Brown Sugar Pear Oatmeal Porridge

Brown Sugar Pear Oatmeal Porridge also known as Caramelized Pear Oatmeal Porridge. You guys know how much I love oatmeal so it’s no surprise that I keep looking for new ways to have it for breakfast. Oatmeal is really a very healthy meal to have and can be had in many ways. I will keep the food profiling info of oatmeal for another post. Back to the recipe; the cold is here again and this oatmeal recipe fits the bill for a cold fall or winter day.

Pears (which happen to be one of my favourite fruits) pairs perfectly with oats. I often have my pears with oatmeal as is; just chop it up into bite size pieces and it serves as a tasty and sweet addition to my morning porridge. However on this day, I was feeling a tad different and recalling some of the elegant things we did with pears in school, I decided to go online to search for an oatmeal porridge recipe with pears and voila! I found recipes with oatmeal and pear but the ones with the caramelized pear option stuck!

Pear is sweet enough on it’s own but some brown sugar and flavour from oil take the taste a notch higher; then pair that with the yummiess of oatmeal and you have yourself a winning recipe.

This recipe is simple and still considerably quick to make. It’s not complicated, prepare your oatmeal porridge as you would and then prepare your pears while the oatmeal is cooking. Feel free to make it your own; you can use liquid milk instead of water; apples instead of pears; and add some granola as topping instead of nuts. Enjoy making this simple, healthy, hearty and absolutely delicious meal.


Serves:  2-4
Recipe level: Medium
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 -20 mins
Total time: 20 to 25 minutes
Meal type:  Main Dish
Meal time: Breakfast  

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, coconut or olive oil
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 firm Bosc pears , cored and sliced 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Toppings; nuts of your choice, optional

  1.  Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan; then add a pinch of salt and then oats. Swirl to cover in water; turn down heat and cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the oats are tender.
  2. While oats are cooking , prepare your pears. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add oil or butter. Once bubbling, add brown sugar and stir. Then immediately add in pears, lemon juice and cinnamon and stir to coat. Cover to steam and soften the pears and cook for 10 or so minutes or until tender and golden brown. Once tender, remove the lid to allow them to caramelize a bit more. Remove from heat.
  3. Divide oats between two bowls and top with equal servings of pears. I added nuts to give some crunch and extra texture.


For best results use Bosc pears as they are the best type of pears for cooking. I didn’t peel the skin off the pears cause I like the texture when eating them but you can take the skin off If you prefer. 

What do you think?