This is the time of year to embrace pears.  When the markets are not overflowing with an abundance of berries, peaches and plums or even crisp fall apples, citrus and pears seem to shine through the winter months.  I’m actually surprised I don’t eat pears more often because whenever I do, I love them.  They are so juicy and sweet.  Unfortunately their mild flavor and homely looks are easily overshadowed by the flashier seasonal fruits most of the year.  But this is a recipe that lets pears shine while also providing a healthy breakfast.  Oh yeah – and it tastes like pie (or cobbler, or crisp).

I’ve made a lot of different types of granola but I think this was the quickest and easiest of all the versions I’ve tried.  Thankfully, that did not translate to a mediocre outcome.  Ben and I both agreed that even on its own, this is very good granola and would be a great base recipe for all kinds of additions.  Layering the granola with warm spiced pears made for a wonderful breakfast.  And when Ben said, “I feel like I’m eating pie for breakfast!”, I had to agree.  The concept of this recipe could be adapted in tons of ways to accommodate different seasonal fruits and flavors but for now, I’m happy to let the pears take the starring role.


For the granola:
2 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking)
1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
½ cup ground flax seeds
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
3 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. kosher salt

For the pears:
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 medium pears, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tbsp. honey
½ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of coarse salt


  • 01

    To make the granola, preheat the oven to 300˚ F.  Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.  Combine the oats, pecans and ground flax seeds in a medium bowl; set aside.  In a saucepan, combine the butter, honey, and brown sugar.  Heat until the butter is melted and the sugar has dissolved.  Stir in the vanilla and salt.  Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir well to coat.

  • 02

    Spread the oat mixture in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Stir well and return to the oven for 15-30 more minutes, until golden and crisp.  Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.  (The granola will continue to crisp as it cools.)

  • 03

    To make the pears, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the sliced pears to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until some of the juices have been released from the pears and the edges appear slightly transparent.  Stir in the honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and toss gently until well combined.

  • 04

    To serve, add a layer of granola to serving dishes.  Top with warmed pears and sprinkle additional granola over the top.

  • Breakfast pear pie?! What’s not to love!? This looks delicious!

  • Looks great. I agree, I hardly eat pears enough!

  • This crisp looks so yummy. It’s breakfast right now AND I have pears. Woo hoo!

  • I have been very into pears this season. They are delicious just cut up and eaten or even blended into a smoothie! I love this breakfast crisp idea!

  • Delicious!

  • I’ve been loving pears in my oatmeal lately- this would be a delicious way to change up breakfast!

  • This is YUM! I’m always up for trying a new granola recipe! And pears—you are so right! They are amazing and always forgotten by me.

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  • Wonderful! Mountain Man just asked me to make granola and I love having something like this in the morning before work so it will be a perfect combination :)

  • Oh wow, that looks amazing. Why haven’t I tried something like that?

  • My favorite kind of breakfast always has some fruit and brown sugar in it. This looks so yummy!

  • This looks great! And pretty easy too (a must for my recipes, lol). Can the granola be made ahead? If so, how should I store it and how long can I keep it? Thanks!

  • This pear crisp sounds WONDERFUL -definitely my kind of breakfast!

  • Annie

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  • Annie

    Yes it can be made ahead. Store airtight. I don’t know exactly how long it lasts, but I would imagine quite a while.

  • i love this idea! dessert for breakfast? yes please!

  • mmm I love this idea, Annie! Gorgeous picture, too!

  • Oh yum. So funny, I just made a crisp this evening (the traditional type, with the crisp baked right along with the fruit, as a layer on top) and my son was begging me to JUST make the crisp without the fruit. Now I can make them separately so he can have more of the crisp!

  • I love any sort of fruit crisps! Have never tried it with pears so will def have to make this recipe. Perfect for a brunch I’m going to on Sunday!

  • Latina

    Is that dried cranberries in the picture? It looks yummy!

  • yum that looks awesome I love fruit crisps but have never made one with pears, I love the texture of them. Definitely will be trying this one out, thanks for another wonderful recipe. Your photos are gorgeous by the way :)

  • YUM! I love Pears and Pecans!

  • This looks wonderful! I’m having company in a couple of weeks. This would be the perfect thing to serve for breakfast!

  • sounds lovely. i agree that pears are oft-neglected, and what a shame! just yesterday i roasted them to use in a salad.

  • I made this for breakfast last weekend, however, I only had apples on hand instead of pears so I used them.
    It totally blew me away, great recipe and thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah

    YUM…loved this! I also found that layering the leftover granola with strawberries and the Pioneer Woman’s Yogurt Cream made for a really easy weekday breakfast treat :) This is definitely my go to granola recipe now! Thank you again for sharing!!!!

  • I love the idea of a breakfast crisp. Or it could even be lunch. Looks and sounds amazing. Thanks for the recipe :)

  • Linda

    I used granola I already had on hand, but followed the recipe for the pears and this was a fantastic breakfast. Will try it with your granola recipe next time. Thanks!

  • Alexis

    I have been making just the granola since you posted the recipe. I can’t even begin to count how many batches I’ve made. Love how simple it is and I always have the ingredients on hand. Makes yogurt extra yummy. Great on ice cream too :)

  • Andrea

    I made this for breakfast this morning and it was awesome :) Also, I made the granola using applesauce instead of butter, so for anyone wanting to make the granola a little healthier, just know that applesauce works just as well :)

  • Jessica

    Made this recipe this morning for my little fam and they loved it! Thanks! I have always loved trying new baking recipes but lately I have found a new love – breakfast! Our alltime fav so far is your strawberry stuffed french toast! Thanks for all the great ideas & recipes! keep ’em comin’!