My Pear Walnut and Ginger Oatmeal is an amazing way to start the day. With natural flavours and no refined sugars, it’s good for you, but it tastes like a real treat! It’s perfect for a leisurely weekend breakfast but it comes together quickly enough for weekdays too.
In the space of about a year, I’ve gone from someone who really didn’t eat oatmeal to someone who just can’t get enough of it. I started with baked oatmeal recipes like my Baked Overnight Oatmeal with Rhubarb and Almonds and Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal. Before I knew it I was eating proper oatmeal porridge.
In fact, I grew to like it so much, I’ve come up with all kinds of variations. My Pear Walnut and Ginger Oatmeal is one of my favourites. I know you can make “instant oatmeal” in two minutes in the microwave, but this tastes SO much better! It’s well worth the three or four extra minutes it takes to stir on the stove. Besides, as Nigella says, a little repetitive stirring can be very therapeutic!
Gluten Free Pear Walnut and Ginger Oatmeal
This recipe is gluten free if you make it with oats that are certified gluten free. If it doesn’t say gluten free on the package, the oatmeal my have been processed in a factory which processes wheat, barley or rye. This can lead to cross contamination.
Pear Walnut and Ginger Oatmeal Variations
My Pear Walnut and Ginger Oatmeal is a great way to use pears which are a little past their best – or those that don’t seem to want to ripen. (Cooking helps soften them.) If you can’t get fresh pears, you can always use canned ones. In the latter case, use pears in fruit juice if you can.
You can use whatever kind of milk you prefer – from skim to full fat and dairy free milks as well. I generally use half fat (two percent) milk.
I’ve added walnuts for nutrition and a very welcome crunch, but if nut allergies are an issues you can, of course, leave them out. If you are able to eat nuts it’s well worth including them. Walnuts are healthy eating powerhouses, containing iron, selenium, healthy fats, vitamin E, B vitamins and calcium too. Like oatmeal itself, nuts can help your body feel fuller for longer. You use pecans as well as – or instead of – the walnuts. Either – or both – taste great!
As I’ve been following a healthy eating plan, my tastes are gradually changing and I really don’t like things to be as sweet as I used to. I only put 1 tablespoon of maple syrup per person in this recipe. You can always serve extra maple syrup at the table in case anyone wants to add more.
Spices can help stimulate your metabolism, making them an important part of a healthy eating plan. Ginger also contains anti-inflamatory compounds called gingerols that may benefit your immune system. My family and I are big ginger fans so I use a half teaspoon of ground ginger for two servings. Feel free to reduce – or increase – this to suit your personal tastes.
Pear Walnut and Ginger Oatmeal Printable Recipe
- 1 cup rolled oats (sometimes called porridge oats)
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 pears, peeled, cored and cut in chunks or 4 canned pear halves
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- about 10 walnut halves, chopped
- Mix the oats and milk together in a small saucepan with a wooden spoon.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring regularly.
- Stir in the pear, maple syrup and ginger.
- Turn the heat back a bit and set a timer for 5 minutes.
- Cook, stirring almost constantly, until the timer goes off.
- Divide the oatmeal between two bowls, top with the chopped walnuts and serve.
- Serve with extra maple syrup, if you like. And be careful as the pears may be quite hot.