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 totally 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!
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!
- 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
- 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.
- Lower the heat and simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
- Top your bowl with the other half of the pear, hemp hearts, granola or any other toppings you'd like.
** Use gluten free oats if necessary