Recipe: Overnight oats with poached pears

At our local farmer’s market recently I got a batch of pears. The farmer told me to poach them or they would not be edible, so I did! I decided to incorporate fall flavors into my regular breakfast of overnight oats with fruit. I like to eat oats for breakfast because they keep me full for a while and I can add healthy fats in the form of nuts and seeds. High in fiber, this breakfast is good for digestion. 

Overnight oats with poached pears

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Category: Breakfast

Yield: 2 servings

Overnight oats with poached pears

Prepare the day before and leave overnight.


    For the oats:
  • 80 grams (1 cup) of rolled oats
  • 1/2 liter (2 cups) of milk of your choice
  • A handful of mixed seeds and nuts (I use sesame, pumpkin, sunflower and linseed, plus walnuts)
    For the pears:
  • 4 Saint Rรฉmy pears (or another kind suitable for poaching: ask your greengrocer)
  • 1/4 liter (1 cup) of red wine
  • 1/4 liter (1 cup) of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 pods star anise
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar


    Day before:
    For the overnight oats:
  1. Divide the oats in two bowls.
  2. Add milk until the oats are just covered.
  3. Leave refrigerated overnight.
    For the poached pears:
  1. Peel the pears. You can core them if desired (this will reduce the cooking time). Leave the stalk.
  2. Put the pears in a heavy-bottomed pot that fits them snugly.
  3. Add the wine and water.
  4. The pears should be just covered by liquid, with only the stalk popping out. If not, add water or wine.
  5. Put in the cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise and sugar.
  6. Bring to a boil.
  7. Leave to simmer for about two hours adding more water regularly to keep the pears covered.
  8. Check the flavor of the liquid in the mean time. If the balance is right: perfect. If it is too sour, add some more sugar.
  9. Check if they are done by poking a knife or fork in the biggest pear. Cooking time may vary for different types and sizes of pears.
  10. When done, take out the pears and leave to cool. Put in the fridge for the next day.
    In the morning:
    Assemble the overnight oats with poached pears:
  1. Heat up the bowls with oats and milk: first one minute in the microwave. Stir, then heat for another 40 seconds.*
  2. Cut up the pears: for aesthetic pleasure, leave them in half. Remove the core if you had not done so already and chop up the rest of the pears.
  3. Divide the pear parts over the two bowls.
  4. Sprinkle with nuts and seeds.
  5. Enjoy!


*About the heating time in the microwave: ours is 900 watts. If yours is more powerful, reduce the time. If you have a lower wattage, increase the heating time. You can also heat up the oats with milk slowly in a saucepan.

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