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Gingerbread Oatmeal with Caramelized Pear

15 min


Oatmeals are a perfect, cozy breakfast to enjoy in colder months. To make it even more inviting, we add a few warm gingerbread spices to this oatmeal and top it with deliciously sweet caramelized pears.



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  • 1 cup (81 g)
  • 2 cups (480 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp
    ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp
    ground cloves (optional)
  • ⅛ tsp
    ground allspice (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp (14 g)
    ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    blackstrap molasses (optional)

Caramelized pear


  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    unsweetened coconut yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp (21 g)
    roasted unsalted pecans, chopped


  1. To a saucepan, add the oats, milk, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and allspice. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, to a medium pan on medium-high heat, add the sliced pear and the maple syrup. Let the pear caramelize for about 4 minutes while stirring and flipping the pear slices occasionally. Take off the heat.
  3. To the saucepan of oatmeal, add the flaxseeds, maple syrup, and molasses and let it cook for another 1 - 2 minutes. Add more milk if you prefer a thinner consistency.
  4. Divide the oatmeal, caramelized pear, yogurt, and pecans between the bowls. Enjoy!


  • Store the oatmeal, without toppings, in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • The caramelized pear can also be stored separately in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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Grains & Starches 37%

rolled oats

Proteins 43%

unsweetened soy milk

ground flaxseeds

roasted unsalted pecans

Fruits & Veggies 20%



unsweetened soy milk

unsweetened coconut yogurt


ground flaxseeds

roasted unsalted pecans

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Sara G - Dec. 4, 2022, 10:29 a.m.

Love alll your recipess

Nynke - Oct. 11, 2022, 10:08 a.m.

I have made oatmeal with pear and anise + cinnamon before, but this spice combination and the caramelization of the pears take it to a whole other level! It isn't the quickest breakfast, but the extra invested time is worth it. To switch it up I would suggest adding a bit of anise and/or some raisins to the pot of oatmeal. The raisins will swell up and be very sweet and a good flavour combination.

PUL Team - Oct. 11, 2022, 11:02 p.m.

Woohoo! So thrilled it to hear, Nynke, and love the ideas to change it up 😃

Asha - Sept. 10, 2022, 9:20 a.m.

This was amazing!!

Ashby - Aug. 29, 2022, 11:18 a.m.

Just made and ate this and i love it! I've never caramelised pears before and they were delicious. I added a few blueberries as well as yogurt and it was delightful. So easy to make, so quick, fully recommend this.

PUL Team - Aug. 30, 2022, 3:12 a.m.

Mmm blueberries sound like a delicious addition! We're so glad it was enjoyed, Ashby, thank you 😊

Emily - June 20, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

So good and warming.

Kit - June 20, 2022, 3:11 a.m.

Yummmy! I sweetened mine with date sugar(dried dates pulsed in a food processor) and they cooked down in the pot and added to the rich gingerbread spices.

I wanted to up the protein a bit so I added some fava bean protein and the spices totally disguised the taste.

I think it will be delicious with any poached fruit. This might be my new go to breakfast.

PUL Team - June 22, 2022, 3:33 p.m.

Hey there, Kit! Thanks a bunch for sharing the insight with us. It's so appreciated and we're glad it's being enjoyed 😃

Laurel - June 11, 2022, 7:41 a.m.

I absolutely love this recipe. So does my kid. It’s too hot here for warm oatmeal right now, but I can’t wait for the fall to make it again.

PUL Team - June 15, 2022, 2:56 a.m.

Oh, Laurel, we're so glad the oatmeal is being enjoyed 😊

Chloe - March 14, 2022, 6:59 p.m.


Emma - March 9, 2022, 9:46 a.m.

So simple to make and was really delicious to eat!

Liz - Feb. 13, 2022, 5:34 p.m.

Delicious and easy to make!

GL - Feb. 10, 2022, 2:39 p.m.

I am always happy and satisfied with your recipes and this one is no exception. Delis!!!

PUL Team - Feb. 11, 2022, 12:44 a.m.

