Cinnamon spice, fruit freshness, tastes-like-brownie-batter base–this Spiced Chocolate Pear Overnight Oats recipe is an easy, absolutely delicious breakfast in a jar!
It’s that day of the every other month again. I’m talking Collab-With-Some-of-My-Fave-Bloggers-to-Bring-You-A-Bunch-of-Superstar-Recipes-Focused-Around-One-Ingredient Day. CWMFBTBYBSRFAOI day, duh! I personally love this day, and I especially love this day when the ingredient happens to be a fruity one. We’ve done blueberries and sweet potatoes in the past (and I seem to be stuck in a muffin rut…just noticed that). But to keep it somewhat seasonal, this month’s theme is PEARS! Wait…pears are a fall/winter-ish fruit right?
In case my complete lack of pear knowledge and the fact that there are almost no pear recipes on FF up to this point didn’t give it away already, pears are not a fruit I am too familiar with. Anjou, Bosc, Bartlett–I have no clue which is which or what to use when. And if you asked me for tips on selecting the perfect pear the best I could give you is eeny meeny miney mo, because that’s what I do. I have probably eaten 100 times more apples in my life than pears, so this was a fun challenge.
I may not know much about pears, but I do know a thing or two about
life breakfast chocolate. When in doubt, add chocolate. When you are working with an ingredient you don’t know what to pair with, try chocolate. When you want to make breakfast taste like dessert–chocolate. So that is what I did. And cinnamon too. And I must say after just one bite I was loving pears a whole lot more than before!
This is one of those breakfast jars that has tons of textures and tastes in every bite. The ingredient list isn’t too long or complicated, but the flavors all mingle so well that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. And by greater I mean tastier, of course.
Extra thick, date-sweetened, tastes-like-brownie-batter overnight oats. Slightly softened but still crispy pear chunks with a perfect balance of sweet, spice, and citrus. Cinnamon throughout because it needs to be in everything this time of year and because it pears (sorry, couldn’t help myself) so well with both chocolate and pears. I’m telling you, the flavor mingling happening here is just awesome!
And most importantly, this recipe is NOT a muffin. Success!
Now let’s see what everyone else made for this pear recipe party…
Spiced Pear Donuts with Cashew Caramel Icing from The Coconut Diaries
Chocolate Chip Pear Streusel Mug Cake from Athletic Avocado
Pear and Cranberry Crisp from Choosing Chia
Pear Parsnip Pie from Healthy Helper
So if you are on the fence about pears like I sometimes am, I hope one of these recipes catches your eye and changes your mind!Print
Spiced Chocolate Pear Overnight Oats
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 120 minutes
- Total Time: 130 minutes
Cinnamon spice, fruity freshness, tastes-like-brownie-batter base–this Spiced Chocolate Pear Overnight Oats recipe is easy, absolutely delicious breakfast in a jar!
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2–3 tbsp date paste (or 1–2 tbsp maple syrup)
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- ¾–1 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pear (chopped)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp chopped pecans (or other nut)
- Combine all the ingredients for the overnight oats in a jar. Mix/shake to combine. Refrigerate overnight (or for at least 2 hours).
- In a bowl, add the cinnamon, maple syrup, and lemon juice to the pear chunks. Toss to coat. Sprinkle in the chopped nuts. Stir. I like to set this mixture in the fridge for about 30 minutes to let the flavors mesh, but that is not essential.
- Layer the pears on top of the oats. Optional: sprinkle on a few chocolate chips. Enjoy!
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Kaila @ Healthy Helper Blog says
For claiming to not know much about pears, you certainly NAILED this recipe!!! It’s simply PEARfect. I looooove pears and chocolate together believe it or not, so this is pretty great for me! And you know I’m a fan of overnight oats. Cannot wait to make this, love!! BRAVOOOOO!
