These healthier Baked Maple Cinnamon Stuffed Pears feature beautiful seasonal bosc pears and can be made with 8 easy ingredients. Plus, this PEAR-fect dessert recipe also happens to be vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, & refined sugar-free too!
I like to think of these pears as a parfait...but ten times better. Like a parfait, these baked bosc pears have multiple layers of flavor that keep getting better.
This recipe only calls for 8 ingredients making it super simple to make!
- Some really good maple syrup, like Coombs Family Farms Maple Syrup.
- Delicious Organic Cinnamon & Nutmeg for that perfect kick of spice.
- Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats for that perfect crispy stuffing.
- Coconut Cream to whip into the perfect topping!
- Heilala Vanilla Bean Paste . Extra also works!
- Chopped Pecans for that nutty crunch.
- Lastly.. the perfect dish to bake everything in!
How to make healthy baked pears
On the bottom is the pear that gets baked until it is soft and easily pierceable with a knife. Then comes the Maple Cinnamon Granola. This is a mixture of gluten-free oats, cinnamon, maple syrup, salt, and vanilla. After that, you'll definitely want to top the pears with some high-quality maple syrup.
While these pears take 40-50 minutes to bake, they're super easy to assemble and the prep time takes only 5-10 minutes.
As a final touch, I recommend topping these pears with some decadent vegan coconut whipped cream. I always follow Minimalist Baker's tried and true recipe for coconut whipped cream. You can add a little maple syrup in place of powdered sugar to keep this refined sugar-free, though it won't be quite as thick.
FAQ & Substitutions:
The type of pear you use in this recipe really does matter. For this recipe, you want to use pears that will hold their shape while baking. I 100% recommend bosc pears for this recipe since they are crisp and do not fall apart while baking. If you can't find bosc pears, some other varieties that may work include anjou and concorde pears.
For reference, if you are making a sauce or say a Vegan Pear Pizza, you'll want to use pears that fall apart and lose their crisp texture while baking such as bartlett pears. Those are the pear varieties you want to avoid in this recipe.
I haven't tried it, but I find the maple syrup is really necessary to coat the oats and spices so they mix well together and crisp up while baking. You could try using a date syrup or even honey if you are not vegan!
While you can store these maple baked pears as leftovers, they honestly are best the day of when they are warm and right out of the oven.
Baked pears will keep in a closed container in the fridge for 1-2 days if needed. If you are storing them in the fridge, remove the whipped cream or do not put it on top as it will make the pears and granola soggy if left to sit too long.
Between these Vegan & Gluten-Free Baked Maple Cinnamon Stuffed Pears & my recent Vegan Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake, I am setting you all up to enjoy some good months of baking ahead.
Enjoy these healthy cinnamon baked pears!
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Baked Maple Cinnamon Stuffed Pears
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Slice your pears in half and scoop the seeds from the center to leave space for the filling. Cut off a tiny slice of the pear bottom so that the pears lie flat.
- Next, add your gluten-free oats, maple syrup, chopped pecans, vanilla, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Stuff the filling into the pears until you use all the stuffing. The stuffing will be piled high.
- Next, place the stuffed pears into a greased ceramic or glass baking dish of any size. Add to the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes until the pears are soft and the topping has crisped.
- Remove the stuffed pears from the tray and let cool. For an extra touch, top with vanilla coconut whipped cream or vegan ice cream with a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy!
- For this recipe, you want to use pears that will hold their shape while baking. I 100% recommend bosc pears for this recipe since they are crisp and do not fall apart while baking. If you can't find bosc pears, some other varieties that may work include anjou and concorde pears.
- Pears will keep in a closed container in the fridge for 1-2 days but are best enjoyed the day of. If you are storing them in the fridge, remove the whipped cream or do not put it on top as it will make the pears soggy faster.
- As a final touch, I recommend topping these pears with some decadent vegan coconut whipped cream. I always follow Minimalist Baker's tried and true recipe for coconut whipped cream.