Spiced Pear Oatmeal

Caramelized Pear Oatmeal with golden raisins and walnuts - - - > www.theroastedroot.net

Greetings…from the outer limits. Where we boldly go where no man has gone before. Jodi Foster says hello!

Oh, my brain. My brain plus my peepers plus my brain. I’ve been to Arcturus and back over the last few days (and by “Arcturus,” I mean the grocery store. Okay, let’s face it: I haven’t left my house…nor have I showered).

Thiiiis weekend. This weekend. Henry Jenkins, what happened?

I’ve had some agenda-y things I’ve been working on. To-do lists have been massacred. Line items? Crossed off. Boxes? Checked! Life? Not something I have. Where she gooooes, noooobody knoooooows.

Firsties: along with soup and pumpkin and pumpkin soup and crock pots and pancakes, this time of year comes with…food – – – > work.  It’s food season. It’s pre-beginning-of-next-year season. It’s the season every company ever goes CAH-raaaaay-World War Z. It’s let’s-make-up-for-Qs-1-through-3 season. It’s Q4, folks: time’s to EAT!

Translation: there’s lots of stuff going on for us food bloggers. Things are getting baked.

I’m totally not complaining. I just have nothing else to talk to you about. LITRALLY. Walk with me.

2nd Item of Biznatch: Remember Delicious Probiotic Drinks? The cookbook I swear you haven’t forgotten about? Right? Riiiiiight? Anyway, she’s under final construction, so there’s been lots o’ cookbook editing, cookbook re-photo snapping, and WHEN IS THIS BABY COMING OUT OF MY BELLY-ing inggg…gah?!

Third of all: The second {kale} cookbook is still underway and oh lawww, is it tasty! By the way, it has a new name. I’ve been meaning to tell you that, but for some reason, I’m a total man when it comes to communicating important things. AND the new name is: Let Them Eat Kale!: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Superfood !! Do you love it? Do you want to bury your face in it? Would you wear it on a T-shirt? Yes times googolplex.

You want to spit on my shoe.

Caramelized Pear Oatmeal with golden raisins and walnuts - - - > www.theroastedroot.net

What is the gaaaforsaken deal with this oatmeal?

You can’t believe it’s not butter? I know, me neither. If I were an entrepreneur, I would start a chain of artisan oatmeal restaurants (because that would be successful), in which this exact spiced pear oatmeal would be sold (seasonally). It involves caramelized spiced pears with golden raisins, walnuts, and maple syrup (yum).

You’re reaching for your pocket book to become my first venture capitalist. I will accept your generous donation…errr…investment, and our chain shall be known as…wait for it, wait for it…Artmeal! Get it? Artisan oatmeal? Wah waaaah. Toldja I can’t name things to save a lizard in Antarctica.

But this is fun! What are some other great entrepreneurial ideas? Listen up, you’re about to be rich! Let’s see huuuur…

A.) Gluten-free pancake food truck.

2.) Itch-free beanies

iii.) Crock pots that refrigerate after they’re finished cooking so that you can leave the food on the counter…for days.

Any or all of these will get you on Shark Tank. You can thank me in the form of in-store credit.

Caramelized Pear Oatmeal with golden raisins and walnuts - - - > www.theroastedroot.net

Tastes just like butter! Artmeal. Where oats meet art. I’ll shuddup now.

Caramelized Pear Oatmeal with golden raisins and walnuts - - - > www.theroastedroot.net

Spiced Caramelized Pear Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Author: Julia



  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and stir in the oatmeal. Return to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook until the water has been absorbed.
  2. In a medium-sized skillet add the remaining ingredients and heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring every couple of minutes, until pears are softened and flax milk has evaporated, leaving a thick sauce around the pears, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Dish out desired amount of oatmeal and serve with the caramelized pears, raisins, and walnuts on top. Add maple syrup and additional flax milk/almond milk if desired.

Recipe Notes

*You can also use almond milk, but note that it will separate when it is brought to a boiling point.


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  1. Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies

    Why ISNT there a crockpot I can immediately refridgerate? That’s the best idea I’ve ever heard. Also, one that doesnt have random hot spots and burn my oatmeal would be nice. I’m totally on board with your Artmeal business, as well, I’d be your first costumer for this pear oatmeal!

    1. Julia Post author

      That’s what I’m saying!! Where’s the refrigerated crock?? No one can fit a whole crock (or 6 quarts worth of food) in the refrigerator, so why not bring the refrigerator to the crock?? Oh so brilliant. I’m glad you like my artmeal idea, my dear. Let’s do this! 😉

  2. Tieghan

    Girl, you are a rockstar! I have to say I kind of forgot you were doing not one, but two cookbooks at once. INCREDIBLE!!
    It truly is such a busy time. I can’t catch my breath, but I am loving every minute of it! 🙂 LOVE this oatmeal. Perfect fall breakfast! 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Same to you, my dear! Good luck this holiday season – I know you’re cooking your face off too! And of course, I can’t wait to see the fruits of your labor 🙂

  3. Julie

    1. An easy math problem. Thank you on this Monday. 2. Your brain works about like ours does. I’m not sure if that’s a compliment or not. Ha ha ha Sometimes, I have to reread it sometimes to get it in my head. 3. I want this oatmeal, only I want someone to make it for me. I’m feeling lazy today. 4. I’m famous for a tweet I just did for The Voice. I am now done with this comment, of which I’m sure you are happy about.

    1. Julie

      Forgot this in my excitement over my famous tweet. What is flax seed milk? Where would it be in the grocery store, or is this something that probably will never be in central Illinois? If I use almond milk, will it be gross when it separates?

      1. Julia Post author

        I get my flax milk from the regular grocery store next to the almond milk. I actually made this exact recipe again this morning using almond milk and it was delicious! I just figured I’d give folks a heads up about the separation thing because some people may be weird about it…but it doesn’t change the taste or bother me one bit! Almond milk it up! 🙂

        1. Julie

          Ha ha! Going to check it out right now. Say, this was a hard math problem and at the end of the day. This might require a glass of wine to go with The Voice and Adam to soothe me.

  4. Abby

    It’s like you put all the things that make fall wonderful in a bowl and pressed go! Love love love this. I literally just bought pears too, how do you know these things? 😉

  5. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    DOOOOOD I’d totally eat at Artmeal. It’s kind of like my genius idea for a hot chocolate bar… where people can come in and get fancy versions of hot chocolate and treats with hot chocolate in them. Yeah… it’s a work in progress.

    PS I’m right there with you on the “we need to bake all the things NOW” bizniz… let’s just hide under a rock together and eat this oatmeal, mmk?

    1. Julia Post author

      Gasp! Let’s combine our two ideas into one! Fancy hot chocolate + artmeal = Shark Tank here we cooooome! I never want to see 350 degrees F again. Le sigh.


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