A massive compliment, GL, we're so honoured! Thank you for supporting PUL 🥰

Devyn - Feb. 10, 2022, 2:08 a.m.

Such a tasty oatmeal. I’ve made it twice and it was heavenly

Adel - Feb. 6, 2022, 4:13 p.m.

Amazing! Great way to wake up and warm up on a winter's morning. Thank you for posting this recipe, definitely one to enjoy over and over again!

PUL Team - Feb. 6, 2022, 9:40 p.m.

Beyond happy to hear, Adel, thanks a bunch ✨

Monica - Feb. 3, 2022, 2:23 p.m.

Loved this recipe! Oatmeal was perfect texture and loved every flavor-filled bite. The carmelized pear on the side also was super easy and very tasty! Thanks PUL! :)

PUL Team - Feb. 4, 2022, 3:04 a.m.

So happy the oatmeal was enjoyed, Monica!

Louise Magnusson 🇸🇪 - Jan. 15, 2022, 6:02 p.m.

I’m so happy that I gave this recipe another try! I excluded the flaxseeds/chia seeds and it got much better. Creamy, concentrated warm flavours of all the spices, and indulgent! This holiday oatmeal requires more time than the others, but it is definitely worth caramelising the pear. Love the idea from previous reviewers to replace pears with apples! I topped my oatmeal with coconut yoghurt and walnuts, very tasty

PUL Team - Jan. 15, 2022, 8:31 p.m.

Hi Louise! It's a bit of a labour of love although it means so much the recipe was still enjoyed. Love the toppings and modifications 😃

Caroline - Jan. 15, 2022, 4:31 p.m.

Delicious! I used apples instead of pears and they still came out perfectly, and the flavors of the oatmeal were so warm and comforting :) I already know I'll be making this again!

PUL Team - Jan. 15, 2022, 8:29 p.m.

A lovely substitution, Caroline, enjoy the oatmeal!

Fariha - March 21, 2022, 9:15 p.m.

Same! It turned out great!

Michelle - Jan. 8, 2022, 12:25 a.m.

This tastes so amazing! Christmas in a bowl! We have had it several times this winter already! :)

PUL Team - Jan. 9, 2022, 6:37 a.m.

So happy it's being enjoyed, Michelle - thank you!

Maggie - Jan. 7, 2022, 12:51 a.m.

Dear Sadia,
I used to hate oatmeal, no matter what you did to it. Then my sister made this oatmeal recipe for me, and It was wonderful! You have helped me become a open minded eater, and now I eat all sorts of combinations that I never thought would taste good. All of your recipes have such great flavors, and leave me and my family wanting more!

p.s : Where did you find the watercolor hanging plants that are on your website?

PUL Team - Jan. 7, 2022, 5:48 a.m.

Hi there, Maggie, awe so nice of your sister to make it! We're so thrilled the oatmeal was enjoyed and it means so much to hear the incredible feedback. The watercolour art was made for us by our dear friend Lieke from @liekeland☺️

Ori - Jan. 6, 2022, 6:43 p.m.

First time going from a silent watcher of Pick Up Limes videos to taking their stuff into the kitchen. While I didn't go all the way through with the caramelized pear, since in my neck of the woods the price and (lack of) seasonality wasn't for me, the base gingerbread oatmeal was truly a cozy and delicious boost to my mid-morning. I normally make oatmeal by boiling water and tossing it into a bowl, but I could taste the extra steps in preparing the oats--as well as feel extra productive for following the recipe. I reduced the maple syrup to half a teaspoon and it was the right amount of sweetness for me since the flavor story from the spices and molasses kept me on my toes.

PUL Team - Jan. 6, 2022, 10:22 p.m.

Hi there, Ori, we're so thrilled your first PUL recipe was enjoyed! Thanks a bunch for sharing your modifications and experience with us ✨

Susan - Jan. 2, 2022, 3:50 p.m.

So delicious. The perfect balance of flavors (as usual for your recipes!) I'll definitely be having this a lot this winter.

PUL Team - Jan. 2, 2022, 6:59 p.m.

