Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears
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.
Servings 1 serving
- 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
- handful toasted chopped pecans (See Notes!)
- handful toasted chopped walnuts (See Notes!)
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.
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.