The Easiest Healthiest Dessert Recipe Ever: Sweet Baked Pears

I really need to cut down on these title lengths. Anyways, to the recipe. I discovered this recipe through a program I work with at the YMCA, called MEND. It’s a free program to fight childhood obesity and change the lifestyle to a healthy one at home. It’s been very successful! During each session, the participants get a MEND “cookbook”–a compilation of MEND-friendly (aka HEALTHY) recipes. This is from there. This is a guilt-free recipe. It’s basically fruit, cheese, and cinnamon. ENJOY!

Finished product

Finished product

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients [serves 6-8 people]

  • 6 pears (if you’re less-hungry people, you can use less)
  • 1 1/3 cup ricotta
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract


  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
  • Wash the pears and cut them into halves

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  • Scoop out the seeds and most of the middle

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  • Put the pears on a baking sheet (no oil required) and put in the oven for 20 minutes
  • Let’s now turn our focus to the mixture. Put all the other ingredients (ricotta, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and agave/honey) into a small-medium bowl and mix! Feel free to taste

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  • Put the mixture into the fridge to chill until you serve.
  • Take out the pears from the oven after 20 minutes
  • When ready to serve, put dollops of mixture in the hollowed part of the pears!

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And that’s IT! Seriously amazing, delicious, and you don’t feel bad eating it because there isn’t any crap in it. This is a recipe I will be frequenting. I whipped it up very quickly after a gym session before we went to a friend’s house for dinner–it’s amazingly simple for how delicious it is. Enjoy!


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19 Responses to "The Easiest Healthiest Dessert Recipe Ever: Sweet Baked Pears"

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  1. steveygaddis

    March 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Sounds awsome…. Gonna give this a try. Gonna reblog also. Think others will like also.

  2. suth2

    March 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    That is so simple. I have some pears on hand at the moment so I will do this for dessert tonight.

  3. glutenfreemuscle

    March 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I’m always looking for healthier dessert options, thank you.

  4. Simplify with Sarah

    March 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Reblogged this on Simplify with Sarah and commented:
    I want these!!! Will have to make them soon!

  5. Simplify with Sarah

    March 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Reblogged….thank you! As I sit here eating Cool Whip and graham crackers I’m both jealous and a little ashamed of myself. But not ashamed enough to stop. Love your kitty – looks like mine!

  6. Liz

    March 25, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Simple to make and looks yummy, must try it sometime. Thanks for popping by and liking my post!

  7. desithediva

    March 25, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    We have riccatta! Omg I was searching for a healthy treat today bc ice cream is so tempting but not worth it after a long workout. So low n behold, we have all the stuff listed except pears. I will be going to Walmart. And when I make it I wanna figure out how to repost this bc I’m new here and share how great it was. Thank u!

  8. wekick

    March 26, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Whoa, sounds awesome. I’m definitely making this.

  9. AmyS

    March 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Yum! This sounds good

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  12. mitchelljames

    July 27, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Kudos for a great fruit-based dessert. Looks absolutely delicious – will definitely be giving this one a go 🙂

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