Saffron Pear Baked Oatmeal

Homemade healthy baked oatmeal breakfast with pomegranate seeds.

Have you ever had baked oatmeal? If yes then you are part of a club. A very important club of exclusive folks who know how addictive this is. I cannot believe this is breakfast because really it could replace dessert for me. The saffron puts an elegant twist on a classic bowl of oats. Ready to bake your breakfast? Let’s check out just how simple this is to prepare.

I know control yourself…

Homemade healthy baked pear oatmeal breakfast with pomegranate seeds.

Be sure to bake up a big batch of this oatmeal as you can enjoy it for quite a few days. Simply warm some up before serving or enjoy chilled straight out of the fridge.

I always have some protein with mine…Greek yogurt or a side of eggs. You could also just add some more nuts for energy sustain. Try it in a layered parfait.

Fresh ripe pomegranate cut in half with seeds (arils)

Pomegranates are super stars this time of year. Grab a few, slice ’em in half and dig in. Just wear a dark apron when you do this. The red juice gets everywhere!

This squadgy fat little pear makes everything right in the world. I would say as far as pears go this little chubby guy should be a super model. The only thing he is missing is his top hat stem and leaf. That’s OK though.

We must all embrace our imperfections.

Homemade healthy baked oatmeal breakfast with pomegranate seeds.

One of my all time favorite lifestyle brands for the home is Shabby Chic. The owner Rachel Ashwell is a genius when it comes to vintage cottage design. One of her signature designs is a BIG puffy white couch called the squishy.

This pear would take a seat on that.

Bartlett pear for fall baked oatmeal recipe.

Let’s take a moment to pause and look at how it’s yellowy green hue transforms into a pinky red.

Taking the time to notice life’s subtleties makes for brighter days

Homemade healthy baked oatmeal breakfast with pomegranate seeds.

After you bake your oatmeal be sure to cover the top with all kinds of seasonal fruits, dried cranberries, blueberries, goji berries and such.

Add a splash of cream or milk.

Toasted nuts are always in favor over here too. Hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts, pecans…

Homemade healthy baked oatmeal breakfast with pomegranate seeds.

I must warn you ~ your house will smell amazing if you make this oatmeal. This breakfast is perfect for holiday brunch parties, showers and what not.

All of your guests will be satisfied as it is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and there are no refined sugars.

Homemade healthy baked oatmeal breakfast with pomegranate seeds.

What is your favorite breakfast? Have you ever made baked oatmeal? What goodies do you like to put in yours?

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Earth's Own giveaway and review on blog

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This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for all of your entries. Congrats to my two winners Christine #114 and Jessica #78.

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Earth’s Own Ryza rice milk and Almond Fresh milk are great healthy options to add to all kinds of vegan recipes. At we are not dairy free, but we always love the opportunity to use all kinds of nutrient rich ingredients. A little about Ryza: The only rice beverage to bear the Whole Grains Council seal, Ryza is also the only rice milk to contain 16 grams of whole grains per one cup serving. Ryza contains no added oils, making it half the fat of the leading competitor.

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258 thoughts on “Saffron Pear Baked Oatmeal

  1. That oatmeal looks divine!! My favorite oatmeal is any kind made with steel oats and banana – additional ingredients such as blueberries, cinnamon, pomegranate and almonds are also welcome too 🙂

  2. I love swiss chard tarts that have lots of cream and cheese in it. If I’m looking for a sweet tart, I’d pick anything with apples or pears!

    1. That’s a bummer, your MIL needs to share that delish apple tart with you. Perhaps she has a magic touch that should not be messed with??

  3. The vegan milk I would use for the Banana Almond Snack Cake recipe. I’ve made it before but am wondering how it would taste with the vegan milk.

  4. Stop it!! These photos are drop dead gorgeous! I am so proud of you and your ridiculous talent!! So fun to see you today, let’s get together again soon 🙂 xoxo

  5. I LOVE steel cut oats with just a sprinkle of brown sugar and a splash of milk or cream. So simple, but so YUM!!

  6. I love two different fruit flavors of oatmeal mixed together and with banana added in!

    I keep meaning to try baked oatmeal. It looks great.

  7. My favorite type of oatmeal is steel cut oats with flax seed, walnuts, banana and maple syrup. Also love to add some pumpkin in there!

