Baked Pear Oatmeal

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Something different for breakfast!


I was staring into the fridge this morning, running through my breakfast options:


  • Yogurt mess
  • Oatmeal
  • French Toast
  • PB sandwich
  • Eggs


But nothing sounded good.  I wanted something different.


I’m a huge fan of baked oatmeals because the texture is so unique – more like a warm, thick, chewy slice of bread than a bowl of oats.  Plus, you can mix up the flavors easily by adding different fruit (apples, bananas, etc).  Today’s star was pear!


Baked Pear Oatmeal




  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pancake mix
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 small pear
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cashews
  • Drizzle maple syrup




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice pear in half. Chop one half and thinly slice the other.
  • Mix all ingredients but thinly sliced pear, cashews, and maple syrup in a small bowl. 
  • Pour mix into mini casserole dish and top with remaining pear and cashews.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Drizzle maple syrup on top.
  • Enjoy!


Dense and chewy – the way I like it!


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Do you get into breakfast ruts, too?



  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life November 3, 2010, 8:34 am

    I would totally make that this morning if I didn’t wake up STARVING! I can’t wait the 20 min! Voted for you btw!

  • Tabitha (From Single to Married) November 3, 2010, 8:37 am

    oh yes I do – that’s why I tend to eat the same thing all the time which I really need to stop doing! 🙂

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) November 3, 2010, 8:45 am

    thanks for assisting me in easing ever so slowly into my day by providing lovely food distractions that have nothing to do with my real work responsibilities.

    • Caitlin November 3, 2010, 8:52 am


  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 3, 2010, 8:45 am

    My whole life is one big breakfast rut. I’m a cereal girl, through and through- with the occasional bowl of oats thrown in on the side!!

  • amy November 3, 2010, 8:46 am

    amazing!!! it’s lunchtime in london, but I’m so tempted to have another breakfast instead! Thanks for all your ideas Caitlin! 🙂 amy ( )

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 3, 2010, 8:46 am

    Lately I’ve been eating dinner leftovers for breakfast. This morning was Braised Pumpkin

  • Kelly November 3, 2010, 8:46 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever not been in a breakfast rut. I eat the same thing every day because I eat at work and it has to be easy to make.

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 3, 2010, 8:49 am

    This looks good Caitlin — I don’t really get in breakfast ruts — but I eat the same things all the time. I usually have a rotation of PBJ toast, smoothies, eggs/toast or oatmeal/fruit. That is enough variety for me!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 3, 2010, 8:49 am

    No, I am good with oats every morning. I am sure one day that will end, but for now, it fuels me perfectly. I LOVE baked oatmeal and your description of the texture is dead on! I love how chewy it is…now I wish I would have baked my pumpkin oats this morning!

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 3, 2010, 8:50 am

    I def get into bfast ruts since I work out before work, but at the gym but need to eat before and after… so it’s whatever’s quick/portable!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 3, 2010, 8:50 am

    My life is one big breakfast rut. I won’t get up earlier to make breakfast at home, so I need to make it at work. That means I eat oatmeal five out of seven days. Thankfully it takes me a long time to get sick of it.

  • Krystina (Organically Me) November 3, 2010, 8:51 am

    That looks great! I don’t get in ruts per se, but I definitely eat the same things in rotation.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) November 3, 2010, 8:54 am

    I like my oatmeal thick and chewy too, so I should try this way. I hate soupy oatmeal!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite November 3, 2010, 8:54 am

    I always get in breakfast ruts! I get tired of things easily.

    This looks delicious though!

  • Evan Thomas November 3, 2010, 8:54 am

    I usually have the same thing for breakfast every single day. It would sound boring, but I love it!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy November 3, 2010, 8:56 am

    Breakfast isn’t my favorite type of food (except I love cereal) so I tend to just go with the same thing every day. Same for when I pack my lunch for work. But I like to mix up dinner!

  • Emily November 3, 2010, 8:57 am

    That looks awesome 🙂 I totally get in breakfast ruts, I try to use other bloggers to inspire me or just force myself to not go with my standby…its tough but it makes a difference 🙂

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama November 3, 2010, 9:00 am

    Your baked oatmeal looks delicious. I get in breakfast ruts sometimes, too.

    I’m going to go vote for you now! I love that you are going to donate to Girls on the Run!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 3, 2010, 9:01 am

    I really like the baked oatmeal option. It’s nice to throw it in the oven, go get ready for work, and then it’s ready when I’m ready!

