Brown sugar pear steel cut oats

“While pears are delicious all on their own, they’re even better browned in a little butter and brown sugar.”

On a chill fall or winter morning, or any morning for that matter, nothing is more satisfying than a warm bowl of steel cut oats! Topping it with a layer of the brown sugar pears and pecans is perfection.

Serves: 2
  • 3/4 cup steel cut oats, dry
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1.5 Tbsp butter or olive oil (non-dairy butter for vegan)
  • 2-3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Bosc pears, peeled, cored and chopped*
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • Additional toppings: pecans, granola, nut butter
  1. Start your oats by bringing 1.5 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Once boiling add a pinch of salt, then your oats. Swirl to coat then cover and turn heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the oats are tender.
  2. In the meantime, prepare your pears. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add olive 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 also added a few pecans, which added a nice crunch and more protein.

The steel cut oats can be subbed by another grain such as rolled oats or quinoa. Even if pears aren’t your thing, you can sub in apples or even blueberries. For more information and pictures, go to the original post from Minimalist Baker.


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