  8. You know, I really have never made my own oatmeal…I’m in to my first year of marriage and am just now getting into this “preparing (healthy) meals groove”. However this one looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it! I will say I love the pre-made store bought apple cinnamon oatmeal 🙂

    1. Kristen, once you start making your own oatmeal you will forget all about those little packs. Maybe?! It is fun to be able to control all of your own ingredients….adding all the fruit, nuts and seeds makes it extra delish too. Remember if you make a Big Batch then it is always ready for you when you need it most 🙂

    1. Gwen, don’t feel bad. Cereal happens a lot over here too. Time gets away from us all, especially on the busy week days. I hope you guys enjoy the oatmeal 🙂

  9. oooh, this looks super yummy! My favorite kind of oatmeal is steel cut, with a little almond milk, maple syrup and pears. Always with some eggs for protein. Yum!

  10. I’d definitely try out your Chocolate Pumpkin Cornbread Layer Cake with the vegan milk – that recipe looks tasty! I really only use vegan milk (mostly almond milk), so everything and anything I make is with it!

  11. Given my love of oatmeal, I can’t really believe I’ve never had it baked! I love how fall-infused this is. Delicious!

    My favorite oatmeal is pumpkin oats!

  12. I love slow-cooked pumpkin pie oatmeal – so delicious, especially with a little Greek yogurt tossed in for added creaminess! 🙂

  13. My favorite tart is definitely deep chocolate, but my sister makes a mean fresh fruit tart with pastry cream that’s up there as well!

  14. My favorite oatmeal is when we run out of milk and I only have 1/2 & 1/2 to put in there. It’s so good and creamy.

  15. I planned on getting almond milk for the first time this week to try to have a healthier diet. I wasn’t sure what to do with it first. this may be the first recipe I EVER try with almond milk. wish me luck!

  16. I would try the almond milk in your Avocado Scone recipe. I think the almond flavor would taste great with the rice flour and dried blueberries! (LOVE these scones, by the way!)

  17. I’d make Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with my free soy milk! I keep seeing recipes for pumpkin flavored oatmeal and I can’t wait to try it.

  18. My favorite breakfast recently has been french toast – I just can’t get enough! Definitely nowhere near as healthy as baked oatmeal – which I also love!!

  19. Always looking for unique oatmeal ideas! I make savoury oats all the time to keep things unique. Frozen or fresh veggies and my favorite herbs and spices cooked with the oatmeal. Right before the oatmeal has finished cooking I add some cottage cheese and some regular mozzarella. I usually have smoked paprika in it because I love that spice! Then if I have been good I top it with a runny egg or a few scrambled egg whites, avacado, and usually some sort of salsa or hot sauce. Different but delicious.

  20. I love oatmeal. I am an oatmeal connoisseur. I normally put dried cranberries or fresh fruit, then pour some almond milk over top, add a little pumpkin spice or cinnamon and call it a day. YUM!

  21. Yummy! It is cold and drizzly today! I would love to curl up with a book and indulge in this yummy treat. I love comfort food. Baked fruit and oatmeal is a cure all! Love all the photos. Looks like you photographed it in Rachel Ashwell’s kitchen!

  22. I love giving my kids hearty breakfasts before school. I just can’t bring myself to give them cereal everyday and hope they make it to lunch. Our favorites include potato, egg & bacon hash.

  23. Oh my gosh, this looks incredible! I MUST try this! I have never baked oatmeal…unless it’s in a cookie or bread! 🙂 I usually cook my oatmeal on the stovetop with apples, cinnamon and raisins…but next up is this recipe! Thank you for the inspiration!

  24. I do like baked oatmeal. With quinoa, dried cherries, and almonds. We only drink almond milk in our house, always have (kids went from me to that)! Great recipe, marla!

  25. This is great – I love baked steel cut oatmeal with nutmeg – v comforting – and like you suggest perfect cold straight from the refrigerator… x

  26. Oh my GOODNESS this looks divine! Never tried baked oatmeal and I’m super excited to try! We just discovered how much we (my boy) and I love steel cut oats so we may have to try this with those, too! Your photos are, as always, simply delectable, Marla!!

    1. Jennifer….yay congrats on joining pinterest. Took them forever to sign me up & now I am addicted to it. I am more than thrilled to be your first pin!! Will look for you over there now 🙂

  27. I love a kefir and fresh fruit smoothie, but as Fall is here and winter is coming, this looks like a very doable comfort food.

  28. My favorite is a simple oatmeal prepared on the stovetop with chopped apples, raisins, cinnamon, butter and brown sugar. Yum!!

  29. I’m excited to try the Maple Apple Upside Down Cake, exchanging the fat free milk with the Almond Fresh. Yum!!

  30. I receive and love your emails – the recipes make my stomach growl and the pictures inspire me to be creative. Thanks for sharing your talent!!

    1. Abeer: the chocolate chips are a total win. Especially when they melt into a steamy bowl of oatmeal. Makes ’em taste like a fresh out of the oven cookie!

