Does anyone else agree that pears are one of the most underrated fruits out there? SO JUICY, SO SWEET. SO FABULOUS. Anyone else remember my fabulous juicy pear crisp? YUM.
Anyway, I used to eat pears all the time as a kid; now I find myself buying them for my almost 2-year-old, who loves them just as much. Sadly, they ripen quickly so I have to find ways to enjoy them before they turn to mush.
Once again, I faced this dilemma on a wild Friday night in. I saw ripe pears sitting on my counter and figured I’d throw them in a simple, yet fabulous oatmeal bake that the entire family could devour the next day. Wow, just wow — it turned out insanely good. A hint of brown butter caramel flavor, lots of vanilla and juicy sweet pears in every bite. This brown butter pear baked oatmeal is easy to make and truly the perfect breakfast or brunch! Serve it up for Thanksgiving breakfast — you’ll need the fuel for all of that cooking and I promise you’re going to love it!
What you’ll need to make this pear baked oatmeal
This easy pear baked oatmeal is incredibly simple to make and uses lots of pantry staples for a quick breakfast. Plus, you’ll get the coziest flavors from juicy pears, cinnamon, caramel-like brown butter and vanilla. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Butter: you’ll need some butter, of course, to make that rich brown butter for the oatmeal. We’re only using 1/4 cup in the recipe to give it that caramel-like flavor and keep it extra moist.
- Eggs: this baked oatmeal recipe uses 2 eggs. I haven’t tried with flax eggs, but let me know if you do.
- Sweetener: we’re using a little pure maple syrup, vanilla & cinnamon to give it that deliciously sweet vanilla flavor.
- Milk: I like to use unsweetened almond milk in this recipe, but you can use any milk you’d like. Coconut milk would be fabulous!
- Oats: because it’s baked oatmeal, of course! Please be sure to use old fashioned rolled oats, not steel cut or quick oats, in this recipe.
- Baking staples: you’ll also need some baking powder & salt.
- Pears: the juicy pears truly make this baked oatmeal special. I love Bartlett pears for the best texture.
- Optional: I love adding diced walnuts or pecans for a little crunch, too!
How to tell when a pear is ripe
It can be difficult to tell when a pear is perfectly ripe, but here are my best tips: apply a slightly pressure to the fruit, near the stem. If it is slightly soft, then it’s perfect for eating or using in a recipe. I do not recommend eating or using in recipes if the pear is still hard. Always store your pears on the counter (or at room temperature!).
Should I peel the pears before adding them?
No need! You can slice the pears as-is, however, feel free to peel them first if you prefer them that way.
How to brown butter
The brown butter adds such an incredible flavor to this oatmeal bake and is easier to make than you think! Get all of my tips and tricks for browning butter in this post and get ready to add it to literally everything.
Optional ingredient swaps
- To keep this baked oatmeal dairy free: you can use vegan butter or melted coconut oil instead of real butter. However, do not try browning either of those options, as it will not work.
- To make gluten free: be sure to use gluten free rolled oats if you’d like to make this recipe gluten free.
- Don’t have pears on hand? Instead of pears, apples would also be a delicious option. I always go for Honeycrisp as they are nice, sweet and juicy!
Can I make this pear oatmeal bake vegan?
I haven’t tested a vegan version of this pear oatmeal bake but you can try using a flax egg or two! I think it should work well, but please let me know in the comments.
Be sure to also use melted coconut oil or vegan butter instead of regular butter.
Wonderful pear baked oatmeal in 5 simple steps
- Prep your pan. Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Brown that butter. Just like in the instructions above!
- Mix the wet. Add all of the wet ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
- Add the dry. Then mix in all of the dry ingredients, stirring in the pears and brown butter last.
- Bake & enjoy! Pour the pear baked oatmeal mixture into your prepared pan, top with nuts if you’d like, and bake until set! Cut into 6 slices for breakfast.
How to store & reheat baked oatmeal
- In the fridge: be sure the pear baked oatmeal has completely cooled, and then cover your 9×9 inch pan with tinfoil before transferring it to the refrigerator. It will stay good covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, and you can reheat individual slices in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. You can also store individual slices in airtight containers for quick, on-the-go breakfasts.
- To freeze: once the pear oatmeal bake has completely cooled, cut it into 6 squares and wrap each square in plastic wrap and tinfoil. When you’re ready to eat it, place the unwrapped frozen square of baked oatmeal on a microwave safe dish and microwave it at 30 second intervals for 1-2 minutes. If you’d like to freeze the entire baked oatmeal for later, simply reheat it in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees F while it’s covered with tinfoil.
