This breakfast has hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom.

Cardamom, star anise, cinnamon, and peppercorn turn plain oatmeal into a spiced bowl that kids love, says Marissa Lippert, RD, a New York City-based nutritionist and owner of Nourish Baby, a food-delivery service for parents and newborns. Pears and raisins add extra sweetness and fiber. Cook a batch on Sunday, then warm it up with a little extra milk for the whole family to enjoy during the week.

Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 7 minutes
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  • Cheesecloth
  • 1 teaspoon green cardamom pods
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 pear, unpeeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon golden raisins
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups milk (dairy, nut, or oat)
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Using a small piece of cheesecloth, make a sachet with cardamom pods, black peppercorns, and star anise.
  2. In a sauce pot, add the sachet and remaining ingredients. Stir gently and cook over medium-low heat for 7 to 10 minutes, until oats are fully cooked and pears are soft. Serve immediately or cool and store in the refrigerator.

Photography by Mariliana Arvelo