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Nutty Stuffed Pears

 Photo by Lauren Kirchmaier

Photo by Lauren Kirchmaier

We'll be the first to admit that pears are, frankly, misunderstood and under appreciated. Luckily, this delicious nutty stuffed pear recipe by Lauren of Flora & Vino (@flora_and_vino) is here to inspire new ways to love pears! Baked with spiced nut butter filling, these can be enjoyed as a protein packed breakfast, dessert, or snack. They're perfect as is, or served with oatmeal, yogurt, or ice cream (our personal favorite). Happy cooking!  

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Imperfect pears
  • ¼ c nut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 
  • ⅓ c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup + more for topping
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon + more for topping
  • ¼ cup granola (for topping)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wash and dry 3-4 pears, halve, and scoop out the seeds and core with a cookie scoop and place cut side up on the baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the nut butter, protein powder, almond milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
  • Divide the mixture between the pears and fill each hollowed center with a big spoonful.
  • Top with 1 Tbsp your favorite granola, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until the pears are very tender and gooey.
  • Allow to cool slightly, then serve immediately.Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. 

Recipe Variations: 

This recipe works well with Bosc pears, but you should try out he pears that you have on hand to see what you like best! Experiment with your favorite crunchy toppings like coconut flakes, nuts, or chia seeds!