Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone!
How is your holiday so far?
My day has consisted of a little dancing to Christmas music a day early, a lot of time scampering around the kitchen with the oven on, and a TON of sighing when I receive ANOTHER Black Friday email. (Note to self: Do a Digital Minimalism Detox…see text below!)
If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen your fair share of stuffed veggies scrolling across your Instagram feed in the past week, but how about stuffed fruits?
These Nutty Stuffed Pears are baked to perfection and stuffed with an irresistable spiced nut-butter filling.
They’d be the perfect light dessert after all of the good food we’re going to enjoy tomorrow!
Are you a pear person?
I can’t say that I really am.
It’s not that I don’t like them, I’m just forever seeking the perfect pear.
You know, like the ones in the photos below, with the perfect balance of tender and crisp, pearly white bruise-free interiors, and beautiful blemish-free skins.
My problem with pears is that they go from rock solid to bruised and battered overnight without so much as a hello.
Then I discovered the Bosc pear.
They’re my preferred pear now because I’ve found them to be a bit heartier and hold up well while baking.
If you’re following me on Instagram, you might have seen me post about the 30-Day Minimalist Challenge that I’m currently running for the month of November.
This is my third time participating and it amazes and horrifies me how I still have so much…stuff.
It’s on my mind because as I’m writing this post I realized that I haven’t done my challenge for the day!
Today is Day 22, so I will be donating/recycling/trashing/giving away 22 items.
If you’re an aspiring minimalist, or if you just want to gain a little more space (both mentally and physically!) I highly recommend trying out the challenge for yourself!
I like to let my items collect in a room (somewhere out of the way) for the entirety of the month so you get that “wow” factor at the end for how much you minimized.
OK, back to the pears, because there’s no way I’m giving these babies away.
Enjoy these Nutty Stuffed Pears as a fun breakfast, snack, or dessert.
Share with family for a fall breakfast/brunch or make a pan for yourself and top them on foods all week long.
If you’re serving a whole bunch of people, feel free to double the number of pears, just don’t forget to double the measurements for the nut butter filling, too!
They’re great to eat fresh out of the oven, but you should also try them with yogurt or oatmeal.
Serve them warm over ice-cream or frozen yogurt for the ultimate healthy dessert.
If you start or end your day with some Nutty Stuffed Pears, let me know! I’d love to hear what you think of them and how you enjoyed them!
Give me a shout on instagram @flora_and_vino and use hashtag #floraandvino to show me your creations.
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- 3-4 pears (I like to use Bosc)
- ¼ cup nut butter (I like using Nuttzo for this!)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (or sub almond meal for varied results)
- ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 TBS maple syrup + more for topping
- ¼ tsp cinnamon + more for topping
- ¼ cup granola (for topping)
- Preheat oven to 350 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 (or almond meal), almond milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
- Divide the mixture between the pears and fill each hollowed center with a big spoonful.
- Top with 1 TBS 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.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for 305 days and reheat to serve.