Spiced Pear Oatmeal

This spiced pear oatmeal is the perfect healthy fall breakfast bursting with fibre, protein, and healthy fats!

This spiced pear oatmeal is the perfect healthy fall breakfast bursting with fibre, protein, and healthy fats!

As a dietitian, people often assume that I eat the “perfect” diet, whatever that is.

And then I laugh at them.

“Ugh I ate so much crap this weekend. But you can’t relate to that, can you?” “Well last night I had – cover your ears, Chelsea – takeout pizza for dinner.” “It must be easy for you, but I find it hard to eat enough vegetables.”

These are all things I’ve heard from patients, friends, and family members… and I can┬átotally relate to all of them! I don’t always eat enough vegetables. I eat out at restaurants frequently and don’t always order the healthier options. I sometimes cook with too much butter. I overeat in social situations. I love dessert.

In the grand scheme of things, I aim for balance, but my diet definitely ebbs and flows with the seasons. This season is currently a little off balance with Thanksgiving, birthday parties, dinners out, and a Toronto trip with my sister taking up my weekends. And hey, that’s life!

This spiced pear oatmeal is the perfect healthy fall breakfast bursting with fibre, protein, and healthy fats!

That being said, it always feels SO good to return to nutritious meals and a regular meal pattern after weekends like that – especially breakfast time. I know the latest research doesn’t necessarily support the idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I still live by that motto. There’s nothing that makes me feel better than starting off the day with a healthy breakfast!

Those of you who have been reading me for a while know I’m oatmeal obsessed. I could eat oatmeal for breakfast every day, always switching up the mix ins and toppings to keep it interesting. My latest favourite is this spiced pear oatmeal that I’ve been loving with local Ontario Bartlett pears. With the warm flavours of cinnamon and allspice, it’s the perfect fall breakfast to warm you up on chilly mornings. I make it with cow’s milk to make it high in protein, and add chia seeds and hemp hearts for a boost in healthy fats, leaving me with a hearty stick-to-your ribs bowl of oatmeal!

This spiced pear oatmeal is the perfect healthy fall breakfast bursting with fibre, protein, and healthy fats!

Spiced Pear Oatmeal
 
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This spiced pear oatmeal is the perfect healthy fall breakfast bursting with fibre, protein, and healthy fats!
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Yield: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup milk*
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats**
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • ½ pear, diced
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • 1 tbsp golden raisins
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
  • Sliced pear, granola, hemp hearts, nut butter, etc for topping
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, heat up the milk and add the oats, chia seeds, chopped pear, cinnamon, allspice, and raisins. Add maple syrup if you'd prefer.
  2. Lower the heat and simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Top your bowl with the other half of the pear, hemp hearts, granola or any other toppings you'd like.
Notes
* Sub almond, soy, rice, or hemp milk to make it dairy free/vegan
** Use gluten free oats if necessary

This spiced pear oatmeal is the perfect healthy fall breakfast bursting with fibre, protein, and healthy fats!

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19 Responses to Spiced Pear Oatmeal

  1. Your pictures are amazing. I love that I’ve been reading your blog for so long that yes, I dooooo know you love oatmeal. And that your photography has gotten so crazy good! :)

    • Chelsea

      It’s so true – I think I’ve been reading your blog for like 3 or 4 years now?! Crazy.

      And thanks! :) I’ve noticed your photography has been looking gorgeous lately too.

  2. such a perfect autumn breakfast!

  3. Yum!! I always grab apples at the grocery store, but this is inspiring me to include some pears too! My standard banana oatmeal routine could use a change up! (Also, great photos!!)

    • Chelsea

      Haha don’t worry, I’m pretty much permanently stuck in a banana oatmeal rut too (case in point: I’m eating it right now).

  4. Yum, yum, yum (and beautiful photography!!!)

  5. I’ve been eating oatmeal for breakfast since Ave was born and now she eats some too. :) I love the use of pears in these, especially this time of year.

  6. Haha I can totally identify about those comments- just because we have an interest in wellness doesn’t mean that we don’t go off the rails occasionally! I mean, it wouldn’t be a balanced lifestyle if we didn’t ;)! As a huge oatmeal fan looks so comforting and delicious Chelsea, even more so with the pears cooked in!

  7. Mmh. I can imagine how amazing this tastes just reading through the ingredient list. Oats – oat bran, more specifically – are my breakfast favourite, too. Especially on cold days because they’re comfortingly warm and filling.
    While I’m no dietitian I hear similar comments at times from people who only see me at work or places like that and assume I eat super healthy all the time. Though what even is ‘healthy’? Like you, I aim for balance or actually: it comes naturally.

  8. I love your approach to balanced eating. I feel the same way in that I wouldn’t turn down a pastry or a large meal because I am worried about a diet. But it also makes me feel good to eat something nutritious that will give me energy rather than drag me down. So I do both! :)

    This oatmeal looks like the perfect breakfast for this time of year! All of the spices and the granola topping sounds delicious!

  9. Healthy start of the day! Love it! It will keep my energy levels boosted all day!

  10. I love that you’re addressing perfect eating in this post. Definitely a mis-perception held by many!

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