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I hope you love this amazing vanilla brown butter pear baked oatmeal recipe! If you make it be sure to leave a comment & a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo.
Vanilla Brown Butter Pear Baked Oatmeal
Wonderful vanilla brown butter pear baked oatmeal with hints of cinnamon and sweet pears in every bite. This easy pear oatmeal bake is filled with warming flavors and makes the perfect winter breakfast or brunch!
- Wet ingredients:
- ¼ cup butter*
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk (or any milk of choice)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Dry ingredients:
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 small to medium ripe bartlett pears, diced (about 1 ½ cups diced pears)
- ¼ cup finely diced walnuts (or sub pecans)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x9 inch pan with oil or nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
*First, brown your butter: add butter to a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Once melted, the butter will begin to crackle, and then eventually foam. This will take a few minutes. Make sure you whisk constantly during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown and turn a nice golden amber color on the bottom of the saucepan. Continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pure maple syrup, almond milk and vanilla extract.
Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients: oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined, then stir in diced pears and finally, the browned butter.
Pour mixture into the prepared pan and smooth top. Sprinkle the top with chopped walnuts, if using. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown and center is set. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes, then cut into 6 slices and serve.
To keep this baked oatmeal dairy free: you can use vegan butter or melted coconut oil instead of real butter. However, do not try 'browning' either of those options, as it will not work.
To make gluten free: be sure to use gluten free rolled oats if you'd like to make this recipe gluten free.
To store: be sure the pear baked oatmeal has completely cooled, and then cover your 9×9 inch pan with tinfoil before transferring it to the refrigerator. It will stay good covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, and you can reheat individual slices in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. You can also store individual slices in airtight containers for quick, on-the-go breakfasts.
To freeze: once the pear oatmeal bake has completely cooled, cut it into 6 squares and wrap each square in plastic wrap and tinfoil. When you’re ready to eat it, place the unwrapped frozen square of baked oatmeal on a microwave safe dish and microwave it at 30 second intervals for 1-2 minutes. If you’d like to freeze the entire baked oatmeal for later, simply reheat it in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees F while it’s covered with tinfoil.
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats
This post was originally published on February 3, 2021, and republished on November 4, 2021.
I haven’t made this yet, but make a very similar one with about the same ratio of wet to dry ingredient and just wanted to say I use a flax egg all the time and it comes out great!
Happy to hear that! Perfect breakfast.
Hi! This looks delicious! Do you think I can use canned pears for this? I have a can that is sitting there and Im looking to use it up.
Yes, I think that would be fine, just make sure to fully drain them of all excess liquid before chopping up!
Sounds good! Do you think flax eggs would work?
I haven’t tested it but I think it might work. Let me know if you give it a try!
I used apples and pears and it turned out absolutely delicious!!
Love that! Glad you enjoyed 🙂
Wow, absolutely incredible! Tasted like French toast
Love it! Glad you enjoyed!
if i make this for my 8m old and leave out the maple syrup will it still stay together?
yes! you can add a splash more milk if you’d like.
Just made this for Sunday morning breakfast! It was incredible! The brown butter really adds a fantastic flavor that makes it stand out from other baked oatmeals. Will definitely be making this again! Thank you!
Amazing! So happy to hear that 🙂
Is the sliced pear on top of your oatmeal in addition to the two pears you chopped and stirred into the oatmeal?
I’m all for lots of pear (fiber!) and will add more if I can without ruining the recipe.
I LOVE pears, too. If I have more than I can eat I will poach them in slices or chunks and freeze them. Because they are so sweet I find I really don’t need to add more then spices and some water to create delicious pears. However, I just did a batch in some leftover Port wine (reduced so no alcohol left) and golden raisins. Wow! Great flavor on yogurt or eaten straight up! Love adding it to oatmeal, too.
Looking forward to this recipe with brown butter. I know it will great 🙂
Love it! Those pears are extra for making the dish look pretty, so feel free to add some more before baking 🙂
My toddler and I both loved!
I’m so glad!
This was delicious!! I used regular 2% milk instead of almond and it seemed like a lot of liquid but it baked up perfectly. Served with a drizzle of honey and flakey salt yum!
Perfect! Sounds delicious 🙂
Is it possible to put this together the night before and then bake in the morning, or would that affect the liquid ratio too much as the oats absorb the liquid?
