Baked and Honeyed Pears

Pears are naturally crisp and sweet right off the tree and enjoyable just by themselves. Pears also offer a number of health benefits. When paired with food like honey, cinnamon and yogurt, the health benefits are magnified even more. This baked and honeyed pears recipe is not only quick to make, but is a terrific dessert or even afternoon or late-night snack.

Pears Loaded with Vitamins, Minerals & Fiber

Some of the most notable health benefits related to their nutritional value as they are packed with vitamins and minerals. Key nutrients found in pears include vitamins like vitamin A, C and K as well as several B-complex items and minerals like potassium, magnesium, copper and manganese, They are also a good source of dietary fiber, making ideal for aiding in someone’s digestion. The fiber also makes them a filling food, so they are ideal to include in many weight-loss regimens.

Other perceived health benefits of pears include the fact that they are a good source of antioxidants and can help combat certain ailments and afflictions and act as an immunity boost. The high copper content in pears makes them a terrific choice for those suffering from anemia. The nutrients in pears are also to known to have certain cancer-fighting capabilities and can help prevent certain cardiovascular diseases through improvements in red blood cell counts and circulation.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Anjou pears, sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup granola

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F and prepare a baking sheet. Scoop out pear seeds from each pear half with a melon baller.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon. Heat in the microwave for 20 seconds until runny. Use a pastry brush to brush the tops of the pear halves and place each half an inch apart on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve pears on a bed of Greek yogurt and garnished with granola.

SERVES: 2

Total time: 30 minutes Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes

NUTRITION INFORMATION:   Calories: 127       Fat: 1g          Carbs: 28g           Protein: 4g

Note: Although most pears look the same, there are many different types available at your local grocery store or farmers’ market. Some of the most readily available types of pears include Anjou, Bosc, Royal Riviera and Bartlett. Some less common and varieties include Seckel, Forelle, Comice, Starkrimson and Concorde.  The crispness and sweetness vary by type of pear. For example, Bosc and Seckel pears are very crisp when fresh while Bartlett and Anjou pears are softer, which makes them juicier. Most pear varieties have a moderate level of sweetness; however, some type like Bartlett, Comice and Concorde are very sweet. For this recipe, since we’re using honey, we’ve chosen to use Anjou pears, which have a middle-of-the-road sweetness level.