Cranberry Pear Oatmeal

For all the pear lovers out there, you’ll appreciate this recipe. As you all know, pears are one of my least favorite fruits. Thanks to the cranberries, I was able to enjoy this oatmeal anyway. I noticed from Foodgawker that pears and cranberries are a common food combination, but I had never experienced it before, and I found the flavor duo to be quite unique and fun.


It’s amazing how my opinion of cranberries has changed in the past month and a half. When I first bought the jar of cranberry sauce early in November to use as a topping for fall-themed recipes, I was pretty indifferent to it. It was significantly better than the cranberry sauce I’ve had in the past, but still nothing special.

Then I bought the fresh cranberries for a few recipe ideas that never actually ended up happening until this week, but I’ve been using them for other purposes (sauteed with brussels sprouts!), and I’m slowly falling in love.


I might even buy another bag. Cranberries > pears.

Ugh, pears suck.


How about you? Are you a pear lover? I try to give them a chance all the time, but they consistently disappoint me. 🙁

Cranberry Pear Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 small pear
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice, or more water
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel-cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/8 tsp lemon extract
  • pinch of ginger
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Dice pear into small cubes into a saucepan, and then cover with water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about three minutes.
  2. Add milk and return to a boil. Add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  3. Add cranberries and cover with a lid (trust me; they pop!).
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add lemon extract, ginger, and salt. Stir.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (cranberry sauce, pistachios, walnuts, etc.).


About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

5 Responses to Cranberry Pear Oatmeal

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi! I love your oatmeal recipes (I eat oatmeal every day) and this one looks delicious! I love pears but have never tried them in oatmeal so I will have to try it. I am wondering if you have ever tried persimmons in oatmeal/plan to do a persimmon recipe. There is a lady down the street who sells persimmons and I have never tried one but want to and I always think oatmeal recipes are a great place to try new fruit! thanks for all of your amazing recipes, it keeps me excited about oatmeal/breakfast each morning!

  2. I love pears in my oatmeal, I think the gritty texture is great with chewy steel-cut oats. I also think adding a couple tablespoons of Grape-Nuts cereal is great with pear oatmeal, it adds a little crunch and nutty barley flavor.

    If you like pears well enough but don’t _love_ them, you might want to check which variety of pear you’re eating. I grew up thinking Bartlett pears were the ones to buy, but I finally tried D’Anjou pears last year and they’re sooooo much better than Bartlett. Just a general better flavor, sweeter. And Bosc pears are great too, they’re quite smooth, not hardly gritty/granular.

    Just this morning I decided my pears were ripe enough to eat so I was planing to combine them with the cranberries in my freezer for a big batch of steel-cut oats in the slow cooker. I don’t think I’ve had that combo before, so I was excited to see your pairing today!

  3. Quinn G. says:

    Your oatmeal recipes make me squeal with joy! I started looking at your blog at the beginning of this school year and I have made so many of your creations. This looks amazing and I will definitely be making it tomorrow. If you have time it would be awesome if you could check out my blog Thanks for all your work!

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