Oh, Susan, so lovely to hear! Happy cooking 🌻

Mira - Jan. 2, 2022, 5:33 a.m.

Delicious! I thought this might be overly sweet but it was just right.

PUL Team - Jan. 2, 2022, 6:01 a.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Mira 🙂

Kristen - Dec. 31, 2021, 4:08 p.m.

Just made this for breakfast! So easy and really delicious! I didn’t think oatmeal could actually taste this good. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

PUL Team - Jan. 1, 2022, 5:14 a.m.

Such as huge compliment, Kristen, thank you!

Taya - Dec. 31, 2021, 10:13 a.m.

It is absolutely awesome! Whole family loved this festive breakfast on the last day of 2021!
Thank you so much for the recipe!!!

PUL Team - Dec. 31, 2021, 10:27 p.m.

We're so happy to hear, Taya! Happy New Year 🥳

Charlotte - Dec. 30, 2021, 5:15 p.m.

This was such a wonderful winter bowl full of flavour and the additional cosy-facter! I have been really enjoying pears recently and the addition of the caramelized pear on top was so good. 🥰 I have used ground ginger in oatmeal before and loved it, and, with the added spices, molasses and maple syrup, this recipe is even better. 🤌🏻🥣 The ultimate winter breakfast.

PUL Team - Dec. 31, 2021, 2:55 a.m.

Hi Charlotte! It means so much that the oatmeal is being enjoyed - thank you 😃

Peta - Dec. 29, 2021, 5:06 p.m.

I tried this oatmeal for a Christmas family gathering, and loved it. It was a bit sweet for me, but with unsweetened coconut yogurt, it balanced it out well. I'm not Vegan, but I love the options. I do substitute a lot of the time, so I used lactose free milk, ultra filtered and/or non-use cow's milk, in my diet. I don't drink milk a lot, but I prefer it to other milks. Else I use coconut milk. I find that the sugar contents increase because I have trouble adjusting to the flavor.

But I'm working on increasing my oatmeal intake for breakfast, as a staple, and this has been added to my rotating recipes. Would love to see a rice porridge recipe that I could use and modify. Or even a cornmeal porridge recipe.

Also caramelized pears (and apples) was amazing!

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2021, 4:47 a.m.

Hi Peta, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with the recipe and request with us. We've noted it down for future ideas 🙂

DANIELLE - Dec. 29, 2021, 11:31 a.m.

Wonderful, will also make as an overnight oat breakfast so I can take to work.

Didn’t have pears so used apples, which was lovely, and topped with avocado, yoghurt and grapes.
Extremely filling.

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2021, 6:04 a.m.

Mmm sounds incredible, Danielle, we're so happy the recipe was enjoyed ✨

Hannah - Dec. 27, 2021, 7:59 p.m.

This is my new favourite oatmeal recipe! I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day, so the gingerbread flavour is a perfect way to enjoy oatmeal during the winter holidays. I top my oatmeal with persimmons, pecans, and caramelized bananas. Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

PUL Team - Dec. 28, 2021, 7:08 a.m.

Mmm sounds so lovely, Hannah! Wishing you a very happy holidays ☺️

Celina - Dec. 26, 2021, 11:11 a.m.

I made this as a Christmas breakfast for my mom and I today. It was sooo good, with all the spices and especially the caramelized fruit, we used apples. And the yogurt really helped with balancing everything. Thanks for the great recipe PUL Team :-)

PUL Team - Dec. 26, 2021, 6:37 p.m.

Aw we're so honoured the recipe was part of your holiday breakfast, Celina! Thank YOU for the kind words 😃

Sarah - Dec. 24, 2021, 1:02 p.m.

Omg it's Christmas morning and I thought this was the perfect breakfast for today. I topped it instead with some carmalized apple. And I loved it 😍❤️ It was so good. Thank you for this incredible delicious recipe.

PUL Team - Dec. 25, 2021, 5:51 p.m.

Mmm sounds incredible, Sarah! Wishing you the happiest of holidays 💚