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Pear and Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Course: Breakfast
Author: Ann Timm


  • 2 pounds pears about 5-7 pears, any variety, chopped into 1-inch pieces - peeling is optional
  • 1 cup brown sugar more or less to taste (see how to make your own brown sugar)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 eggs optional
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  • Generously grease the bowl of a 3-quart slow cooker.
  • Toss the pears, brown sugar, salt, ginger, 5-spice, and nutmeg in a large bowl, then add the oats and stir again. Pour into the greased slow cooker insert.
  • Whisk the eggs into the milk until the mixture is very smooth. Add the water and whisk again. Pour over the pear-oat mixture.
  • Cook on low for 6-9 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.


Cook time will vary considerably according to brand and size of slow cooker, so if you don't like crispy edges on your oatmeal (which actually can be really yummy - sort of like an oatmeal crisp), make this recipe for the first time during the day when you can gauge the progress of the oatmeal.