With the Wheatless Kitchen‘s recipe you can have fruit for dessert and barely even notice. Pears are sweet, low in fat and useful in meals ranging from sweet to savory. Sprinkle on some nuts for added crunch and you’ll have a satisfying dessert you can feel good about.
Roasting enhances their flavor and softens their flesh; it’s also an excellent way to serve an overripe pear that would have an otherwise unappetizing texture. Soft, tender baked pears is coated with cinnamon, honey and buttery goodness. The high dietary fiber content helps keep you full and may decrease your risk of heart disease. Pears are also rich in potassium, which helps keep your nervous system functioning properly, and vitamin C, which boosts your immune system and aids in tissue repair.
- 3 medium pears
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons butter (vegan if desired)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Peel the pears with a vegetable peeler to remove the skin. Cut the ends off, then cut the pears in half. With a spoon, gently scoop out the core and seeds using a circular motion. Place the pears face down in a 9×13-inch glass dish or large baking sheet.
- In a small saucepan, combine the honey, butter, cinnamon and vanilla. Warm the sauce over low-medium heat, stirring until the butter is melted and ingredients are combined. Carefully spoon the sauce over the pears, reserving some of the sauce for later.
- Bake the pears for 30-35 minutes, until slightly soft and beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes before serving. Spoon a small amount of the leftover sauce over the pears when serving.