19 Feb Whole Baked Pears with Honey Walnut
These Whole Baked Pears with honey walnut are an easy, healthy, gluten-free recipe that everyone will love! You only need 5 ingredients to make these mouth-watering oven-roasted pears that are soft, juicy, sweet and spicy.
Whole baked pears spiced with cinnamon, stuffed with honey and walnuts – such a beautiful and tasty dish that are incredibly easy to make.
I love how elegant they look, and they can be topped with pretty much anything so they can be made to fit any diet.
Baked Pears are naturally gluten-free, paleo, and can be made vegan so all you need to worry about is what you want to top it off with.
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What Kind to choose for Whole Baked Pears
My favorite pears to use for oven-baked pears recipe bosc or bartlett pears, but you can pretty much use any variety of pear that you like. I’ve created a list below for you of some of the common pear varieties and how they are best used.
You can also read more here.
Bosc Pears are crisp with a honey sweetness. The firmer texture makes them great for this recipe because they don’t get mushy when you bake them. They are great for eating raw too.
2. Bartlett Pear
When fully ripe, Bartlett pears are sweeter with a buttery smooth texture. If you prefer a more tart flavor, use the Bartlett pear before it fully ripens. Bartlett pears are one of the most popular varieties of pears used in America and are best used for baking.
3. Anjous Pear
Anjou pears have a juicy but firm flesh. These pears have smooth green skin and are best eaten raw.
4. Forelle Pear
Smaller in size with an oval shape, Forelle pears are sweet and delicate and another great variety to eat raw.
Health Benefits of Baked Pears
So it’s pretty awesome that you feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast with this recipe, but it’s even better knowing that it’s actually healthy for you too!
Pears are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Therefore, when made into a dessert.
Whole baked pears are fat-free, cholesterol-free, and only about 100 calories so they are a great low-calorie food that packs a ton of health benefits.
Consuming enough fruits and veggies daily supports weight loss, improves heart health and can help to prevent cancer as well.
Adding the nuts and yogurt gives this dish a calcium and protein boost with a touch of healthy fats, making this a perfectly balanced meal!
How to Pick and Store Your Pears
When shopping for pears, the easiest way to see if they are ripe is to press your thumb at the top where the stem meets the skin (this is called the neck).
If it gives to the pressure, it is ripe.
If the pear has soft spots anywhere else, it is probably overripe and not great for eating raw, but can still be used for soups, smoothies, sauces, jams or jellies.
Pears ripen at room temperature, so if you purchase them ripe they are best used right away or you can store them in the fridge to slow down the ripening process.
If you buy them before they are ripe, let them sit at room temperature and continue to check to see when they are ready to use.
How to Serve These Whole Baked Pears
I like to top oven roasted spiced pears with:
- Yogurt (dairy-free for a vegan option, or full fat for a creamier texture)
- Honey (use maple syrup for vegan option)
- Cinnamon spice
Besides these topping to stuff whole baked pear, you can add any toppings that you like.
Some other toppings that go really well over the baked pears are
- Almond butter
- Cacao nibs
- Chocolate chips
- Other nuts you like
The sky’s the limit!
Additionally, you can serve these whole baked pear with honey and walnuts for breakfast, as a healthy snack, or even for an easy gluten-free dessert.
They look fancy, but they are so quick and easy to make, so they’re perfect for any occasion.
What’s your favorite topping for baked pears? Leave a comment below!
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