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4 Perfect Pear Recipes

4 Perfect Pear Recipes

“Gift of the Gods” is what Homer, the famous author of the Odyssey, called pears in 800 B.C. Thousands of years later, there are many (including me) who would agree.

My gift to you? These four yummy pear recipes!

Did you know?

  • Pears have more nutrients per calorie than calories per nutrient (surprising since they are so sweet). They are what I call a Smart Carb.
  • Pears are often considered a hypoallergenic fruit that is less likely to produce an adverse response than other fruits by healthcare practitioners.
  • Pears are often the first fruit fed to infants as a safe way to start.
  • For diabetics pears have a low glycemic index (GI) of just 38.
  • Pears are one of the fruits that can improve blood glucose levels, help with weight-loss and improve concentration. For this reason I use them in my Lifestyle Makeovers.
  • Pears ripen best off the tree.

“After years of study, scientists have found that a really juicy pear is best eaten while naked, in the bathtub, so that you needn’t be concerned about the abundant juice streaming down your chin,” laughed David Sugar, Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in Central Point.

4 Great recipes to get pears into your diet.

Note: All of my recipes here and on my site are Gluten Free, Vegan, Sugar Free and balanced for Acid/alkaline

 

 

Pear Upside Down Cake: Vegan Gluten Free

Dairy & egg free

Pears grow in Edmonton (northern Canada) where I live! They are small but tasty and juicy. I therefore get to make this very yummy gluten free cake made with healthy ingredients.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1 tsp molasses

Mix together the next 4 ingredients for a gluten free flour mix:

1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato flour
1/2 cup flax meal
1/4 cup white rice flour
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water
2 cups sliced pears for bottom
1 tsp arrowroot
3 tsp fresh ginger grated

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Oil cake pan.
3. Slice 2 cups of pears.
4. Arrange pears into bottom of cake pan.
5. Sprinkle pears with arrowroot.
6. Sprinkle ginger over the pears.
7. Mix vegetable oil, rice syrup and molasses.
8. Add 1 cup of gluten free flour, mix in well.
9. Add 1/3 cup water, mix in well.
10. Add 1 cup of gluten free flour, mix in well.
11. Add 1/3 cup water, mix in well.
12. Add 1/4 cup of gluten free flour, baking powder and salt.
13. Mix in well and quickly.
14. Immediately pour batter into cake pan on top of the pear mixture.
15. Spread the batter evenly over the pears.
16. Bake at 350º F in oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
17. Leave cake in pan for 5 minutes on a cooling rack; it is too light and fragile to turn over. Once it cools a bit it will become firmer and easier to turn over.
18. Gently turn cake over onto a cooling rack. (Loosen the edges of the cake with a knife first.) It is important to get it out of the pan because the pears on the bottom will cause the cake to be soggy if you do not.

Learn about the 9 Healthy Gluten Free Flours

You can also check out my “Winter is Coming’ – Free Diet, Detox and Strengthening Webinar

Pear Hazelnut Crumble

In the fall I picked so many pears from a friends tree that I had get creative and this is one very yummy result.

Base

Ingredients:
5 cups pears

Directions:
1. Core and slice pears.
2. Place pears in a baking dish.

Crumble Topping

Ingredients:

3/4 cup brown rice flour
2 cup oatmeal flakes*
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup oil or coconut oil
1/4 cup rice syrup
1/2 tsp Stevia in 2 Tbsp water
1/2 cup hazel nuts, chopped

Directions:

1. Mix oil, rice syrup and stevia/water together in a bowl.
2. Add brown rice flour and salt to wet mixture.
3. Mix in well.
4. Add oatmeal and mix in well.
5. Mix thoroughly with fingers.
6. Sprinkle on top of fruit.
7. Sprinkle the chopped hazelnuts on top.
8. Pat down firmly.
9. Bake at 350º F. oven for approximately 40 minutes.

* Not all people who need to be gluten free have a problem with oats. For those that do there is a gluten free oatmeal available.

Pears are Powerfoods! To keep them tasty, make sure the stevia is the non bitter kind.

Cinnamon Pear Apple Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

1 small Pear
1 small Apple
1/2- 1 tsp Cinnamon
1/ 2 Tbsp Walnuts* soaked
1 Tbsp plain yogurt (Optional and can be soy, coconut)

Directions:

  1. Chop fruit and walnuts (if using walnuts)
  2. Mix together.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Add a spoonful of yogurt on top.

* For variety use pumpkin seeds, soaked.

Alkaline Nutritional Tip: Did you know that pears and apples are in the highest alkalizing category?
Blood Sugar Tip: Cinnamon is know for balancing your blood sugars.

Note: This recipe is specific for our Weight Loss Training. Check it out!

 

Pear Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 pear
2 leaves of kale
1/4 cup soaked pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup water

Directions:

  1. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add as much water as you need if you want to drink it or leave it as it is and eat with a spoon.

Learn more about pumpkin seeds by clicking here: Pumpkin Seeds Are Alkalizing

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

93 comments

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1:03AM PST on Nov 4, 2013

Thank you :)

6:25PM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

Wonderful article! Who knew pears had so many beneficial effects?! The recipes sound delicious !

5:50AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

thanks

3:48PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

yum yum and yum

4:08PM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Really perfect recipes, tasty and healthy.

3:23PM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

Thanks - I love pears.

2:30AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thanks

9:09PM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

Nice article - thank you

2:59PM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

thanks-sounds delicious

1:54PM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

thanks for sharing

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