I measure out the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients the night before and then combine them in the morning. I don’t think combining all the ingredients the night before and then baking in the morning would work.
Hi! I’d recommend doing what Stephanie mentioned above – measuring everything out and then mixing it together in the morning before baking 🙂 that way the oats won’t absorb all of the liquid over night.
This was delicious! I made a double batch to enjoy for the week and we were fighting over the last piece! Thank you!
So glad it was a hit!
Can I have this every morning?
Can I have this every morning for breakfast? ☺️
DELICIOUS!!! And so easy!
Such a great breakfast!
Glad you love this one!
I made this for a cozy breakfast for dinner on a COLD Wisconsin night. It was delightful. The kids loved it, too! I wouldn’t change a thing!
Was delicious! I substituted the pears for apples because that’s what I had on hand. Definitely on my repeat list
So gooooood! My children love it!
Great recipe for easy weekday morning warming breakfasts! The browned butter really adds depth of flavor that I would never get making a pot of oatmeal.
My pears were not as ripe and sweet as I had hoped so I added a leftover apple I had on hand to add some sweetness. I’ve been trying to make all the meals in our house baby friendly so I don’t need to cook multiple meals – thus, I swapped out the maple syrup for smooth mashed banana (1:1 = 1/4 cup) and did not add the salt to the recipe. I added a dash of cardamom and nutmeg to try and make up for it. For the adults, we added a bit of flake salt and a little maple syrup to the top when we ate it.
Can’t wait to try this closer to as written when my babe is older but it turned out great. I’ve also seen Monique flash a teaser for more baked oatmeal’s on Instagram and am super excited to try them all!
Soooo delish!! The browned butter makes it next level! Thanks Monique!
Great meal prep. I’m a shift worker and bringing three meals for a shift is hard work to plan ahead. Often breakfasts get forgotten. Loved this. Stored in the freezer in individual portions and had delicious meals ready to go for work. My kids are begging me for some but I don’t want to share! Topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. Yum!
This was so easy and SO delicious. I reduced the amount of oats and used chia and flax and topped the finished product with some vanilla yogurt. The best!
Omg. This is an incredible bake! Was a little worried about the brown butter step, but soooo worth it. Will definitely make this a lot!
So glad you enjoyed!
Delicious! I’ve been on a pear kick lately. The flavors of brown butter, vanilla, cinnamon and pear combination is delicious! Very easy to make and great for weekend brunch.
The best treat! Glad you loved it 🙂
I made this a few days ago and my family loved it. I baked it in muffin tins so it was easy to grab and go for everyone in the family. We like to warm it up for about 45 seconds in the microwave and it gives you a happy warm and cozy feeling, almost like eating a warm cobbler. I’ll be baking this again very soon!
Perfect! Such a great breakfast 🙂
This was a meal I made on one of those nights where I really needed to grocery shop and had to throw something together using what little I had on hand. It turned out amazing, far exceeding expectations. Will make again.
Perfect! Such a great way to use up pantry staples.
Followed the recipe exactly and it was wonderful. My 1yr old daughter loved this new take on oatmeal. Even my husband, who is usually quite suspect of “healthy” recipes, thoroughly enjoyed it. In his words, “don’t change a thing!” when I suggested we try it with another fruit for even more variety. I think this will come in handy – especially frozen bars – for busy weekday morning breakfasts. Thank you, wonderful recipe!
Amazing! So happy to hear that.
I love a baked oatmeal for breakfast on the weekends and this one didn’t disappoint! Not too sweet but both my kids ate it up. Makes a good leftover breakfast to take to work too, Will make again!
Perfect! Great one to prep for the week 🙂
Wow, this is almost too good for breakfast. I think this might be a dessert now haha! It’s so moist and flavorful, and the pear really shines in it. I’ve never loved a baked oatmeal before this one. So great!
The best! Glad you loved it 🙂
Once again I followed the recipe and oh goodness kudos to you, never disappoints. Oatmeal was soft, sweetness was just perfect, a great balance of flavors and kid approved! I added about two cups of pears just because my kids love pears! Absolutely delicious!
The perfect breakfast! Glad it was a hit with the kiddos 🙂
So good. Cannot believe this is on the healthy side. Love for breakfast or dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Make NOW.
Right?? The best!