The word ‘pear’ is just too easy to make cheesy puns out of haha! Yes the chocolate pear combo is delish, I’m so happy to know that now. Well I still have 2 pears leftover so what to make now…;)
rachel @ athletic avocado says
chocolate-cinnamony things are the best especially when you’ve got some fruity pears added!!! It looks like you’ve been cooking/baking with pears your whole life because you NAILED this beauty! You are so right, When in doubt, add all the chocolate <3
Haha well I’m so happy my pear news-ness isn’t too obvious 😀 Maybe I should edit that to say when in doubt add all the chocolates AND/OR cinnamon–you really can’t go wrong with either…or better yet both! Thanks Rachel 🙂
Leah M | love me, feed me says
oooooh aaaaah!!! wishing I had these whipped up and waiting for me in the fridge for breakfast this morning! spiced chocolate anything has a special place in my heart and then topped with sweet spiced pears?! hubba hubba!
I’m with ya on the spiced chocolate thing, all breakfasts should include those two I think 🙂 Thanks Leah, although I still would probably go for one of your cinnamon rolls first haha!
Aimee | Wallflower Kitchen says
You are absolutely killing it lately, Natalie! Even more so than usual, that is. Loving the recipes, photos, everything. I would love to wake up to an amazing breakfast like this!
No see I think that is you that is killing it, especially on the holiday deliciousness! But thank you Aimee <3
A perfect fall breakfast! Love the chocolate and cinnamon combination in here with the pears!
This collab has really made me realize just how versatile pears are, they go well with so many other fruits and flavors 🙂 Thanks Jess!
I love pears, so this is an extra fun sounding oatmeal idea!!! Just curious, did you use Bosc pears? They kind of look like it in the photos? You mentioned you had some extras so while they are really good for eating, they are exceptional in baking!!! ?. If you haven’t tried a sliced up Bosc pear sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and roasted in the oven yet, I think you’ll really like them!!!
I literally know nothing about pears, I just googled “bosc pear” to see if it was the same kind I used lol? But yes that is what I used here! Oh my goodness that sounds heavenly!! I will try it, thank you so much for the tip Heidi 🙂
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Wow, CWMFBTBYBSRFAOI day sounds like the BEST day ever! Haha. So duh, how did I not get that right away? Like, I should have just intrinsically known. Lolol. It’s so fascinating to learn that you weren’t well acquainted with pears! Ya know, as my fruit expert, I expect you to know ALL the (fruity) things! Haha. Truth be told though, you’re always introducing me to so many new fruits, I don’t even know what my life was like before you… 😉 YEP, chocolate and cinnamon will always wash away doubt. Okay, but if I hear about this brownie-batter tasting treat one second longer, I’ll faint! Come on over and make me a batch? We can totally have a sleepover while this guy overnights! Haha. And, erm… have muffins in the morning (bc I LOVE all your muffins!) Muah!
There are so many new fruits to learn about, its crazy!! I feel like I only know a tiny percentage of them really with all the crazy exotic ones out there? Well you are always introducing me to new sweets and things that I want to make and shove in my face ASAP so I suppose we are even 😀 Oooh yes I do like the sleepover idea! I mean what else can we do we HAVE to give the oats their chill time…but we might need some snacks while we wait, so whip up some crunch bars for the waiting time please? xoxo
What a heavenly breakfast! I don’t know too much about pears either, but I know this looks delish! I agree…when in doubt…add chocolate! Love the video, too – it’s mesmerizing!
I know right, the foreign fruit lol 😀 Overshadowed by apples I suppose, but it’s always fun to experiment with something new. Thanks Melissa!
The Vegan 8 says
I love, love seeing all those flecks of spice on the pears, it is SO pretty! I’m with you too, when in doubt, always add chocolate, LOL! I’m not a pear fan, but I AM a chocolate and cinnamon fan so I imagine that this whole combination tastes absolutely amazing. I love how thick the layers and textures are..it’s truly a beautiful breakfast. What made them absolutely perfect is the chocolate chips on top, those always get me so excited! What a lovely recipe!
