This Chai Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal is great to make on the weekend to enjoy for breakfast during the week. Cardamom and pear compliment each other well, making this a deliciously flavorful oatmeal bake. Perfect for meal prep and something the whole family will enjoy.
What Makes Baked Oatmeal So Great
Well for one, baked oatmeal recipes are great for meal prep since leftovers last in the fridge and reheat well. Just pop your servings in the microwave or toaster oven. You can also enjoy cold!
This pear baked oatmeal is a one bowl recipe which means less dishes and easy clean-up!
There are a variety of ways to enjoy baked oatmeal – from bars for on-the-go, to serving alongside a savory egg bake, or enjoying on its own with your favorite toppings.
- rolled oats – I prefer rolled oats for baked oatmeal texture. Make sure to use rolled oats for this recipe as written for best resutls.
- baking powder & sea salt – for lift and enhanced flavor
- chai spices – use 1 teaspoon of my DIY mix or use a simple mix listed out in the recipe card.
- pears – I used a green bartlett pear for dicing and mixing into the oatmeal, and a red anjou pear for adding to the top. Feel free to stick with one variety if you’d like. Bartlett pears will hold their bite a bit more when baked.
- eggs – to help provide structure and hold the oatmeal bake together. Flax eggs will work as well, your oatmeal will just be a bit more dense.
- maple syrup – to sweeten a touch. Feel free to serve with more to your liking.
- vanilla extract – for that hint of vanilla essence we know and love in baked goods.
- milk – use the milk of your choice. Just stay away from protein milk (i.e. pea or protein added plant milk).
How to Make Baked Oatmeal (step-by-step)
Making baked oatmeal is one of the easiest recipes! You can add everything into one bowl, one step at a time, and then simply pour the mixture into a baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes.
Here’s how it’s done:
Add Wet Ingredients
First add all of the wet ingredients and combine – eggs, oil, maple syrup, milk and vanilla extract.
Add Dry Ingredients
Add in rolled oats, baking powder, spices and sea salt.
Fold in Pears & Nuts
Lastly fold in the diced pears and chopped walnuts, if using.
Bake at 375ºF
Top the unbaked pear oatmeal with more pear slices and walnuts for presentation, or bake as is without.
Adding the sliced pears prior to baking adds a lovely topping if you plan on sharing this baked oatmeal with friends and family.
Ways to Serve
This Pear Baked Oatmeal is a great dish on its own, served with a drizzle of honey and a dollop of cream or yogurt.
If you’re looking to take on the go, make sure the oatmeal has cooled completely and you can cut into squares for bars.
Storing & Freezing
Store any leftover baked oatmeal in the fridge, and enjoy within 3-4 days for best flavor.
To freeze, store completely cooled oatmeal in an airtight container, label with the date and freeze up to three months.
Reheating Baked Oatmeal
To reheat, allow the frozen oatmeal to thaw in the fridge overnight. Then you can reheat the (thawed) oatmeal in the toaster oven at 350ºF for about 15 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces.
Or microwave for about 20-30 seconds per piece, depending on the power of your microwave.
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoon avocado oil (or melted cooled coconut oil, or light olive oil)
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 2.25 cups rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 medium bartlett pear, diced (equal to about 1 cup)
- Preheat oven to 375ºF and grease 9×9 baking dish or a 1.5 quart casserole dish (or a similar size).
- Whisk Wet Ingredients: In large bowl whisk together eggs, oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and milk.
- Add Dry Ingredients: Add in rolled oats, baking powder, spices and salt.
- Gently fold in diced pear and transfer to prepared baking dish. Top with chopped walnuts if you’d like.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or, until top is golden and middle is set. You can serve immediately bowl style, or wait about 20 minutes to serve as squares.
- Serve pear baked oatmeal with your favorite toppings, a little extra maple syrup or honey and enjoy!