Sweet baked pears with maple syrup and walnuts will delight your taste buds! This recipe is gluten-free and easy to make.
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Ripe pears are so underrated. They're a versatile fruit that tastes delicious when baked. These sweet baked pears with maple syrup and walnuts take 30 minutes to make and only require one pan. This recipe is great for food allergies because it's gluten-free AND vegan. There are no added sugars like white sugar or brown sugar, either and the recipe is made with whole, real ingredients. How easy is that?
If you're looking for more healthy dessert recipes like my favorite fall dessert, try my homemade vegan baked apple slices and my 3 ingredient strawberry frozen yogurt.
- Maple Syrup: Use any kind of maple syrup you like. I like to use real maple syrup for this simple dessert.
- Ripe Pears: I use the pears that are on sale at the grocery store. Any pear variety will work. Just use your favorite pears or a variety of pears. Make sure the pears are peeled and they are cut into pear halves. In a pinch, you can use canned pears.
- Spices: ground cardamom, ground ginger, and sea salt make the roasted pears shine and give the healthy dessert so much flavor.
- Orange juice: use fresh orange juice.
- Orange zest: a little orange zest enhances the orange flavor in the roasted pears.
- Vanilla Ice cream: serve these cinnamon-baked pears with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, greek yogurt, or plain yogurt.
- Walnuts: the walnuts baked with the pears give a nice subtle crunch.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Serve Roasted Pears
Serve roasted pears on top of greek yogurt, with a scoop of ice cream, or alone. The warm pears are also delicious on bowls of oatmeal, grits, or on a dessert board.
- Flip the pears in the pan halfway through baking. The baking pears will then be evenly flavored with maple syrup sauce.
- The baking dish is crucial to making this recipe. Use a deep baking dish like a cake pan or dutch oven for best results with this baked pear recipe.
- Get creative with the baked fruit. Try other fruits like plums, peaches, and apples with this recipe instead of pears.
- Replace the orange juice with lemon juice for a less sweet recipe.
- Optional toppings: greek yogurt, caramel sauce, ice cream, and more walnuts.
Store the baked pears in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Eat cold or reheat in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Baked Pears with Maple Syrup and Walnuts
- 3 pears peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup walnuts chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Lay the pears flat side up in a baking dish.
- In a bowl, mix together maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, ground cinnamon, ground cardamom, salt, and vanilla extract.
- Pour the liquid mixture over the pears. Top with walnuts
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes and take out and flip the pears over. Bake for 15 more minutes.
- Let the pears cool for 10 minutes before enjoying them.
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