Maple-Baked Pears with Chocolate Crumble + Coconut Cream

Vegan, gluten-free, maple-baked pears with a chocolaty crumble

Posted on November 16, 2017

This post originally appeared on With Food + Love. It has been edited for clarity.

Pear desserts are tops in my book. And maple baked pears paired with chocolate is the tops tops.

This month I’m working with Pure Organic’s Ancient Grains Bars. And true to Pure Organic standards, these bars are certified organic, non-GMO project verified, vegan, gluten free, kosher, and made to deliver balanced nutrition using whole food ingredients. I love them.

I love them whole as a snack, and I love them chopped up in recipes for an awesome crunch without any fuss. Thanks to Pure Organic, these maple-baked pears don’t need a food processor or a bunch of mixing bowls and measuring cups: just pears, maple syrup, oil, a little salt and Chocolate Chunk Nut Ancient Grain Bars. Oh, and coconut cream. My favorite recipes for this are vanilla ginger coconut cream and earl grey coconut cream. You could also use regular whipped cream or vanilla ice cream in its place. Anything rich and creamy will do just fine.

Here’s the recipe:

Maple-Baked Pears with a Chocolaty Crumble + Coconut Cream

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 8 servings

Any pear variety will work as long as they are very ripe, the riper the better so they’ll roast quicker and be more tender. My favorite coconut creams are this Vanilla Ginger or this Earl Grey option. Both would be delicious in this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 pears {see notes}
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 Pure Organic Chocolate Chunk Nut Ancient Grains Bars
  • coconut cream {see notes}

 

Instructions:

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. 2. Wash, pat dry and slice the pears in half. Squeeze the lemon juice on their insides and scoop out their core. Place them in a baking pan and set aside.
  3. 3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Pour the mixture over the pears and place the pears in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the pears or tender and the juices are bubbling.
  4. 4. Meanwhile chop the Ancient Grains Bars up into tiny pieces. This will be the crumble.
  5. 5. Pull the pears out of the oven and sprinkle half the crumble over the top and bake for 5 minutes more.
  6. 6. Top each pear with some coconut cream and sprinkle the remaining crumble on top. Serve right away and warm.

 

For another one of my recipes, check out these salty, fruit oat breakfast cookies.

 

- Sherrie Castellano