Steel Cut Oats with Ginger Honey Pears
Makes 2-4 servings
The night before cooking the oats, place the oats in a small sauce pan with the water. Cover, and let them soak over night for the CREAMIEST oats. Pre-soaking also helps the body to digest these oats better!
In the morning, add the almond milk, cinnamon, maple syrup or honey and a pinch of salt to the sauce pan, and stir. Heat the oats over medium-high heat until the liquid just comes to a boil. Stir, lower heat to medium-low, and cover. Let the oats simmer for about 15 minutes, adding more milk or water depending on desired consistency. Taste, and add more sweetener if desired.
While the oats cook, sautee your pears. Heat oil or butter in a skillet over medium heat. Then, add your sliced pears. Allow pears to cook and soften, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Then, add the ginger and honey, and cook another 2-3 minutes until pears begin to caramelize. There should be a bit of honey butter “sauce” left in the pan as well.
Scoop warm oats into bowls. Top with pears and pan sauce as well as yogurt or coconut yogurt and toasted nuts, if using. I recommend all of it!
1 c. steel cut oats, uncooked
1 c. almond or oat milk plus more for serving
2 c. water
1-2 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 large bosc pear or 2 small, cored and sliced
2 Tbsp. butter, ghee or coconut oil
1/2 tsp. ginger powder OR fresh, grated ginger
2 tsp. honey (or sub maple syrup for vegan)
Toasted hazelnuts or walnuts + yogurt or coconut yogurt, for serving. I HIGHLY recommend using both!! But both are optional.
Small pot with lid
5 minute prep
10 minute active cook time
30 minute inactive cook time
Vegan option, vegetarian, dairy-free option (do not use yogurt), nut-free option (do not top with nuts)
I feel that pears often get overlooked in the fall, so before I post apple things, I wanted to give ya’ll a recipe to highlight the deliciousness that is the pear. Bosc pears are my favorite — they’re sweet and soft wen ripe, but I find that they don’t get as grainy as other pear varieties. They’re perfect and sweet and one of my favorite items of fall produce.
I also really love steel cut oats. Are they more work than regular oats in the sense that they take longer to make? Sure. But the result is wonderful — they taste more like a porridge than the more popular rolled oat oatmeal. I love soaking them overnight. This step isn’t any extra work — it just takes a bit of forethought. And the result yields the creamiest oats ever. I promise, it’s worth the planning!
So the end result? A creamy, comforting bowl of warm oats topped with buttery, gingery pears. Just the right amount of spice to warm you. Just the right amount of sweetness for me in the morning. The most perfectly comforting fall breakfast for Saturday in your pj’s. That’s how I eat it at least. My favorite is serving them with yogurt and chopped nuts on top for some variety in texture and some extra creaminess! Enjoy!