Salted Chocolate Pear Oatmeal

I’ve learned the secret. If you ever make oatmeal that doesn’t turn out as spectacular as you’d hoped, just add SALT. Salt that sucker! Mix in salt, and sprinkle some more on top!


Much to my grief last week, I discovered that chocolate and pear just wasn’t doing anything for me. To be honest, I was just super annoyed at the pears. I’m so over pears! They are potentially my least favorite fruit. I’m done with them.

But then I salted it, and everything changed.

Well, not everything. I still think pears suck. However, at least I had some fantastic oatmeal!


I suppose salted oatmeal isn’t for everyone, but I highly suggest that everyone tries it at least once. It’s a new and delicious experience. Who doesn’t love sweet-and-salty combinations? Personally, chocolate-covered pretzels are one of my favorite treats during the holidays.


Salted Chocolate Pear Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel-cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 pear
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt, plus more for topping

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/4 c water) 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.)
  2. Dice pear and immediately add to oatmeal.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, another pinch of salt, and any other additional toppings (chocolate chips, sliced almonds, 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.

16 Responses to Salted Chocolate Pear Oatmeal

  1. Alice says:

    aw how odd, I basically had the same exact thing this morning, minus the extra salt…I’ll try that.
    crumbled some Lindt chocolate over mine, I was drolling at how good it was.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This looks delicious! Yep. Salt is wonderful on any oatmeal, I have to agree!
    Emily J.

  3. My colleague just directed me over to your website, and after seeing the first two recipes, I’m sold! Everything looks delicious, and I can’t wait to make this Salted Chocolate Pear Oatmeal!

  4. egginon says:

    Wow this looks amazing! I would never think to add salt but I might try that next time. I usually do chocolate and peanut butter and I think this would be a nice addition!

  5. Christine says:

    This looks interesting to try! How much cocoa powder should I use if I made the recipe with 1/2 cup quick oats?

  6. Christine says:

    Pears aren’t my favorite fruit either, but I love the sweet/salty combination! I made this with Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder, and topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Do you find that the pears get watery when they’re cooked, giving the cereal a thin consistency? I like my cereal a little thicker, so am going to experiment with adding the pears later.

  7. Christine says:

    For some reason, I have made this recipe over and over, even though I wasn’t blown away the first time I tried it. I made it again this morning, and had the best bowl ever! In fact, it now ranks among my (many) favorite recipes. I’ve made this recipe many different ways; here are a few things I’ve discovered to get the most delicious bowl possible.

    – Use old fashioned (rolled) oats
    – Use all water for your liquid
    – Use Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
    – Use a sweet variety of pear (such as Bartlett)
    – Use coarse salt for topping
    – Cut the pear right before you make the oatmeal, instead of the night before.

  8. Kelsey says:

    Have you tried Asian pears before? I’ve started using them in place of pears in oatmeal and I really prefer them! They give a great pear taste, but keep their shape, like an apple. This is on my list to try with my last asian pear.

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