Spiced Pear Oatmeal

2 Bosc pears, cored and sliced thinly
2 1/4 cup pear cider
1 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
sprinkle salt

Place all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on low overnight (8-9 hours). Stir and serve.

Serves about four.

My thoughts:

I’ve been hearing good things about overnight oatmeal in the slow cooker for some time now and this dreary weekend seemed like the perfect time for an experiment. Rather than use water or milk, I used some wonderful pear cider I purchased at the farmer’s market. I love this fruity twist on oatmeal (normally we eat it prepared the traditional way and rather plain-with a sprinkle of salt and butter) and how it requires no morning prep time. The pear sort of half melts into the oatmeal which creates a thick, fruity sauce.


  1. would taste lovely the cider ! and now can be had for dessert with a dollop of vanilla ice cream …yum.

  2. What a great idea! I love oatmeal and this sounds delicious.

  3. this sounds positively scrumptious!! I’m intrigued by the pear cider… yum!

  4. Wow! That looks absolutly divine, so smooth and creamy.

  5. Yum. I love the idea of oatmeal in the slow cooker. Love the ice cream idea too Kate.

  6. I love the idea of pears in oatmeal and look forward to trying this. I prefer steel cut oatmeal (aka Irish oatmeal) to rolled oats. If you have never tried it, you are in for a treat.

  7. Wow! I love oatmeal. What a great idea. I have pears right now. I guess I’ll have to try this one.

  8. I don’t have a slow cooker, but I used this recipe as my regular oatmeal in the morning, and it was one of the best recipes for oatmeal that I have come across (I used regular milk, but next time will try it with some pear cider).

    Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Anon: I’m glad you liked it!

  10. I have begun to use my rice cooker to prepare my steel-cut oatmeal. It has a timer (so it starts cooking 30 min before I get up) AND it has a removable, non-stick pot that is much easier to clean. The pear cider sounds heavenly. Do you buy it in the juice aisle, say, @Whole Foods?
    Maybe I should also try apple cider as I love apples, raisins and walnuts in my oatmeal. You’ve inspired me!

  11. Palymama-As I said in the post, I bought my pear cider at my local farmers market. I have no way of knowing where you can buy the product locally.

  12. What would you suggest as a substitute for the pear cider? I can't find that around me…

  13. apple cider, water