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Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

August 12, 2020
Breakfast - Dairy-Free - Gluten-Free - Vegan Breakfast
These ooey gooey, creamy Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears are a delightfully sweet and healthy way to start the day! Super easy and perfect for meal prepping!

Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears!  This recipe boasts of its 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. 

It's hearty enough to keep you full and satisfied throughout the day. Vegan, Gluten-free, and Dairy-free. Best of all, it only takes 5 minutes to whip together while you allow let the refrigerator do the rest overnight. An ideal breakfast for meal-prepping and eating on the go!

Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears! My, my, my---where do I begin? With Fall well and truly here, 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 oats are so rich in flavor, it's unbelievable! Plus, this recipe is dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, and so easy to make, including a make-ahead option for all those busy bees. Mornings can be busy, but with this recipe, breakfast is ready, set, and prepped, making mornings a breeze.

Overnight oats are one of my favorite breakfast foods because they are portable, healthy, nutritious, and easily made vegan. I'm sure you've seen by now how much I enjoy experimenting with different flavors.

FLAVOR-PACKED OVERNIGHT OAT RECIPES

Apple Pie Overnight Oats - Apple pie is the quintessential American dessert, so meet your new essential breakfast! This recipe taste like a big slice of apple pie in a jar but is a perfectly nutritious first meal. They are vegan, gluten-free, and topped with homemade caramelized apples!

Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats - This recipe is a heavenly, healthy way to kick start your day. This quick and simple breakfast recipe is packed with flavor thanks to the combination of flax, cinnamon, rolled oats, and warming spices. These oats are protein-packed, super creamy, and nutty, plus totally Vegan, Dairy-Free and Gluten-free. 

Banana Coconut Overnight Oats - This recipe is a healthy way to kick start your mornings and is beautifully creamy and sweet, plus totally vegan and gluten-free. Made with banana, full-fat coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, rolled oats and maple syrup.

Spiced Carrot Cake Overnight Oats - It's taboo to have a slice of carrot cake for breakfast, but now you can with this healthy Overnight Oats recipe! My overnight oats take on the flavors of carrot cake without all the sugar and frosting. Rest assured, this is still a sweet, delectable breakfast! 

Prepping Your Breakfasts

There isn't an easier breakfast recipe than these dairy-free overnight oats. It takes less than 5 minutes to prep it before bedtime, and you are awoken in the morning to breakfast already made.

If you have kids, it's great to make overnight oats in lidded mason jars so the kiddos can grab breakfast and a spoon on their way to school. Overnight oats can be eaten cold, so there is no need for a microwave. That is unless you prefer your oatmeal hot!

Instead of prepping your oats each evening, you can make one large batch of oats on Sunday evening and portion out your breakfasts for the entire week!

Feel free to change up the flavors and ingredients day-to-day based on what you have in the house. Label the tops of the jars, so you know which flavor you are eating on a given day. I find that by doing this, I never get sick of eating oatmeal in the morning since the flavors are varied and customized!

Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

Why You’ll LOVE This Recipe

  • Uses simple pantry ingredients – If you keep basic overnight oats ingredients on hand, this recipe will come together quickly any day of the week.
  • Gluten-free – All of the ingredients used are naturally gluten-free and tummy friendly!
  • Vegan & Dairy-free – An ideal breakfast that caters to everyone's dietary needs while still being full of yummy goodness.
  • Easy, Affordable & Healthy – The ingredients for overnight oats are inexpensive; assembling a jar takes less than 5 minutes, and each bowl is packed with protein, fiber, and wholesome whole grains. If you want to save money while eating healthier, this is the recipe for you!
  • Make Ahead Of Time – Prep jars ahead for a healthy breakfast ready all week long.

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

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

Storage Tips

This Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days if stored in an airtight container or mason jars. This allows you to take them with you everywhere you go, making them perfect for the hectic workday lifestyle. If it has been sitting for a while, give it a good stir and perhaps add a little more plant-based milk to loosen everything up!

Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears

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.

COLD OR WARM

That’s totally up to you! You can have these overnight oats hot, lukewarm, or cold! Whatever floats your oat boat! If you warm it up, keep in mind it will thicken up a bit so add a little extra of your favorite plant-based milk if you like the texture a little less thick. My fave plant-based milk to use is my Homemade Creamy Cashew Milk, and this Creamy Vanilla Sesame Milk.

Why Pears?

An apple a day keeps the doc away, but what about the humble pear? Pears are loaded with health benefits and flavor, so I love finding ways to incorporate them into recipes! The antioxidants in them boost immunity and fight a variety of health problems. They are also high in essential nutrients and minerals. So here is your sign to eat more of them, fresh or in recipes like this one, to reap all of the benefits!

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

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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.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Chill Time: 8 hrs
Serves: 1 serving

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 tablespoon 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 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 1189kcal | Carbohydrates: 164g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 4g | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 913mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 85g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 555mg | Iron: 6mg

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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.