Pears are the unsung heroes of the fall. It’s all pumpkin spice this and caramel apple that, but pears…pears deserve a little recognition too. Recognition for being sweet, simple, and playing well with others.
Here is a delicious way to enjoy fresh pears this season: a simple pear crisp.
I feel like calling this crisp healthy is perhaps a bit far-fetched, but these certainly are healthier, with less sugar than most normal crisps and use of whole wheat flour and oats. Pears do have quite a few health benefits including being high in fiber, containing vitamins, folate, and antioxidants.
It’s simple goodness. So run out to a farm stand, farmers market, or your local grocery and sink your teeth into a sweet pear this fall. Just be sure to save some for this simple pear crisp too.
- 4 cups sliced and peeled pears (about 4-5 pears)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup white whole wheat flour
- ⅓ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 Tablespoons slivered almonds optional
- 3 Tablespoons melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350.
- De-core, peel, and slice pears.
- Place pears in greased 8x8 pan. Top with vanilla and gently stir to coat pears.
- Combine flour, oats, sugar, salt, cinnamon and almonds if desired. Stir in melted butter to form crumb mixture.
- Top pears with crumbly goodness and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
- Serve warm to those you love with a dollop of whip cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
P.S. If you want to make this crisp recipe with apples, just switch out the pears for apples and add 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.
Hope you are enjoying this first week of October! I think October could be my favorite month of the year. But maybe May…or December…either way it is right up there in the top three! Cozy recipes like this crisp are perfect for cooler days. If you want more pear goodness check out my easy pear butter–you make it in the slow cooker! And for more warm fall comfort food you’ve got to make my healthy potato soup or these AMAZING pumpkin chip cookies or these healthy pumpkin bars!
If your mouth is watering right now I apologize. #sorrynotsorry Hope you have a great Monday! Start this week with intention and a scoop of my simple pear crisp.
If you make this recipe you might need:
A Pretty Pie Dish for your crisp!
Cloth Napkins, both rustic and elegant.
Best paring knife! (And so inexpensive!!)