So…is it weird to say that my favorite food is oatmeal? Maybe? Even if its this Baked Pear Oatmeal with Candied Pecans? I think telling people your favorite food is oatmeal makes them believe instantly that you are a very boring person. That hasn’t stopped me from doing it consistently for the past few years.
There is not now nor has there ever been any shame in my oatmeal game. Here is why;
Oatmeal is easy, filling, and impossibly tasty. That’s it people. Period. It doesn’t need a lot of fuss to be absolutely perfect. Just pop it in the microwave in some water or plant milk and top it with a chopped banana and some cinnamon. Bam! Instant gratification.
However, even your favorite, trusty pair of blue jeans need a little dressing up every once in a while. The same thing goes for this awesomely healthy breakfast (or lunch/dinner I’m not judging) treat.
Filled with ripe pears, cinnamon, and plenty of “almondy” goodness, this easy oatmeal bake will have you telling people that oatmeal is your favorite food in no time. Join the boring club people. Don’t be scared! The candied pecan topping just takes things to the next level.
Ashamed of eating oatmeal at any time of day you should not be! Oats are a gluten-free, whole grain that carry an abundance of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.
These babies can naturally lower your cholesterol levels and protect you from heart disease. They can improve blood sugar control and keep you feeling full and satiated throughout the morning. Not to mention, a single serving meets 20% of your daily iron and zinc needs.
So go ahead! Have that extra large serving of breakfast before you run out the door. Your body and tastebuds will thank you for it. Do it for the cats that only wish that they could do it too.Print
Baked Pear Oatmeal with Candied Pecans
Baked Pear Oatmeal topped with Candied Pecans. Easy, warm breakfast for a perfect morning.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 40
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free
For the Oatmeal
1 flax egg (1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 3 Tbsp. lukewarm water)
3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1/4 cup almond meal or flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 cups vanilla almond milk (or sub your favorite plant milk)
2 cups filtered water
1 tsp. almond extract
3 ripe pears, chopped
For the Pecans
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup pecans
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C)
2. Prepare flax egg in a small bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, almond meal, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together almond milk, water, almond extract, and flax egg. Add this to the oat mixture. Fold in chopped pears.
4. Spread oatmeal into a 9x9in. (or 3 quart) casserole dish and bake for 40 minutes or until top of oatmeal looks golden brown.
5. While oatmeal is in the oven, begin candying the pecans. Heat maple syrup, sea salt, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk continuously until mixture becomes homogenous and syrup thins out a bit. Add pecans to the pan and stir frequently until mixture thickens and liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes. Spread on parchment paper and chop once cooled.
6. Add candied pecans to the top of baked oatmeal and serve warm. This dish will keep tightly covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Serving Size: 1 large bowl
- Calories: 268
- Sugar: 1.2g
- Sodium: 548mg
- Fat: 14.8g
- Saturated Fat: 1.3g
- Carbohydrates: 32.6g
- Fiber: 6.6g
- Protein: 7.6g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: vegan, oatmeal, pears, pecans