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Healthy Pear Crisp for One

Healthy Pear Crisp for One

I have been so wrapped up in pumpkin season, that I put apples and pears on the back burner. But lest we forget about pears! They are sweet, floral and juicy and each variety has something special and different about it. They tend to be far sweeter when ripe than apples. And that makes pear a perfect choice for this single serve dessert (or breakfast!): Healthy Pear Crisp for One.

a ripe bartlett pear
A ripe Bartlett pear turns almost yellow when its ready!

I love apples, but I think I love pears more. For years, I thought I didn’t like pears at all. I thought they were starchy, grainy apples that were lacking in flavor. But, then I learned that each variety of pear has a different way to tell if its ripe yet. And that the Bartlett pears that I thought were flavorless were just under ripe. Alas, it was user error.

A ramekin with pear crisp about to go into the oven
Pack the streusel down just a bit so it will stick together and so the maximum amount of streusel will fit onto the crisp.

Once I started allowing my pears to ripen, I was a pear convert. Specifically Bartlett Pears, when ripe, have almost as much juice as a nice peach. And in a Fall fruit, thats incredibly unique. They have a sweet, floral flavor and thin skin making them perfect for snacking. That sweet floral flavor also makes them a perfect choice for a healthier dessert.

Choosing the Right Pear

I chose a Bartlett Pear for this recipe, but Anjou or Bosc would be great, too! And these three varieties also happen to be the most accessible. So, use your favorite. But make sure its ripe. This dessert heavily relies of the sweetness of the pear.

Baked pear crisp in a ramekin with small red and green pears in the background
A freshly baked, warm and delicious pear crisp.

Pear Crisp for Breakfast or Dessert

This crisp tastes indulgent enough to have for dessert, but in reality would be a perfect weekend breakfast! There is no refined sugar, no oil and has plenty of whole grains and fresh fruit. For breakfast, I like to top it with a little bit of my favorite So Delicious Coconut Yogurt.

Spoon with a bite of Healthy Pear Crisp on it with a white ramekin and small pears in the background
The perfect streusel to pear filling ratio!

This Healthy Pear Crisp for One is the perfect single serving Autumn dessert. It tastes indulgent with its cinnamon oat streusel and pear filling. But the sweetness of the pear is really able to carry this dish with just a touch of maple syrup added to it.

Healthy Pear Crisp for One

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Serving

Ingredients
  

For the Pear Filling

  • 1 Medium Ripe Bartlett Pear
  • 1 1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon

For the Oat Topping

  • 1/3 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Tbsp Nut Butter of Choice peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.
  • 1 1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350* F
  • Peel, core and dice the pear into 1/2 inch cubes. Place into a small bowl.
  • Into the pears, add 1 1/2 tsp maple syrup, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, cornstarch and lemon juice. Stir together gently with a spoon.
  • Transfer pear mixture into an 8 oz ramekin or similar sized oven safe vessel.
  • Into the same bowl that the pears were mixed in, mix the oat topping.
  • Combine oats, nut butter, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1 1/2 tsp maple syrup and stir with a spoon until the mixture is well combines.
  • Add the oat mixture on top of the pear mixture. Its okay if the oat topping domes over the top. Gently press oat mixture with the palm of your hand so that it sticks together atop the pears.
  • Place ramekin on top of a baking sheet and bake in a 350* F oven for 30 minutes. The top should be golden brown and the pears should be bubbling.
  • Serve warm.
Keyword breakfast, dessert, Healthy Dessert, Pear, Pear Crisp

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