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!
Spiced Chocolate Pear Overnight Oats
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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