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Cinnamon & Ginger Baked Pears

What if I told you that you could eat dessert for breakfast? And what if I told you that this breakfast dessert was actually healthier than a lot of breakfast foods? When you think ‘dessert for breakfast‘ you may be thinking about chocolate croissants (my favorite type of dessert for breakfast) or cinnamon rolls or even Costco muffins (no one can resist those gooey delicious insides, even though they come in at a whopping 617 calories!). But no, today I present you with a great, healthy, no sugar added dessert (or breakfast) recipe:

Cinnamon & Ginger Baked Pears

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: A partridge in a pear tree…

Wait, what? If Matt brought home a partridge in a pear tree for me on Christmas, I might be wondering what is wrong with him. Also, neither of us have green thumbs so that pear tree would probably be dead within a week and we’d be left with a partridge. But it’s a Christmas carol that we’ve all been singing since we were little!

What does it really mean and what do pears have to do with Christmas? 

There is no confirmed origin to this song, but many claim that is was a song for young Catholics in England in the 17th and 18th century.  It had a hidden meaning known only to members of the church. Each element in the carol was a code word, a ‘partridge in a pear tree’ was code for Jesus Christ.

Ever since this time, pears have been associated with Christmas. Have you ever received wrapped pears as a Christmas gift? I did in college, a present from my family. They were delicious! They make for the perfect hostess gift if you are headed to friends or family this year, you can find them at most stores (I saw them at Trader Joe’s yesterday!).

They also happen to be in season during the late fall and early winter, which makes them the perfect ingredient to use in your dishes this time of year. So grab a few and try this recipe out!


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Cinnamon & Ginger Baked Pears
Cinnamon Ginger Baked Pears
Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Cinnamon Ginger Baked Pears
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Slice pears in half, remove the pit. Place open side up on a parchment sheet.
  2. Generously sprinkle cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg over the pears, the more the better!
  3. Coat the top of each pear with melted butter.
  4. Cook for approximately 25 minutes, and then turn on the broiler for few minutes to turn them a crispy golden brown on top. Keep an eye on them, they turn from great to burnt within minutes!
Recipe Notes

For dessert: I loved these with just a simple coconut cream topping- just take the hardened coconut milk off the top of a can of full fat coconut milk (Thai Kitchen is consistently the best for this recipe), a little vanilla extract, and a little brown sugar, and blend with a hand mixer until it turns to a slightly “whipped” consistency. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve, delicious by the spoonful.

For breakfast: Serve with yogurt and/or granola!

Cinnamon & Ginger Baked Pears are dairy & gluten free, vegan & vegetarian, Paleo & Whole30 compliant. 

Nutrition facts per serving: 147 calories, 7.4.g of fat, 4.6g of saturated fat, 15mg of cholesterol, 44mg of sodium, 186mg of potassium, 22.3 of carb, 6.1g of fiber, 11.4g of sugar, 1g of protein. 55mg of Calcium,1mg of Iron.



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