These baked pears are tossed in maple syrup, cinnamon, and a dash of cayenne for the perfect sweet dessert that has just a little bit of a kick. They are easy to make, refined sugar free and vegan, and are so delicious they are sure to become one of your favorite healthy dessert recipes. And they are paired with toasted walnuts that adds the perfect crunch.
I will be honest, I am not the best seasonal cook. I try to be as best I can but it is just hard for me to keep up with what is actually in season :P. so sometimes I post recipes at somewhat random times. BUT I am so proud of these pears because I am actually posting them during winter, and they are the BEST dessert when you want something light and healthy but also delicious! And let’s be honest, I will eat these all year long 😛
Ingredients You’ll Need for the Perfect Baked Pears:
- Pears – the base of the recipe of course! I am not versed in different types of pears, I did not use any specific kind, just the kind you find in the grocery store will do!
- Maple syrup – I sweetened my pears with maple syrup to keep this recipe vegan and refined sugar free. But you could sub for another sticky sweetener like agave, or even honey if you aren’t vegan.
- Spices – I used cinnamon and cayenne on my pears. I love the flavor cinnamon adds to baked fruit, and then I wanted to make this recipe a little more fun so I added a dash of cayenne for a kick.
- Walnuts – the toasted walnuts MAKE this recipe, in my personal opinion. Toasting nuts just really brings out their flavor and makes them less bitter. And they add a great crunch to this dessert. But you could certainly make this with just the pears if you prefer.
And that is it! I would highly recommend serving these warm straight out of the oven and if you are feeling a little bit crazy top them off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or even just some whipped cream. But for a lighter dessert option, I think these are great on their own!
Tips for the Perfect Baked Pears:
- Remove the skins, if you’d like – I like keeping the skins on, Neil prefers when I take them off. So it is really up to you and your personal preference! The skins of fruits have a lot of great fiber in them, and they don’t bother me so I leave them on, but if you’re serving a picky eater you might want to peel them off!
- Cayenne with caution – cayenne gets spicy quickly, so only use a couple of dashes unless you really like a kick!
- Don’t overcook – you don’t want to over-bake these, the pears will become too soft and mushy. I know every oven is a little different but you will be good with the instructions below. If you feel you need more time, just watch them closely.
And that is it! If you have any questions that I didn’t cover here please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask, that is what I am here for! You can do so by leaving a comment at the bottom of this blog post, or shooting me a DM over on Instagram.
In addition to the listed ingredients, you will need:
- a peeler (if removing the skins)
- a knife
- a cookie sheet
- parchment paper or aluminum foil
- a bowl to toss in
If you try this recipe please leave a rating and a review in a comment below! It would mean the world to me 🙂 If you remake on Instagram please also tag me at @donutworry_behealthy when you share so I can see your creation!
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