By admin | January 5, 2012

Photo: Alice Carrier

With all this talk of eating healthier in the New Year, one thing we might be reluctant to give up is dessert! But if eaten in moderation and made with healthier alternatives, dessert can still be within reach.

Keeping in mind to eat seasonally, we’re featuring a great healthy recipe using pears which are currently in season. We substituted the butter for soy butter and added pecans for an extra crunch.This healthy crisp recipe won’t leave you with any guilt and will satisfy that sweet tooth. But remember, only in moderation!

Healthy Pear Crisp Recipe

Adapted from Care2


2/3 cup flour
4 tablespoons soy butter, softened
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
handful of roughly chopped pecans
pinch salt

Pear Filling
6 large pears, such as Bosc or Bartlett, cored and cut into 1-inch long by 1/2-inch thick pieces
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. In a food processor, combine the flour, butter, oats, brown sugar, pecans, and salt. Pulse until the mixture starts to hold together, then set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix pears, lemon juice, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch; toss to combine.
  3. Pour pear mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish or 6 individual ramekins. Cover with topping. Turn oven down to 325F and bake the crisp until the top is golden brown and the pears are tender, 70 to 80 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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