the oatmeal mixture. Combine the sugar with the remaining cinnamon to create the cinnamon sugar topping. Sprinkle the chopped walnuts on top, followed by the cinnamon sugar.
Bake at 375F for 35 minutes. Allow the baked oatmeal to cool before slicing and serving.
Note: Baked oatmeal recipes freeze very well in individual portions; wrap individual portions in plastic wrap to freeze. To defrost, simply microwave the frozen baked oatmeal until soft and warmed through. You can also reheat a defrosted baked oatmeal portion in the air fryer.
Pear Walnut Baked Oatmeal
- baking dish or small casserole dish
- mixing bowl
- 2 bananas, overripe
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon, divided
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup cashew milk, unsweetened, or almond milk or skim
- 1.5 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 pear, cored and sliced thinly
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Spray a small baking dish or casserole with cooking spray. I used an 8.5" x 11" 2.5qt casserole dish for this.
- Add the overripe bananas to the bottom of a mixing bowl, and mash them with a fork.
- Add the applesauce, maple syrup, 1 tsp cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and vanilla extract, and stir to combine.
- Add the milk. Whisk together.
- Add the oats. Fold in.
- Pour the mixture evenly into the baking dish.
- In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 tsp cinnamon with the 1 tsp sugar. Sprinkle this mixture evenly on top of the oats.
- Top the oats with the sliced pears, and the walnuts, followed by the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Bake at 375 for 35 minutes.
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