By Francesca Patterson
Whether you’re looking for a healthier dessert option for the Thanksgiving table, or you’re just in the mood for a simply sweet and effortless treat to keep on hand, these baked pears are a go-to.
The pears are halved and then filled with a light oat crumble that has flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar. When drizzled with honey and after a little while in the oven, this every day fruit becomes a bubbling sweet morsel.
The pear base acts almost like a cake, but without any of the guilt, while the oat topping gives you a toasty crunch. Try these out next time you’re looking for a breakfast or dessert that satisfies you without sacrificing nutrition!
- 3-4 ripe pears (I used bosc. Cut in half with core removed)
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup walnuts (finely chopped, optional)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- honey (to drizzle)
- Cut your pears in half and gently scoop out the core and create a shallow well in the middle for the oat crumble. Brush on a light layer of melted butter on each pear half. Reserve the rest of the melted butter for the next step.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl combine your rolled oats, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Slowly pour in the rest of your melted butter and mix with your hands until everything is incorporated.
- Spoon about 2 tbsp worth of the crumble into each pear half. Arrange the pears halves on a baking sheet and drizzle with a generous amount of honey. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until pears are soft. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Store in an airtight container. To reheat, bake at 400 degrees for 5-10 mins, careful not to burn.