Sweet Roasted Pears

Well, winter is finally here; along with many New Years resolutions to banish sugar and processed foods. In other words, these cold, short days have arrived just in time to make you crave exactly what you're trying to quit! Fortunately, there are plenty of healthy, whole foods to satisfy your hankering for something sweet and warm! 

I saw these gorgeous mini pears in Whole Foods and had to get them, even though I didn't know what I was going to prepare. Does anyone else buy food just because it looks pretty?! Once I got home, I decided to turn on the oven and turn these beauties into a delicious and healthy dessert.

I can't guarantee this recipe will get you off your couch but my recommendation is to invite some ease into your week and savor these on a cold night  snuggled up on the couch. These are absolutely divine and will be my "go-to" winter dessert.  


Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

4 mini pears (I used Seckel; although, you can use any variety)
Coconut oil (just enough to lightly grease your pan)
1 can chilled coconut milk
Drizzle of honey, to taste
Few dashes of cinnamon, to taste

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cut pears in half. Using a spoon or small paring knife, cut out the seeds. 
Lightly grease pan or baking dish with coconut oil. Place pears cut-side down in pan/dish. Lightly drizzle with honey.
Roast pears for 30-40 minutes (this can vary depending on size). Pears should become tender at the thickest part. 
Remove from oven, place pears cut-side up on plate.
Add 1/2 T of chilled coconut milk (the creamy part) into the core of each pair, sprinkle with cinnamon, and drizzle additional honey to taste. Serve warm and enjoy. 

Note: This recipe is SO easy to substitute and prepare. Coconut milk can be substituted with any type of cream or milk,  maple syrup can be used in place of honey, and a variety of pears can be used. Use whatever is already in your kitchen so you can whip this up today! 


Cecilia Shanahan