I am absolutely loving this recipe! I made a big batch and am excited to eat it every morning. I don’t cook with a lot of butter, so I subbed in the coconut oil, and it is SO good. I also used walnuts and love the crunch. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness which surprised me since it only has 1/4 cups of maple, but the peaches really enhance the sweetness naturally!
So happy to hear that! Such a great breakfast.
Love this recipe! I had three large rip pears so I made a batch and a half with those pears! Love all your baked oatmeal recipes!
Great recipe! I didn’t brown the butter but just melted and it turned out great! Also I put in muffin tins to make it easier to send to daycare. I had to check it while baking but it was a great option!
Nice! Great idea to use a muffin tin for this one. I’m so glad you loved it.
I followed recipe exactly but used skim milk. It was delicious and we’ll be making this regularly as our pear tree provides the fruit. I specifically came to this site for a baked oatmeal pear recipe when finding this and wasn’t disappointed! I’ve tried many of the other baked oatmeal variations and always enjoy. Thank you!
Oh, amazing that you have a pear tree! SO happy you found and loved this recipe 🙂
I loved this recipe! The brown butter and pear with the vanilla makes a cozy and lovely morning breakfast you’ll look forward to!!
Yay! I’m so happy you loved it, Candice! Aren’t those flavors so nice together? 🙂
Absolutely delicious. I used half coconut milk half cows milk and added some shredded coconut as well. Served it warm with Greek yogurt and the family were in heaven. The browned butter absolutely makes it!
YAY 😍 Sounds delicious! Happy you guys all loved it!
I used some apples that are no longer good eating and this was SOOOO YUMMY. I was extremely excited to wake up every morning and eat this for breakfast lol. Next time i will use pears to get the True experience!
Apples would be so great in here! Happy you loved it 🙂
Delicious! This was perfectly sweet enough but not too sweet. Pears, vanilla, cinnamon and brown butter is a perfect combination for this easy dish.
Aren’t the flavors so lovely together?! Happy you enjoyed it!
The wonderful aroma of cinnamon and vanilla filled my kitchen. This dish was delicious. Easy to divide into 6 portions for my breakfast meal prep.
This was amazing! My kids wanted breakfast for dinner tonight and this was a big hit! We’ll definitely make this delicious recipe again!
Oooh such a fun one for dinner, happy the fam loved it! 🙂
My 1 year old and I love this recipe! Do you think it would work as muffins? And If so how would you change the bake time? Thank you!
Hi, Regan! Yes I think it would be GREAT as muffins 🙂 Haven’t personally tested that so not quite sure about the bake time, but just bake them until the edges are slightly golden brown and center is set.
This was SO tasty! The brown butter makes it amazing. I will absolutely make this again soon. Thank you for the recipe and sharing your talents with us!
I didn’t have any butter so I used coconut oil, and it was still HEAVENLYYYY. So yum. Actually, a bit toooo sweet, so I think next time I will use a little less maple syrup. But overall, even my husband who prefers savory breakfasts really liked it. Thank you!
I made this again today and my husband was like, “WHY DID YOU WAIT A YEAR BEFORE MAKING THIS AGAIN?!” I’ve never heard him rave about a breakfast this much haha. I used a little more than half the maple syrup, and it was still way sweet – maybe because I used canned pears.
Th recipe only served 4, though (two of which are small children), so I will double it next time.
Can you make this ahead of time?
Hi, Jackie! I’d recommend cooking it ahead of time, storing in the fridge or freezer, and then reheating it 🙂 Check out the “how to store and reheat” section above!
I did! I made it all the night before and had my husband stick it in the oven in the morning.
I decided to try this because I had some ripe pears and I’m so glad I did. It was delicious!
Oh my GOSH. Monique. This was absolutely divine. One of my favorite breakfasts we’ve had in a while. Delish!
Aw yay!! I’m so glad you loved it 🙂
So good! I am addicted to this recipe. Made it with toasted coconut almond milk.
OOOOH that sounds delicious! I’m glad you loved it, Kimberly!
It looks like you added sliced pears on top of the walnuts before baking. Is this correct? There were no instructions for that part. Thanks!
Oh yes, that’s correct! 🙂
I have this in the oven now…came together super quickly with one bowl, one sauce pan, and a few measuring utensils. Everything felt so harmonious and smelled so good while prepping, I know this is gonna be delicious 🥰. Thanks for the recipe.
Oh YAY! So happy it was easy to make. Hope it tasted delicious!
