Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

August 12, 2020

Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears! Vegan, Gluten-free, and only takes 5 minutes to whip together while you allow let the refrigerator do the rest overnight. This recipe boasts of it’s creaminess, thickness from the thickly cut oats used, and generous vanilla + nutty flavors from the delicious almond butter marrying well with vanilla; which all create quite the experience in just one bowl.

Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears! My, my, my—where do I begin? These oats are so rich in flavor, it’s unbelievable! Plus, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and so easy to make including with a make ahead option.

With Fall coming soon enough, I’m so excited to begin sharing traditional and not so traditional recipes that incorporate warm, Fall spices and killer combos like this one.

These Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears are the perfect easy, Fall breakfast or mid-day sweet treat!

I know that summer has been a bit different this year and I can imagine that Fall/Winter will be also, however, I love the beautiful autumn leaves and the scenery of leaves falling to the ground, cooler weather, and the whole bit.

This summer has been HOT in a lot of places and while I enjoy a good soak in the sun, it’s been way too hot for comfort in the last few months, so cooler weather seems a bit promising to say the least.

 

Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

If you’ve been an avid reader of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you’re already aware that we LOVE, LOVE flavor on this small corner of the web. Haha.

With the new website design and layout, I’ve been truly taking inventory of the types of recipes that I share and the ones which are lower in count. With that being said, I’ve been planning out content that boost a few food type categories and can’t wait to see how much you guys like them!

When it comes to overnight oats, you guys have been super receptive to the versions on the blog and if you aren’t already aware, here are a few to check out now:

My Top 3 Fave Overnight Oats.

This Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe is a healthy way to kick start your day and is beautifully textured. 

This Peanut Butter Chia Seed Overnight Oats recipe is the perfect healthy meal to kick start your day or meal prep for the week ahead. 

This Superfood Overnight Oats: Maca, Cacao, + Chia Seeds recipe is a healthy satisfying and energizing option for the perfect grab-n-go breakfast. 

Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

What You’ll Need For These Oats?

Thick Cut GF Oats – Healthy + full of fiber

Almond Milk – Makes things nice + creamy; Sub with your fave plant-based milk

Almond Butter – Adds a nice nutty flavor

Vanilla – The main star in terms of flavor

Agave – A light sweetener; sub w/ maple syrup

Pears – Beautiful touch of warmth

Pecans – Always love adding nuts for delicious nuttiness

Walnuts – Always love adding nuts for delicious nuttiness

Spices: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, All spice – the best combo of Fall flavors

Vegan Butter – Nice buttery flavor

Brown Sugar – Adds a beautiful caramelization to pears

Benefits of Oats!?

If you aren’t familiar, oats are super nutritious! They include a great source of carbs, fiber (the soluble kind!), protein, and fat. In addition, they are loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant.

Other great benefits:

  • They can help to lower cholesterol.
  • Improves Blood Sugar levels.
  • May help with losing weight.
  • Great alternative for skincare.
  • Helps to relieve constipation.
Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

Looking for a Healthier Sweetener Option?

The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.

Best Tips to Making the Perfect Oats + To Change Things Up.

  • Always aim to make your oats the night before so that it has enough time to fully soak and marry all the great flavors.
  • To change things up, simply add other flavors such as juice of an orange, vanilla, zest, or other extracts.
  • You can use any sweetener option you please—-Agave, maple syrup, honey, apple sauce, or another natural sweetener.
  • For additional nutrients, feel free to add flaxseed meal, chia seeds, etc.
  • Top with other caramelized fruit, dried fruit, nuts, cranberries, chocolate chips, or whatever you choose.
  • For Make-ahead meals or on-the-go, simply make this in a mason jar.
Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

Now let’s dig right into this recipe, shall we?

Add all ingredients to a medium bowl, stirring until well combined.

Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours).

To Make Maple Spiced Pears:

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter and add pears, cooking them for 1-2 minutes while stirring until evenly coated. At this point, pears should be slightly tender. Add brown sugar, maple syrup, and spices, stirring to ensure that pears are evenly coated. Cook for 1-2 minutes until they begin to caramelize. Remove from heat.

To serve (hot or cold), add oatmeal to individual bowls or jars and top with caramelized pears, then toasted pecans + walnuts, if desired.

Bon Appetit!

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Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears
Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

Prep Time: 5 mins
Chill Time: 8 hrs
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rolled oats, gluten-free (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 cup Almond milk (I use Califia Farms)
  • 2 Tbsps Almond butter, softened (See Notes!)
  • 2 Tbsps Agave (See Notes!)
  • 2-3 tsps vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

Caramelized Maple Spiced Pears:

  • 1 d'anjou or bartlett pear, peeled + sliced
  • 2 Tbsps vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)
  • 1-2 Tbsps pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsps organic brown sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp All spice

Toppings:

  • handful toasted chopped pecans (See Notes!)
  • handful toasted chopped walnuts (See Notes!)

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl, stirring until well combined.
  • Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours).

To Make Maple Spiced Pears:

  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter and add pears, cooking them for 1-2 minutes while stirring until evenly coated. At this point, pears should be slightly tender. Add brown sugar, maple syrup, and spices, stirring to ensure that pears are evenly coated. Cook for 1-2 minutes until they begin to caramelize. Remove from heat.
  • To serve (hot or cold), add oatmeal to individual bowls or jars and top with caramelized pears, then toasted pecans + walnuts, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Perfect for meal prep for the week!
TOASTED NUTS: Add chopped pecans/walnuts to a baking sheet and toasting them in the oven (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 5-10 minutes, tossing them halfway to avoid browning on one side.
NUT BUTTER: If preferred, you can always substitute almond butter with SunButter (perfect for allergy-free needs!), Tahini (Sesame Seed Butter), Hazelnut Butter, etc.
SWEETENER: Instead of Agave, you can simply use pure maple syrup.
MAKE AHEAD PEARS: To make the pears ahead of time (a day or two in advance): simply leave them sitting in the fridge covered with the spiced maple syrup-sugar mixture so that they can take in even more flavor. When ready, just caramelize them in the saucepan on the day of.

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  1. Hi,
    just found your recipe – thank you!
    I do have a question though…
    for the oats prep – step 5, is it really 2-3 Tbsps vanilla extract?
    While I do love vanilla, that seems quite a lot
    Cheers

    • Hi! I’m so glad that you found my recipe! You can actually adjust the vanilla to 2 tsps if preferred! I hope that you enjoy! 🙂

  2. I can’t think of a better way to start the day! Delicious, and love having breakfast prepared the night before. Vanilla and maple work so well together.

  3. I feed my kids oatmeal every morning and these vanilla overnight oats really took our morning routine up a notch! Such amazing flavor and so convenient too.