  31. I think I wld like to have the almond milk on oatmeal with some toasted slivered almonds. I think the textural addition would be wonderful.

  32. I have never had baked oatmeal, I have never even thought about it! But it looks and sounds like such an awesome idea. I normally just have my oats in porridge form with banana, honey and nuts – a simple and boring and classic way but a goodie! (Or cooked into British flapjacks for the comfort eating!). Not entering the comp btw (we don’t have whole foods here!) just sharing! Lovely post.

    1. Hi Juls! Thanks for sharing. None of your ways with oats sound boring at all. Simplicity is indeed perfection. I love letting the true flavor of these whole food ingredients shine through. LOVE British flapjacks too.

  33. Wow…the pomegranate looks so good in this. I always get so frustrated pulling the insides out though!

    My favorite oatmeal would have to be chocolate peanut butter…it’s just ol’ reliable for me.

  34. Love Love Love- like always you amaze me with each new recipe. The giveaway is awesome too btw. My family oatmeal has and will always be my brown sugar and banana oatmeal. So yummy- I am craving just thinking about it

  35. Until i discovered baked oatmeal my favorite oatmeal was the overnight slow cooked. Depending on my craving I added lots of dried fruits/nuts/fresh fruit to it. Yours looks great Marla, stunning photos as usual

  36. I am totally going to try this, I think my kids and I would love it!
    Since it’s fall I’d say my favorite oatmeal recipe is oatmeal with some canned pumpkin, cinnamon, maple syrup and almonds…yum!

  37. I love almond milk, I made some from scratch the other day but I usually buy it like this : ) I’m also intrigued by the idea of baked oatmeal. I think I would actually like it better than regular oatmeal and I’m looking for more breakfast options. I’m curious, what do you usually eat for breakfast? I eat a lot of eggs but I’m wondering if there’s another high protein option…

    1. G, I like baked oatmeal more than regular oats. I prefer the texture of it and the fact that the flavors have a longer chance to combine. It is also lasts a long time in there fridge for breakfasts at the ready. No matter what my breakfasts have a good amount of whole grain carbs, protein and fat. For the protein I do egg whites. Fats are nuts & seeds & the carbs something like this or my Stuffed French Toast. Lately I have been loving my crumbles for breakfast too. Always with the protein & fat though, other wise I would crash something awful.

  38. love me some baked oatmeal! I created a recipe which will be appearing in the Clean Eating Magazine newsletter in January. Can’t wait to share it with everyone!

  39. I have an oatmeal-chocolate chip cookie with coconut and sometimes dried cranberries that I love (too much actually! LOL)

  40. I will make the Family Fresh Cooking Recipe, “Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies – Gluten Free” with this vegan milk.

  41. We also poach our plums and add them to oats soaked over night in yogurt..the kids get a huge kick out of the oats turning pink from the fruit!

  42. I love to make apricot oatmeal bars, but they’re quite high in sugar and butter. I think I’ll give this a try. Thanks!

  43. Please, please. please tell us what Stevia drops are equivalent to — I love several of your recipes, but I do not want to go out and buy Stevia, which is expensive. I generally have a full range of sweeteners on hand: honey, molasses, malt syrup, maple syrup and all forms of sugar. Could you please just give a ratio for something else to substitute for Stevia? I would appreciate it.

    1. Great question Sharyn and thanks for asking! I have only tested my recipes as written. It is always tricky to speculate the ratios of sugar versus stevia. It is even tricky when using different brands of stevia as they are all processed differently. I always link to the products I use when measurements are necessary. I suggest you experiment on your own & let us know if you find something that works out for you. In this case since it is not a cake you might want to use a little less milk and start with a few tablespoons of maple syrup, sugar or what not. I also suggest that you taste the mixture before baking & make adjustments before you bake. You can always sweeten the oatmeal more when you serve it. We serve ours with a little pitcher of maple syrup.
      Best of luck! m

  44. Hello! I just made this delicious baked oatmeal, but I was wondering: Should it be dry, almost like a slice of moist cake? Or should it be crisp on the edges and top, and the consistency of regular oatmeal on the inside?


    1. Hi Haley! Great question. I’ll compare it to a moist piece of cake. To make it more creamy (if that is what is desired) you can add more liquid before baking -or- serve with some coconut milk, milk, yogurt etc. Sometimes I reheat a slice & mix it with some milk before reheating so it soaks it all up & becomes more of a rice pudding texture . I hope this is helpful?? m

  45. hi, lovely recipe, i am still a rookie in the kitchen. my question is in regards to the coconut milk, is it the one that comes in a can or the kind that is refrigerated? thanks

  46. hi I have cooked for 45 min.. ii is still a little liquidy.. do I cook longer or does it form to a solid once cooled