  • Wei-Wei November 3, 2010, 9:03 am

    Could I add flour instead of pancake mix? What is IN pancake mix, exactly?! :S

    • Caitlin November 3, 2010, 9:04 am

      I’ve made something similar with whole wheat flour and 1 pinch baking soda and 3 pinches of baking powder. It works, it’s just super dense.

  • stepf @dailyspark November 3, 2010, 9:07 am

    I voted! And I’ll keep voting. 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 3, 2010, 9:08 am

    Yum! That’s so pretty, I feel like you could serve it as dessert!

  • Dee November 3, 2010, 9:09 am

    Mmm, looks good!

    ps. I just voted! 🙂

  • Maddie November 3, 2010, 9:11 am

    Yum! I’ve never had baked oatmeal but I think I will try it this weekend. It sounds great. I get into breakfast and lunch ruts all of the time. Lately I’ve been having fruit and yogurt messes for breakfast but switched it up today and had pumpkin overnight oats.

    I voted 🙂

  • Britt @ Runnerbelle November 3, 2010, 9:11 am

    Definitely in a breakfast rut lately, but its mainly cause I don’t think of it till I’m running out the door. I’ve been doing a packet of instant oats w/ some regular oats, walnuts & cranberries…. add hot water once I get to work. Could be worse I guess?

  • Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run November 3, 2010, 9:22 am

    Oh my goodness!!! Caitlin that looks fabulous!!! I’m definitely going to have to prep that the night before and pop it in the oven while I’m getting ready in the morning. Thanks for a great idea!

    PS: I voted!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 3, 2010, 9:23 am

    Yummm that looks great! I love the texture of baked oatmeal too, but don’t always have time to make it in the morning. I tend to eat very similar breakfasts each day, but I wouldn’t exactly call it a rut. I still come home equally excited every morning for a green monster!

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life November 3, 2010, 9:24 am

    I get stuck into this rut where I eat the same thing for weeks straight. I think it’s just out of convenience. I really need to start branching out.

  • Laura November 3, 2010, 9:25 am

    This looks incredible! Like a cobbler…this is on my list to make this weekend…I do get into ruts…was green monster, then peanut butter toast and now oatmeal with blueberries. Usually lasts two months and then I need to move on. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 3, 2010, 9:34 am

    Thank you for deciding what I am going to have this morning for breakfast! I’m walking around with a bit of a cold-head coma but now that baked oatmeal…now that sounds good!

  • Susan@MomSwimBikeRun November 3, 2010, 9:38 am

    Yes my current breakfast rut (and it has lasted oh 5 years) is an energy bar of some sort. Usually a Cliff bar or a Cliff MoJo eaten in the car while transporting kids. I’m usally starved for lunch by about 10 am. Ugh!

  • Gracie November 3, 2010, 9:39 am

    I’ve never had baked oatmeal, but it sounds right up my alley. I love dense, chewy oats! In fact, I usually let me oatmeal sit for a while so it gets all nice and coagulated (I probably could have chosen a better word..yuck!).

    VOTING!! xo

  • Rachel @ EatMoreMeatLess November 3, 2010, 9:46 am

    I am in a huuuge breakfast rut right now. I even go to the grocery store and have no idea what to buy to get me out of the rut!!

  • Nikki M. November 3, 2010, 9:47 am

    I always eat oatmeal for breakfast. I’m weird like that. I mix it up tho. Lately it’s pumpkin oatmeal, but really anything goes 🙂

  • Amanda (Eating Up) November 3, 2010, 9:52 am

    Delicious! I need to try baked oatmeal! I just had pumpkin banana oats and ate my weight in the voluminous oatmeal.

  • Marina November 3, 2010, 9:53 am

    I am in a breakfast rut lately, and I’ve been searching for some new ideas, savory ones specially. I don’t know why, I just started craving savory stuff for breakfast.

  • Charlie November 3, 2010, 10:03 am

    This looks so delicious!!!

  • Dave @ tips4running November 3, 2010, 10:05 am

    Yeah, I am stuck in a breakfast rut. I wake up before everyone else, so I eat a bowl of cereal very quietly. I’m getting tired of the cold cereal. I need to throw some fresh fruit in their or something. On the weekend, I can go wild because all the kids and my wife are up. I’ll usually make pancakes or french toast.