I added 1/4 cup more walnuts. Might do even more next time. Will also make ahead because this tastes even better the day after.
Good to know, both sound great! 🙂
This came out great! I halved the recipe (baked it in a loaf pan) since I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but next time I just might double it and freeze half. The only change I made was to use oat milk. I was afraid the egg would make it, well, eggy, but you can’t even tell it contains egg. The bake is also not sweet, which I really appreciate. The walnuts on top add a lot of flavor and texture. Great recipe!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Sally! Great idea to use a loaf pan for a half recipe 🙂
Very good! Easy.
Added a sprinkling of brown sugar to top before baking. Used pecans as out of walnuts. Added a splash of cream to each serving.
This would also be good with apples.
YUM that sounds incredible!! Agreed about the apples 🙂 Thank you for leaving a review!
Another winning baked oatmeal recipe from AK! Now to decide if this is my new favorite over her blueberry lemon poppyseed baked oatmeal… 😛
This is amazing! I used coconut milk because that is all I had and one apple and one pear because one of my pears was rotten inside and it was just perfection. The brown butter also made my house smell so good!
Nice! I bet it was great with half apple/half pear 🙂 Thanks, Alison!
So decadent and nourishing! Great as a make-ahead breakfast for the week, but also feel luxe enough to serve at brunch.
My 8 year old son tried to go back for THIRDS! I had two overripe pears I needed to use up after seeing the lemon blueberry oatmeal post on Instagram the other day, I had baked oatmeal on my mind. I didn’t have a 9×9 pan. I ended up using an oval casserole dish and even after 45 minutes, it wasn’t quite set. But we were starving and this is oatmeal, so mushy didn’t matter. It came together so quickly, my house smelled wonderful and this was so yummy! My 18 month old, and 6 year old also had seconds. My son said it was “the best food ever.”
So glad you all still loved it! Sorry to hear it didn’t set, though. I wonder if the pan you used made the oatmeal thicker/taller than this recipe.
I love all your recipes AK. I make this recipe every other Sunday and have a couple breakfasts for the week. It is absolutely delicious, my family loves it. I have used quick oats and rolled oats both bake well with a slightly different texture but scrumptious!
Really good but could use more cinnamon or nutmeg as well
Glad you enjoyed it! Good call to add more next time 🙂
So delicious! I burned it, but still I love it
I’m glad you still enjoyed! Give it a little less time in the oven next time and it’ll be perfect 🙂
This was wonderful; I did change or add a spice I like with pear. I decreased the cinnamon to 1/4 tsp. And added 1/2 tsp. Cardamom. All the flavors really came off beautifully together. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
YAY! I am so happy you ar enjoying this recipe, Joyce.
We absolutely love this baked oatmeal! My sister and her husband love it too. It’s the perfect breakfast when you want a different variation of normal baked oatmeal! The flavor of the browned butter and the sweetness of the pears just can’t be beat! We eat this with fresh homemade honey vanilla yogurt. 😋
The BEST! SO glad you are enjoying this recipe ❤️
Great recipe! We used leftover frozen pears from the summer and it came out great and full of flavor. Next time I think I’ll add some chia seeds for more texture.
I loved this recipe the first time I made it, so I was really looking forward to making it again. The second time I attempted to make a half recipe, but apparently, I wasn’t quite awake yet. I forgot to cut the amount of ALL of the dry ingredients in half. I also added almond flavoring by mistake, after which I went ahead and added the vanilla too. I completely forgot the nuts. I added two tablespoons of chia seeds. It turned out delicious. So, this delicious recipe is also enormously forgiving and adaptable. Next time, I think I’ll try adding almonds and cardamon!
I died for this recipe topped with Greek yogurt sweetened with maple syrup. Keeping pears in the freezer for the next time I am awake enough to brown butter on a lazy weekend morning 🙂
Delicious. I used vegan butter – and browned it by adding 1 tsp (to 1/2 cup vegan butter) of almond butter. Any nut butter will work – you need protein and sugar to get it to brown. Worked great.
Such a great tip, thanks for sharing. Glad you loved this recipe and it turned out great for you! ❤️
Thankyou for the most deliciousest (lol) baked oatmeal! OMG I made this today and didn’t change a thing- sooo yummy!!
Am practicing self control so I can take it to work w me the rest of the week but it’s so hard haha
Ahh this is great, Roselyn. I am so glad you are loving this baked oatmeal and it turned out great for you. Definitely a challenge to not eat it all in one sitting lol