Pear crumble

Recipe by Lucy Hyland

Serves: 4 Prep Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 20 mins

This is a great option for a dessert or even an afternoon snack. It is packed full of goodness and relatively low in sugar. 

If you are baking a lot at home, one very easy tip is to half or ¾ the amount of sugar in your favourite desserts – try it and see. Unless you are talking about a sponge, most desserts can be just as tasty with half the sugar! 

Here, oats are used rather than white flour, as a way of adding more nutrients to this dessert.  This also adds great crunch and texture to this dessert.

This dessert involves stewing fruit before adding it as the crumble base. Stewing fruit can make it much easier to digest, and is perfect for those struggling to eat fresh fruit. You don’t have to use sugar when stewing fruit – simply use pears, eating apples, plums or berries and a little water. You can also add natural sweeteners such as cinnamon, vanilla extract or cardamom.

Ingredients

  • 4 pears – cored and chopped into bite sized pieces
  • ½ inch root ginger - grated

Topping

  • 4 oz/ 110g rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons almonds (crushed)
  • 1 tablespoon of sunflower
  • seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 °C or 350 °F.
  • Stew the pears first. Place the pears into a saucepan; add the ginger and a dash of water. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes on a medium heat.
  • Place all of the topping ingredients into a bowl and mix well with a spoon.
  • Place the pear into individual ramekins or into a pie dish. Pour the crumble mixture on top.
  • Place in the oven for 20 mins.
  • Serve with some low fat yogurt or as is. 

Nutritional Benefits

This is a low sugar option for a dessert. Remember that fruit is a great naturally sweet food and can be a good option for dessert. If you are finding whole fruit a little too hard on the digestive system, stewing first in a little water can be a great way of softening and making it easier to digest.

Pear has natural laxative properties so this dish might help if your bowel motions are sluggish or you suffer from constipation. Soft foods are also ideal for those who might have trouble chewing or whose mouth may be sore and the ginger can aid your nausea if that is an issue. This is a nice dish that can give a bit of comfort when feeling a bit low.