Healthy Baked Pears with Cinnamon
I’ve been making these healthy baked pears with cinnamon for snacks lately and I just can’t get enough. They’re soft, sweet and perfect for topping with nuts, seeds, granola and vegan yogurt. You can enjoy these anytime for a snack, dessert or sliced and served over pancakes or oatmeal for breakfast. Pears are a very healthy and nourishing fruit, are good for digestion and contain plenty of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
How to Bake Pears
Well, there’s really not much to baking pears. They’re so simple, you don’t even really need a recipe. To make baked pears, pre-heat the oven, slice some pears in half, scoop out the seeds, drizzle with pure maple syrup, add a sprinkle of cinnamon and bake away until soft and tender.
You can use any kind of pear for this as long as they’re ripe. A ripe pear should have a little bit of give to it but not be overly soft.
Baked Pears with Cinnamon
You only need about 2 minutes to prep these delicious baked pears. I make them often for a snack but they can also be dressed up and plated for a fancy dessert that always impresses.
I like to top mine with coconut yogurt and nuts but almond butter, coconut butter, coconut, tahini, granola and date caramel are all excellent too. I’d recommend my cinnamon raisin granola or peanut butter granola for a granola topping and if you want to try date caramel simply blend a few medjool dates with hot water, sea salt and vanilla and drizzle that over the finished pears.
Pear Health Benefits
Pears don’t get as much love as apples but there are a lot of great reasons to eat them besides the fact that they taste incredible baked with maple syrup and cinnamon. Pears are good for digestive and soothing and reparative to the lining of the digestive tract. They also contain a range of disease-fighting antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals. In addition, they prevent constipation, feed the good bacteria in the gut, contain minerals and amino acids that can help remove toxins from the body and are healthy for the pancreas and liver. Enjoy a pear a day to take advantage of their many health benefits.
Sugar-Free Baked Pears
You can omit the maple syrup to make this recipe sugar-free however if you’re okay with a little sugar, maple syrup is a natural, unrefined sweetener rich in minerals and it adds beautiful sweet, maple flavour to the recipe.
Maple Syrup Alternatives
You can use raw honey, coconut nectar, date paste or yacon syrup as an alternative to maple syrup. A sprinkle of coconut sugar would also do the trick.Print
- coconut yogurt (or other non-dairy yogurt of choice)
- nuts of choice (try walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds or pistachios)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Slice the pears in half and gently scoop out the seeds. Drizzle each pear with maple syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Bake on a baking pan or in an oven-proof dish until soft and tender, about 25-30 minutes.
- Top with your choice of coconut yogurt, coconut butter, almond butter, granola or nuts.