Enjoy Dessert Without all the Calories

Pear Crumble
What better way to use in-season pears than this healthier version of iconic crumble. You could also use apples and try incorporating specialty flours such as almond or quinoa. If desired, top with a small scoop of low-fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.


  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar of choice
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom (optional)
  • 5 tbsp. neutral-tasting liquid oil


  • 6 pears, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, honey or agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp. whole-wheat pastry flour
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine oats, walnuts, sugar, flour, cinnamon and cardamom in a medium-sized bowl. Drizzle with oil and stir until evenly moist. In a separate bowl, combine filling ingredients and mix well. Transfer the pear mixture to a lightly greased 9-by-9-inch baking pan or a cast-iron skillet. Sprinkle oat topping over pears. Bake until pears are tender and the topping is golden, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Makes eight servings.

379 calories; 5 g protein; 15 g total fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat); 62 g carbohydrates; 7 g fiber; 5 mg sodium

Matthew Kadey is a Canada-based dietitian and food writer. Find him at wellfedman.com.

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