The whole pear part could be skipped entirely, just go straight for the chocolate, and I would be fine with that haha! I am more of a pear fan now, but apples are still my top pick for that kinda fruit. Although any fruit is 10 times better when sweetened and tossed with cinnamon 😀 Mmm yes, enjoy life mini chips are perfect just about everywhere!
What a relief to know that I’m not alone when it comes to pears!! ? I’m clueless on the differences and I tend to sub in apples instead when a recipe calls for pears. I do love them, but the last couple of times I bought them, the texture turned me off *sigh* But now I’m so intrigued by this creation of yours! Mmmm, spiced pears, date-sweetened, chocolate, chopped pecans….sounds heavenly to me!! One of our favorite breakfasts used to be brownie batter oats – so I know this would be a huge hit! Looks delicious and your photos are so cozy & beautiful!! ❤️
Nope, definitely not alone! I’ve gotten plenty of comments that I can assure you of that haha 😀 Apples are just so similar but SO much better textured, they sort of win…sorry pears. Especially for straight eating. Cut up like this with maple syrup and cinnamon I honestly couldn’t care less if its an apple or a pear or berries or whatever! I used to just whip up the base for overnight oats with oat flour instead of actual oats and eat it right away as a dessert–tastes just like brownie batter! I’ll have to try that with a non-oat flour sometime now…:)
Tiina @myberryforest says
Helloooo!! I’ve always LOVED pears AND chocolate 🙂 My dad used to make a yummy pear + melted mint chocolate dessert when I was little!! And I have a pear + chocolate dessert type of food (or breakfast or snack haha) coming up when I find the time to make the post 🙂 So yes, definitely loving this a lot and will try pear + choco combo overnight oats (or even chia pudding?!) very soon. Thank you for reminding me it’s good to have some chocolate in the morning. And fruit – lots of fruit 🙂
Mmmm adding mint to the mix–that I had not thought of? Sounds yummy, I must experiment now! Chia pudding and overnight oats are pretty interchangeable (and combine-able) to me so I think it would be delicious in pudding form too. I can’t wait to see your chocolate + pear creation as soon as a certain little someone gives you the chance to get it up on the blog 🙂
Anjali @ Vegetarian Gastronomy says
Believe it or not, but your site is what i came to first to check out after coming back from vacation to see all the things i missed! I saw these oats on IG and your video was so mouthwatering! I love the idea of spiced chocolate pear topping! I’m in full breakfast mode also…trying to get back to my norm! I need to head out for some pears!
Aww you are the sweetest <3 I was thinking as I was replying "Dang she just got back a couple days ago and is already catching up on blog comments--wow!" Oh I can't imagine all the life catch up to do after 2 weeks away, but worth it for a fun trip!
Ha! Well after being on the GO for 2 weeks with 2 crazy monkeys of mine, it’s nice to SIT on a computer for the 2 hours i have this morning with my coffee and catch up on fun stuff (i.e. get none of my own blog work done, just catch up on other favorite bloggers haha). I’m also VERY sleepy and jetlagged =)
this was hands-down unbelievably GOOD!
I really like pears and I happened to have one in my fridge which was riped, and moist, and even smelled sweet. It was perfect for an overnight oats.
I excluded the cacao since i’ve been high on cacao in the last few days ,but added instead as topping almond butter. DELICIOUS! I couldn’t believe how good it was!
I’ll definitely have it as repeat breakfast.
and Natalie, honestly, thank you for the work you do and the recipes you post! I’ve already made a few of your recipes and i fell in love with them and I actually have other 8-10 recipes bookmarked, LOL!
I don’t know what it is, but you use simple ingredients in great combos! And since i’m on a mostly paleo diet, having some food restrictions, I always find something here that I can enjoy!
I am SO happy you loved it!! I bet it was delish without the chocolate flavor too, just the spices and pears pair so well😋 Appreciate your kind words Ioana, and I hope you try many more recipes soon!