  • tina November 3, 2010, 10:05 am

    omg, love the combo!!!! and i don’t even like oatmeal that much (don’t hate me! ;))

    my breakfast is always on the go so its almost always part one- soy latte and banana, part two- smoothie of some sort- this am a green monster 😉

  • Kiran November 3, 2010, 10:05 am

    What a coincidence? I did the same thing! I mean, peeking into the refrigerator for ideas/motivation. I ended up with Kath’s version of Pumpkin oats. Can’t get enough of it 😀

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit November 3, 2010, 10:11 am

    That looks amazing! I need to try baked oatmeal. Good luck with the contest 🙂

  • rebecca lustig November 3, 2010, 10:14 am

    how could anyone NOT vote for this. seriously.

    you are such a special and beautiful person, caitlin. never forget it!

  • Natalia - a side of simple November 3, 2010, 10:14 am

    Dense and chewy? I’m sold!

  • Marisa @Loser for Life November 3, 2010, 10:19 am

    I get in breakfast ruts all the time! Sometimes regular breakfast food just seems boring!

  • janae @ hungryrunnergirl November 3, 2010, 10:19 am

    Baked PEAR!! Wow!! I always get into a breakfast rut because I eat at school every morning so I just have oatmeal but I am going to try this recipe on Sunday!! I can’t wait, I think my husband will love it too!

  • Camille November 3, 2010, 10:20 am

    I don’t know if I get in to breakfast ruts, but I do like my oats every morning. I’m just never in the mood for anything else!

  • Shanna, Like Banana November 3, 2010, 10:24 am

    I’m so loving pears right now..this would be tasty as can be!

  • Little Bookworm November 3, 2010, 10:32 am

    Love the idea of baked porridge. Sometimes I get in breakfast ruts I guess. Good luck in the Postivity Project!

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health November 3, 2010, 10:36 am

    I went four years of college eating a Nature Valley granola bar with a red Gatorade for breakfast…I think that would classify as a run! I really like this baked oatmeal idea! Looks yummy!

  • lisasfoods November 3, 2010, 10:37 am

    I felt the exact same way this morning. Nothing sounded appealing – not oatmeal, not toast, not pancakes, not yogurt.

    I ended up making a chocolate/peanut butter/banana smoothie that hit the spot:

    *one banana
    *1/2 cup rice milk
    *1 packet Vega chocolate smoothie mix
    *1/3 cup oats
    *1 Tbsp peanut butter

  • Ashley November 3, 2010, 10:43 am

    This looks delish. I never really eat pears. I want to try incorporating them more.

    I definitely get into breakfast ruts. I have been obsessed with bagels lately though. I can’t get enough!

  • Maren November 3, 2010, 10:58 am

    I voted! I am in a breakfast rut right now. I am a ceral fanatic, so I have been eating Kashi Go Lean Crisp and Kashi Honey Sunshine mixed for a few months now and I am sooo tired of it. I don’t like oatmeal (gasp!!!) because of the mushy texture. I never thought to bake it though! I am definitely going to try this. I hope it works. Thanks!

  • Laura Ann November 3, 2010, 11:04 am

    i tried your baked pumpkin spice oatmeal a couple wks ago, and WOW! this sounds just as great – i love pears.

  • Heather November 3, 2010, 11:09 am

    I have the same breakfast for about four months- get burned out and figure out a new one for next four months. It’s been like this since I could make my own food. I think I enjoy the redundacy….getting burned out right now too btw
    Looking for a new option….sigh

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! November 3, 2010, 11:14 am

    I absolutely get into breakfast ruts!! Like Heather, I will eat the same thing for 3-4 months, and then I’ll need to move onto something else. I’ve been in a fat free Greek yogurt + fruit + gluten-free cereal phase for about 6 months now! I wonder when I’ll get sick of it…?

    • Lili* November 4, 2010, 12:40 am

      I’ve been eating a similar breakfast w/ Greek yogurt also for a while! It is healthy, FILLING ( I’m starving in the AMs!) and easy to prepare at work!

  • Amber K November 3, 2010, 11:37 am

    I am in a total overnight oats rut right now. But the baked oatmeal looks delicious!

  • Heather November 3, 2010, 12:14 pm

    I get in total ruts. I’ll eat the same thing for the longest time, get sick of it, and then not know what else to do for breakfast. I’ve been eating lunch or dinner type foods for breakfast the last few days.

  • katie November 3, 2010, 12:18 pm

    i voted!

  • Michelle November 3, 2010, 12:28 pm

    Breakfast ruts are bad, but I think food ruts in general just aren’t any fun. This looks amazing. I’d love to try it with apples!

