Granola Roasted Pears

roasted pears with granola recipeBreakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day. It’s an excuse to start the day off with a little something sweet – jam on toast, brown sugar in oatmeal, honey in tea. This recipe can pass for breakfast or dessert — it’s like a pear crisp, but much heavier on the pear than the crisp. You can put it together in 5 minutes and have it ready in 30. If serving for dessert, try it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.

Granola Roasted Pears
serves 1-2

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe pear of your choice
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 Tbl unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup quick-cook (not instant) oats
  • 1 Tbl chopped pecans
  • 1 Tbl dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbl brown sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Cut the pear in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and stem from the flesh. Place cut side up on a metal or glass baking pan and drizzle lightly with the maple syrup and  1/2 tablespoon of melted butter. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oats, pecans, cranberries, and brown sugar with your fingers. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and add it to the oat mixture, distributing evenly.
  4. Pat the oat mixture onto the pear halves, pressing gently so it sticks.
  5. Bake the pears in the oven for 25 minutes or until a fork pierces them easily.
  6. Remove from the oven, let cool briefly, and enjoy!
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