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Overnight oats with cardamom-poached pears, peanut butter & granola

Overnight oats with cardamom-poached pears, peanut butter & granola

Ed Smith’s overnight oats features creamy oats, fresh and poached fruit and peanut butter. Plus crunch from granola and  yogurt to bind it all together. Well worth the effort.

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  • Serves2
  • CourseBreakfast
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook15 mins
  • Total time25 mins
  • Plusovernight soaking

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  • 125g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 5 cardamom pods, split and seeds ground
  • 4 Conference pears, 1 roughly grated, core discarded
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 150g porridge oats
  • 300ml whole milk, plus extra to taste
  • 1 banana, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter, to serve
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt, to serve
  • 3 tbsp granola, such as No.1 Dark Chocolate & Sour Cherry, to serve


  1. The evening before your breakfast, measure the sugar, vanilla paste and cardamom into a small saucepan. Pour 600ml just-boiled water over the top and stir to dissolve the sugar.

  2. Peel 3 pears (but leave whole), rubbing the flesh with juice from the lemon wedge. Pop the pears into the pan, then cover with a piece of scrunched up baking parchment and push down to ensure they remain submerged. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook (don’t boil) for 15 minutes, or until tender but not too soft.

  3. Remove from the heat, cover with a lid and leave the pears to cool in the water for 1 hour. Transfer the pears and poaching liquid to a tall, thin container (so the fruit remains submerged and continues taking on the flavour of the poaching liquor). Refrigerate. In a separate container, combine the oats and 300ml milk. Stir once, cover and refrigerate overnight.

  4. In the morning, give the oats a good stir – they will quickly become creamy – then add 50ml or so more milk to thin the mix a little, so that it’s loose (neither sticky, like wallpaper paste, nor runny, like soup). Stir in the banana and the remaining grated pear, then divide between 2 bowls, adding to the centre of each 1 tbsp peanut butter, yogurt and some granola. Add a few sea salt flakes to the peanut butter, then cut 1 of the poached pears into quarters, lengthways. Divide between the bowls and top with 1 tbsp of the poaching juices.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


3,519kJ/ 836kcals



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