Baked Pears With Walnuts and Chocolate (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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Fall is my favourite time of the year, and so are pears 🙂 There is just something about a baked pear, it is juicy and citrusy entirely different from an apple. I have baked these pears with buttery walnut and chocolate topping adding crunch to this easy, healthy gluten-free dessert. This vegan dessert is best when it is warm…or not, both are equally delicious. I like to serve these tasty baked pears with coconut cream or ice cream as a dessert, but, if I have any baked pears left over, I serve them for breakfast with coconut yogurt or a late afternoon snack. YUM!

Ingredients

  • 2 pears, Anjou, Bartlett, or Bosc, halved and cored (I used a melon baller to core the pear). The pear should be ripe but still fairly firm, hard green pears will not work in this recipe
  • 2 Tbsp. Vegan butter, I used soy-free earth balance, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup GF vegan small chocolate chunks or GF vegan mini chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp. Sweetener, I used coconut sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. GF ground nutmeg
  • Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F and line a small rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Using a sharp knife slice a thin layer off the back of the pears. This will allow the pears to sit on the baking sheet without falling over. Place pears on the baking sheet core side up. Spread a thin layer (about 1 tablespoon) of vegan butter over the pears and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes
  • For the topping; In a small bowl, using a fork combine almond flour, walnuts, chocolate, sugar, nutmeg and 1 tablespoon of butter, until it resembles a crumble mixture
  • Remove pears from the oven and spoon the walnut mixture evenly in the center of each pear half. Return back to the oven and bake until the pears are soft about 10 - 15 more minutes
  • Serve warm


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