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Persimmon and Pear Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

So excited to introduce ya’ll to a very special person who has made all the difference in my life the past couple months, and that is my intern, Shawn. Shawn is a powerhouse (watch out, world!) – she’s super smart, determined, and has such a big heart. I’m so excited to see where we she goes after her RD – big things await this girl! Fate brought us together last fall at a food conference in Boston and in the most adorable way possible, she said to me “oh my gosh, I hope I don’t sound crazy right now, but I know you! You’re Kara, right? I follow your blog!” It was nutrition love at first sight. I’m so proud of all Shawn’s hard work and thrilled she’s sharing her DELICIOUS recipe and BEAUTIFUL photography with you today. 

This persimmon and pear oatmeal breakfast bake is so delicious you might mistake it for dessert but it’s healthy enough to be dubbed the best warm breakfast for a cold morning. 

This persimmon and pear oatmeal breakfast bake is so delicious you might mistake it for dessert but it's healthy enough to be dubbed the best warm breakfast for a cold morning. | @TheFoodieDietitian

I just want to start by thanking Kara for first, taking me on as her intern, and second, for letting me share a recipe to her dietitian and foodie blogging world.  It’s been a blessing being able to work alongside Kara and learn all about social media and blogging, as I am still getting my feet wet with it.

Before the holidays, Kara had asked me if I’d be interested in developing a recipe.  Immediately I knew that I wanted my recipe to include persimmons.  I bought my first persimmon sometime in the fall, and thought, how the heck am I going to eat this thing?  After asking some RDs on the interweb about what to do with them, I went out on a whim, sliced the little beauty and enjoyed it in its purest form.  I was smitten.

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You can find persimmons during October-February.  This fruit really is the perfect little package full of nutrients such as Vitamins A, C, E, K, potassium, copper, and my favorite, fiber.  Even better, they look like a tomato but taste like a less-sweet apple, so you pretty much feel like you are eating a vegetable and fruit at the same time.  Win.

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Two of the most common varieties sold in the US are Fuyu and Hachiya.  Fuyu persimmons have a smaller and plump shape, are sweeter, and are good for eating raw, such as in salads (or by themselves).  Hachiya persimmons look like an enlarged acorn, are slightly more bitter, and are great for baking, as they soften in the process to produce their sweet flavor, which makes them so great for this oatmeal breakfast bake I have for you!

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I included another one of my favorite cold-weather fruits into the mix: pears.  These two fruits create the perfect balance of sweetness, meaning there is little sugar had to be added.  Combined with nuts and oats, this oatmeal bake will give you a satisfying and filling breakfast (or even a late night snack). Seriously, it will make you want to sing persimmon praises because it’s that delicious (at least I did, anyways).

The best part of this oatmeal bake?  You can adapt it for any season, so use the oat and milk mixtures as your base, and change up the fruit however you desire!

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Persimmon and Pear Oatmeal Breakfast Bake {Recipe by Shawn Zajicek}

Yield: 6 servings

Persimmon and Pear Oatmeal Breakfast Bake {Recipe by Shawn Zajicek}


  • 2 Hachiya Persimmons, skins on, roughly chopped
  • 2 Bartlett Pears, skins on, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup raw pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, chopped
  • 2 1/2 TBSP melted coconut oil, divided
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 egg*
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and nuts in a medium mixing bowl. Add 2 tbsp melted coconut to combine oat mixture.
  3. Beat egg with almond milk, agave nectar and vanilla in a small mixing bowl.
  4. In a cast iron skillet, use 1/2 tbsp coconut oil to lightly grease the bottom and sides of the skillet.
  5. Layer 1/3 of the oat mixture on the bottom of the skillet, followed by half of the persimmon and pear.
  6. Repeat this step and then sprinkle the last 1/3 of the oat mixture over the top of the fruit.
  7. Pour the milk mixture over the entire mixture, and give the pan a little shake to distribute evenly.
  8. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until the oat mixture is golden brown and fruit is fork-tender.
  9. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.
  10. Optional: Top with plain or vanilla yogurt


To make vegan, use 1 flax egg (1 TSBP of ground flax seed + 2.5 TBSP water, let sit for 5 minutes)


Shawn is currently at Boston University in the combined Master’s of Nutrition and Dietetic Internship program. She hails from Lincoln, Nebraska, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics and Exercise Science.  When she is not studying, she enjoys running, spinning, yoga, trying new recipes, dabbling in social media, exploring the city, and dining at local restaurants.


Follow Shawn on social media:

Instagram: @shawnzy1

Twitter: @shawnzy1

Pinterest: shawndz1


Check out these delicious oatmeal inspired recipes:

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Dark Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Cookies with Sea Salt

Dark Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Cookies with Sea Salt

I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.


  1. Hi Shawn! You’ve totally captured my heart with this recipe! Persimmons are hands down my fav!! I can only imagine what fun you two had together in the kitchen and beyond 😉

  2. Ahh love seeing another girl out there that’s a dietetic intern, I’m completing my masters in sports nutrition/dietetic internship right now! Trying to currently set up all my rotations 🙂 So fun you found Kara and intern under her.
    ps: this looks delicious!

  3. Shawn, welcome to The Foodie Dietitian! And what a fabulous recipe to start off! I’ve never actually had a persimmon – been a little afraid to try them! But this looks delish and I love me any oatmeal bakes, so I will have to try!

  4. I’m SO glad it’s persimmon season again- just like pumpkins, they scream fall to me…Just made this tonight and will enjoy it tomorrow morning after an early workout, so will definitely be RACING through the workout #motivation
    Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I love when a healthy breakfast is yummy enough to pass as dessert 🙂 Looks amazing!

  6. Love adding fruit to naturally sweeten things up, especially oats! It has been way too long since I had a persimmon and this makes me crave one. I could definitely enjoy some of this all day long!

  7. Love baked oatmeal, definitely going to have to try this fruit combo for my next batch.

  8. Good to meet you Shawn – persimmons are one of my favs – I adore your use of them in this recipe combined with those spices and pears and oats!

  9. O how I do love persimmon and baked oatmeals!

  10. I recently discovered persimmons too! Baked oatmeal has always been a favorite of mine so I can’t wait to try this!

  11. What a fun story Kara! Thanks for introducing us to Shawn and her delicious persimmon breakfast bake. I’ve never cooked with them before, but you can be sure that I will now. Yum!

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