Recipe: Ginger Pear Crisp With Almonds

The exotic aroma of pears and ginger come together in this fall dessert.

Although it may taste decadent, it's anything but, thanks to a simple whole-grain oat topping sprinkled over piles of nutrient-rich pears. Serve it with an icy sorbet for a real treat—without the calorie damage.


  • 5 medium pears, peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons soft dairy-free margarine spread
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

More: The Health Benefits of Ginger


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Put the sliced pears into a pie dish.

3. Grind the crystallized ginger with a mortar and pestle or a rolling pin. Sprinkle the ginger and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon over the pears. Pour the orange juice over the pears and toss gently to coat.

4. Combine the margarine and brown sugar in a small bowl. Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, rolled oats, pastry flour and almonds. Mix until it forms a crumbly topping and sprinkle over the pears.

5. Bake for about one hour, until the pears are tender and the top is golden brown. Serve warm.

Makes 8 Servings

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