warm oatmeal with pear, ginger, and cardamom

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Over the years I’ve transitioned from a first-thing-in-the-morning breakfast eater to a some-time-before lunch breakfast eater. And by ‘lunch’ I mean the hour that I step away from my desk to get a bit of exercise.

Because I pack my breakfast with me to work, I’m still relying mostly on smoothies, which I pack in a jar and throw into the side pouch of my backpack, and overnight oats, even as the weather becomes cooler.

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I do love warm oatmeal, though I don’t make time for it very often. Not that warm oatmeal takes all that long to make, quite the opposite. And I could probably make it in the microwave at work if I wanted to. In fact, I could make my entire breakfast at work – my company provides a generous breakfast including fresh bread delivered every morning, fruit, yoghurt, cheese, and a good selection of muesli and a few other things.

But when it comes to my food, I am nothing if not a creature of routine (you may have garnered that from reading my meal plans). So I kept thinking about warm oatmeal but never getting around to making any until a day recently when the stars lined up (I was working from home and a friend called to ask me how to make oatmeal) and warm oatmeal was had.

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This oatmeal combines rolled oats with a grated pear, some fresh ginger, and a touch of cardamom. It ends up being about as much pear as oats, which keeps things on the lighter side and creates a delicate sweet flavour without adding any sugar. Pear and ginger are such a lovely combination, and punchy cardamom kicks things up a notch. If you’re not familiar with using cardamom, tread carefully; a little goes a long way.



Oats are rich in indigestible carbohydrates called beta-glutens which help to lower blood cholesterol levels. Oats are also host to a number of phenolic compounds which have antioxidant properties. Due to the high levels of those beta-glucans, oats are also helpful in stabilizing blood sugar. In fact, eating oats in the morning may help keep your blood sugar stable throughout the entire day. Oats are also a good source of dietary fiber and protein. Look for gluten-free oats if you’re celiac or have another gluten sensitivity.

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5 from 1 vote

warm oatmeal with pear, ginger, and cardamom

This warm and comforting bowl of oatmeal is fragrant with fresh pear, ginger, and cardamom.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Author Katie Trant


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 small pear grated
  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • chopped walnuts and maple syrup to serve


  1. Combine the water, almond milk, and pinch of salt in a small pot, and bring to the boil.
  2. Add oats and stir well. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the oatmeal has thickened considerably.
  3. Stir in the grated pear, along with any juices, the grated ginger, and ground cardamom.
  4. Remove from heat, cover with a lid, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Give the oatmeal another good stir, then spoon into a bowl.
  6. Serve hot, with chopped walnuts and good quality maple syrup.

Recipe Notes

Cardamom is a very strong spice, so tread carefully. You may want to start with just 1/8 tsp and add a touch more if you like. It's better to start with too little than to start with too much.
If you like a looser oatmeal increase the water to 1 cup.


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  1. Neeta says

    This was lovely! Threw in some sunflower seeds and ground pecans as well. Also used a tablespoon of buckwheat groats
    Along with the oats.

  2. Sue says

    Love this, for speed I soak the oats overnight in the water/milk, then in the morning put in the microwave for 2mins to warm it a little then add the grated pear and spices. Sometimes I add the pear or even apple the night before too along the lines of Bircher recipes.

    • Katie Trant says

      Great idea! I do an apple cinnamon overnight oats that isn’t too dissimilar from what you described. Haven’t tried heating it up, but I’m sure it would be lovely!

  3. Emma @ Bake Then Eat says

    I love oatmeal but like you I am not really a first thing in the morning eater, so I tend to enjoy them at the weekend or when I have a little time to wake up and get things done before I sit down to relax.

  4. Linda @ Veganosity says

    This sounds like a wonderful combination. I used ginger in an apple spice muffin that I made yesterday and it was too intense. I want to try it with the pear now because it sounds like a better fit.

  5. Kathryn says

    Really love the flavours in this Katie. It sounds so warming and comforting; just right for a dark and chilly morning

  6. Sam @ PancakeWarriors says

    Love the know what you are eating section! So much awesome info in that little bit. I also really enjoy this recipe. I really adore pear but it often gets a little to mushy to eat. This would be a perfect use !

    • Katie Trant says

      Thanks Sam! Maintaining that section is a lot of work but people seem to really appreciate it. I know what you mean about mushy pear – this is definitely a great way to use up a mushy one!

  7. Alissa says

    I’m in total agreement with you on the cardamom. I love it, but it’s quite intense, which I learned by making the mistake of throwing way too much into a dish. Ginger and pear sound like the perfect compliment for some cardamom. I’m like you and generally stick with a routine, quick breakfast during the week, but I’ll definitely give this a try one weekend soon!

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