  • Becca November 3, 2010, 12:33 pm

    Eggs, eggs, eggs. My favorite breakfast food EVER.

    With sauteed veggies, cheese, and a healthy serving of ketchup.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 3, 2010, 12:34 pm

    I’ve been in breakfast rut for the last 2 years of my life.

  • lisa @ early morning run November 3, 2010, 1:13 pm

    this looks delicious! I’ve never baked oatmeal before but would love to try. I feel like it might be nice for a brunch dish!

    This might be a stupid question, but the first ingredient 1/2cup oatmeal – is that already cooked oatmeal or uncooked oats? Thanks!

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 10:31 am

      🙂 There are no stupid questions. It’s uncooked oats.

  • Madeleine November 3, 2010, 1:20 pm

    breakfast ruts?? all.the.time. your pancake truffles are what i turn to when i’m feeling really energized in the morning. they’re probably the best healthy bfast ever!

  • Lisa November 3, 2010, 1:38 pm

    That looks like a dessert! YUM!

    We go through breakfast ruts. My boyfriend is in charge of making breakfast and he’s okay with eating scrambled eggs every day. Every. Day. Oh. Man.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In November 3, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I get in total breakfst ruts…either banana oatmeal or yogurt messes usually. I just recently spiced it up with pumpkin pie overnight oats, a la Angela, but I’m afraid that will become a rut now!!

  • carlee November 3, 2010, 3:17 pm

    ALL the time! I try top plan the night before on school days. But I totally need to make baked oatmeal. For some reason I always thought it took way longer to bake. 20 minutes ain’t bad at all!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous November 3, 2010, 3:32 pm

    Lord help me, that is my personal oatmeal HEAVEN. YUMMM!

  • Teresa @ Teresa Tastes & Travels November 3, 2010, 3:46 pm

    Oh my! That looks delicious!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 3, 2010, 4:49 pm

    Some would call it a “rut” but I eat oatmeal everyday for breakfast when I can. I don’t let it get boring, though..and it’s the only thing that gets me going. So rut or not, it’s what I love. 😛

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef November 3, 2010, 4:52 pm

    mmm, looks delish! i love baked oatmeal but never have put pancake mix in it. i love the idea of pear too!

  • Sue November 3, 2010, 6:28 pm

    I just voted. I really hope you win!!

  • stacey-healthylife November 3, 2010, 6:47 pm

    That recipe is a great idea.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 3, 2010, 7:01 pm

    I’m always in a breakfast rut of rotating between yogurt messes and oatmeal! I tried switching it up by making french toast yesterday and I was hungry like an hour after eating it. So I think I prefer my rut! 😛

  • Lili* November 4, 2010, 12:18 am

    This baked oatmeal sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try. Ohhh and guess what? Tonight I tried your perfect baked tofu. Thank you for posting all these recipes 🙂
    Btw – voted again

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 10:32 am

      I’m glad you liked the perfect baked tofu!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 4, 2010, 12:53 am

    I hardly ever get into breakfast ruts ’cause I don’t eat many breakfast foods. I’ll eat lunch and dinner foods for breakfast all the time, lol. 🙂

  • maya @ finding balance in tokyo November 4, 2010, 2:00 am

    I totally get into breakfast ‘ruts,’ but I actually don’t mind it so much. I alternate between the same 3-4 options (oatmeal, granola/yogurt bowl, pancakes, etc.) throughout the week but try and keep it from eating the exact same thing more than 2 days in a row and vary the add-ins and toppings. Seems to work out alright for me.

  • Savvy November 4, 2010, 7:01 am

    Yumm, this looks amazing. Unfortunately I always wake up ravenous – the 2-3 minutes it takes to nuke my oat bran is almost all I can stand. Maybe if I prepared this the night before, then shoved it in the oven and hopped in the shower to distract myself from my grumbling tummonster this would work.
    ..either that or this would totally be a perfect breakfast/dessert-for-dinner contender! Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Vivienne November 8, 2010, 6:10 am

    Sounds grea going to try this!

  • Joy November 8, 2010, 9:24 am

    This sounds delish!!! Can’t wait to try it out!!

  • Caroline December 18, 2010, 10:44 am

    Caitlin, I’d like you to know that this is my favorite breakfast to make when I go home on breaks. It’s great to have hot oatmeal every day at school but a fun and healthy baked good is a great change. The addition of the whole wheat pancake mix is awesome. This is particularly good with almond butter on top.

    • Caitlin December 18, 2010, 10:57 am

      I’m so glad you like it!

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