Yep, I gave pears another chance. For me, so much of the problem was the texture–so gritty and watery! I thought I would never make another oatmeal with them again, but when I thought of making a pear sauce, I knew I had to give it a shot.
Luckily, I was at my parents’ house last week, and they had pears. That meant I didn’t have to waste any of my own money on a stupid pear. 🙂 The other perk is that my parents have a microwave. Are you aware that I do not own a microwave in my Brooklyn apartment? Nope. I don’t.
Of course, you can make pear sauce on the stove, but this is a super fast method that works just as well and is much less daunting! This is an enjoyable pear recipe, although I’ll be the first to admit that I like the apple version better. 🙂
What you'll need:
- 1 pear
- 1 tbsp lemon or orange juice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of ginger
- 1 cup milk of choice, or water
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/3 cup pear sauce
- pinch of salt
How to make it:
- Slice pear into wedges or chunks and combine with other ingredients in a microwaveable container with a lid.
- Cover and microwave for five minutes. When finished, either puree with an immersion blender for smooth pear sauce or mash with a fork for a chunkier sauce (I chose the latter).
- In a medium saucepan, bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- Add pear sauce and salt. Stir.
- If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (raisins, nuts, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, pinch of nutmeg, 1/8 tsp lemon and/or orange extract, orange or lemon zest, 1/2 tsp apple pie spice, 1/8 tsp molasses, 1/2 tsp maple syrup or honey, handful of dried cranberries or other dried fruit, nuts), do so now.
- 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 (dried cranberries, walnuts or another nut, maple syrup or honey, nut butters, etc.).