Pear and Cinnamon Porridge

Pear and Cinnamon Porridge

By wlr's resident foodie Joanne Putney

This recipe used tinned pears (for ease)... I could have used fresh pears, but was feeling a little lazy, plus they're so tricky to get just ripe... Cooked with a dash of cinnamon in their own juice, they come out caramelised, silky and luxurious. Serve them over porridge with a little brown sugar for crunch - Yum!

I've previously made an apple and cinnamon porridge, which involves grating the apple into the oats, but I've never been 100% sure I liked the texture. I thought maybe the canned fruit could work better and soften into an apple sauce-like consistency, for a smoother porridge finish.

I considered slicing them on top with a pinch of cinnamon - but was craving something warm and satisfying and worried they might cool the porridge too much...

In the end, I chopped them and cooked them with a dash of cinnamon in their own juice - which made them almost caramelised. I saved half the topping for my porridge the next day and served it cold, straight from the fridge - that works well too. Here's the recipe:

  • Recipe makes: 2 servings
  • Prep time:
    3 mins
  • Cook time: 5 mins
  • Calories: 342
    per serving


  • 1 x 410g can pears in juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 80g porridge oats
  • 400ml semi skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp demerara sugar

wlr's Pear and Cinnamon Porridge


  1. Drain the pears, setting aside the juice. Chop them into bitesize pieces the pop into a small saucepan with the cinnamon and approx. 4 tbsp of reserved juice. Place over a medium heat and bring to the boil, then reduce to lowest setting.
  2. Meanwhile, measure the porridge oats, milk and remaining juice from pears into a saucepan. Bring to the boil (approx. 1 minute) stirring continuously. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  3. Keep an eye on the pears, tossing them regularly to coat evenly with cinnamon and avoid sticking.
  4. Once your porridge is thickened (almost) to your liking, pour it into a bowl, top with the cinnamon pears and sprinkle with a little demerara sugar (for crunch) - ENJOY!

Want to make changes?

  • Swap the cinnamon for nutmeg or mixed spice.
  • Ditch the sugar and sweeten with honey - or add a little crunch with some chopped pecans.
  • Fancy a smaller serving - try 30g oats with 150ml milk.
  • Try it with fresh pears cooked in apple juice (or red wine!)

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Nutrition information per serving
Calories (kcal)342
Carbohydrate (g)57.6
Fat (g)6.1
Protein (g)14.1
Fibre (g)6.8
Alcohol (g)0.0
Fruit & Veg2.7

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