Recipe: Almond-Stuffed Pears

Who says you can’t have dessert on a Whole30?! Okay, maybe Whole9 does, but if they did approve of a dessert for a Whole30, this would have to qualify. This could especially come in handy if you find yourself saddled with hosting duty during your Whole30 or need something to bring to a dinner party to keep you from falling off the wagon.

Bosc pears would be ideal here because they have a bit less moisture and a great complex flavor. I had some local Bartletts on hand, and they were just fine. Yum. Just don’t go too crazy.

Almond-Stuffed Pears

2 pears, cut in half and cores removed

8 dates

1/4 cup almonds, toasted and chopped

1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

coconut milk, for serving

1) Preheat oven to 425°F. In a small microwave-safe bowl, add dates and water until it’s about 1/4-inch high up the bowl. Microwave dates for 1 minute, or until softened. Drain and mash with a fork. If they’re not mashing easily, put them back in the microwave for 30 seconds.

2) Add nuts and spices to dates and mix thoroughly. Using your hands, stuff pears with about 2 tablespoons each of the filling. Place pears on a baking dish and put in the oven. Set timer for 25 minutes.

3) When pears are done, plate them and pour some coconut milk over.

Serves 4.

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2 Responses to “Recipe: Almond-Stuffed Pears”

  1. what a great idea, but i would fear (for me) that the dates would skyhigh my blood sugar. Did you notice something for you ?

  2. I make these often with pear and even apples are nice too…sometimes I warm up some coconut cream and drizzle that over them (decadent!). I typically don’t have trouble with dates raising my blood sugar when I combine them with nuts. And…I did eat this during my Whole 30.

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