Healthy Baked Pears Dessert

Recipe: Baked Pears with Dried Cranberries, Granola and Frozen Yogurt

Summary: Baked fruit is a healthy dessert staple. Almost every home cook has a simple baked fruit dessert recipe in their arsenal because they’re easy and delicious. But you don’t have to serve grandma’s baked apples with brown sugar. Try these baked pears topped with dried cranberries and granola, served with frozen yogurt for a quick dessert that’s uniquely decadent and surprisingly healthy.


  • 2 Bosc pears
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 tsp. raw cane sugar
  • 4 tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 4 tbsp. granola
  • 4 oz. frozen yogurt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Fill a large saucepan with cold water from the tap. Heat the water over high heat on the stovetop until boiling. Meanwhile, cut a shallow X on either end of each pair with a paring knife to help you peel the pears.
  3. Place the whole pears in the boiling water and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the pears for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the apple juice and raw cane sugar in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. Remove the pears from the boiling water and place them in a large bowl of ice water. Use your fingers or the tip of a paring knife to peel the skin from each pair, keeping the pears submerged in the ice water as you peel. Pat the pears dry with paper towels.
  5. Slice the pears in half lengthwise. Scoop the center portion of the pear out with a melon baller.
  6. Place the pears in the bottom of a shallow baking dish and pour the apple juice around the pears. Bake the pears in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Transfer the pears to individual serving platters or a large serving platter. Top the pears with the dried cranberries and granola. Serve the pears immediately while hot with the frozen yogurt on the side.

Quick notes

Benefits: Bosc pears are rich in antioxidants and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Pears have also been linked to a potential reduction in insulin resistance in people who have type 2 diabetes.

Tips: You can boil remove the skin from the pears up to 12 hours before you bake the pears if necessary. To store the peeled pears, put them in a clean container and coat them with lemon juice to keep them from discoloring. Pat the pears dry before baking them.

Carbs per serving: 31.1g
Fiber per serving: 3.1g

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 163

Fat: 3.3

Protein: 2.2

My rating 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)

By Valerie Forte
Published: September 07,2012