Paleo Baked Pears

From www.foodfanatic.com, by Gina Matsoukas
Paleo Baked Pears

Paleo Baked Pears Photo

There was a time at the ripe old age of 25 that I sat in my living room in our house in Florida with a holiday edition of some decorating magazine in my hands and cried to Ulysses how I missed the change of seasons in New York and wanted to move back. Eight years (and eight looooong NY winters) later, I truly wish I could slap myself in the face for that outburst of idiocy. I wish life came with do-overs because that is one of the few things I’d rewind to and change.

Paleo Baked Pears Picture

It’s true, fall is one of my favorite times in NY, but what I’ve realized now is that a short 2.5-hour plane ride could’ve given me my fix of apple cider donuts, pies, apple picking, pumpkin patches, foliage, and everything else fall is about for a week or two, and then I could’ve flown myself back to my pool, 80-something degree weather, and palm trees instead of hibernating for the next 5 months.

Paleo Baked Pears Image

Everyone thinks of apples when they think of fall, but aside from the occasional Honeycrisp, I’m really not a huge apple person. I don’t hate them, but I just don’t have any special affinity towards them either. I’d rather eat a pear (this granola pear bread being one of my favorite fall treats).

Paleo Baked Pears Pic

In thinking of fall desserts to share, I realized pear pie isn’t a thing you hear of too often. Why is that? We have fruit pies of literally every other kind but never pears it seems. Weird, right? Well, I didn’t solve that oddity today but I did bake them, stuff them, and drizzle them with all sorts of deliciousness that makes me think maybe moving back to NY wasn’t so bad after all… for like 5 seconds before my brain goes all Game of Thrones and screams, “WINTER IS COMING!”

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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe pears, such as bosc
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey, divided, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup plain coconut milk yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice pears in half lengthwise and hollow out the centers, including the seeds, with a melon baller or spoon. I also cut a small slice off the opposite side so that the pears lay flat on the baking sheet.
  3. Place pears on a baking sheet with the hollowed-out side up. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the honey and season with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove pears from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  5. While cooling, mix together the coconut sugar, chopped pecans, and remaining 1/2 tablespoon of honey in a small bowl.
  6. Mix the coconut milk yogurt and vanilla bean paste together in another small bowl.
  7. Fill the centers of the pears with the yogurt mixture then top with the pecan mixture.
  8. Drizzle with more honey if desired and serve warm.

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