Pear Cranberry Oatmeal with Toasted Walnuts

Pear Cranberry Oatmeal with Toasted Walnuts

Here is a deliciously easy way to start your day. The tart dried cranberries and sweet fresh pears are a match made in heaven, and the toasted walnuts bring a savory crunch and healthy omega-3 fats. Add some milk or yogurt for extra protein, and you have a nutritious breakfast that will keep you feeling full and satisfied throughout the morning.


  • 1 ⅓ cups rolled oats
  • 2 ⅔ cups water
  • Generous pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 small pears (firm but ripe)
  • 2-3 tablespoons walnut pieces, lightly toasted
  • 1 diced banana (optional)
  • Milk or yogurt of your choice, to taste (see Chef Tips)


  1. Combine the oats, water, salt, and cranberries in a pan. Bring to a boil, stir well, and then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook, covered, for about 10 minutes, stirring the oatmeal from time to time so that it doesn’t stick.
  2. While the oatmeal is cooking, halve the pears and scoop out the cores with a teaspoon. Cut the pears into a small dice. When the oatmeal has finished cooking, stir in the diced pears until well mixed. Cover and turn the heat off. Leave the oatmeal and pears for 5 minutes to steam. While you’re waiting, roughly chop the walnuts. Set aside.
  3. Serve the oatmeal with a sprinkle of walnuts, some diced banana if desired, and the milk or yogurt of your choice on the side.