I have something to make your Monday a little brighter. It’s for breakfast and it won’t disappoint.
One thing about me that seems to be consistently true: I only want a warm breakfast. Smoothies, cereal, and yogurt are all nice at snack time, but I want my breakfast to be warm. The only exception is the occasional overnight oats, but I really only have those when I have an almost empty nut butter jar on hand.
My stand-by warm breakfasts- oatmeal, single serving pancakes, eggs, & toasted bagels.
This semester I’ve discovered the joy of baked oatmeal. First in this glorious pumpkin form. My fall semester has turned out to be pretty darn hectic. I have lots of assignments to get done and I usually have to use my time in the morning before I go to work to finish them. Not having to take a lot of time to fix breakfast has been a saver.
This recipe came out of my need to use up two very soft pears. I thought about making muffins, but no recipe I saw caught my attention. When I can’t find just the right recipe, I usually just try to make something on my own.
Thanks to a couple of food science courses, I understand the function of various ingredients. However, what I’m learning as I recipe test is that finding the right quantities can be challenging. Yet, I’m here to tell you one thing- it’s kind of hard to screw up baked oatmeal. I threw together ingredients I knew would make a good base, then I added chia seeds for a nutritional boost and to help everything gel a little better.
Lucky me, this turned out SO good. I used d’anjou pears which are known as “winter pears”, so you have a few months to make this with the sweetest pears available.
Another bonus is that servings are really hearty. I suggest having it with sunflower butter or maybe even cottage cheese. It won’t disappoint.
Pear & Chia Baked Oatmeal
1.5 cups rolled oats
1 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp baking soda
2 small/medium soft pears, diced
dash of salt / several dashes of cinnamon
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8×8 pan. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir until all combined. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow to sit for 15 minutes before cutting.
Enjoy the next day by toasting in the oven.
Enjoy with a smile and hot coffee!Do you have a favorite oatmeal recipe?