Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal

For this month’s recipe redux, I took a little different approach to the theme – good luck foods. Sauerkraut at New Years was commonly enjoyed by my family, minus myself , who couldn’t get over the smell of it cooking to actually give it a try… Ha! I know black eyed peas are another good luck food, but they are tough to flavor without bacon/ham/pork, which isn’t my thing as a vegetarian. Round foods are also considered good luck – so I thought, why not bake oatmeal in a skillet?! Can that count as round? In some cultures, it’s tradition to hide a trinket or coin in your pudding or cake as a sign of good luck for whoever receives it in their piece. Why not hide a little something in these oats for someone to find on New Years morning? (Warning your guests beforehand of course!) Plus, what better way to start off the new year on a healthy note than with this hearty vegan breakfast? Sounds like a great idea to me!

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Pear Oatmeal

Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal

(Serves 6-8, Vegan)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-3 pears, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Dash of salt

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease cast iron skillet with cooking spray.
  3. Combine all ingredients except pears in a large bowl. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour oat mixture into skillet and spread evenly in the pan.
  5. Arrange sliced pears over the top of the oats.
  6. Cook at 350 degrees for ~40 minutes.

Serve warm with a dash of cream or your favorite plant-based milk and a side of hot coffee or tea.

What is your favorite good luck food? Click the link below to see what the rest of the Recipe Redux bloggers make to ring in the good luck with the new year!!

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