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Pear Crisp from Elana's Pantry Recipe


Pear Crisp

Looking for a healthy yet tasty dessert? Look no further. With nutrient-dense almond flour and pears, a fruit particularly high in vitamin C, this dish is a great choice. This refreshing crisp is simple, easy to make, and full of warmth and comfort on a chilly fall day. I like to make it with soft, fully ripened pears—Anjou, Bartlett, or Bosc work very well.

Adapted from "The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook" by Elana Amsterdam.


For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 5 medium pears, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4-inch thick

For the topping:

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


For the filling:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Set aside an 8-inch square baking dish.

Whisk together the apple juice, lemon juice, arrowroot powder, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Place the pears in a bowl, toss with the apple juice mixture, then transfer to the baking dish.

For the topping:

Combine the almond flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the grapeseed oil, agave nectar, and vanilla extract. Stir the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture, until coarsely blended and crumbly.

Sprinkle the topping over the fruit and cover the dish with aluminum foil.

Bake for 45 minutes in the oven. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until the top of the crisp is golden brown and the juices are bubbling. Let the crisp cool for 30 minutes, then serve warm.