Since the cool change is now officially in full swing, we can also begin to indulge in the best bounty that Autumn and Winter have to offer. One of those, is the humble pear.
A fantastic fruit that is super juicy, indulgent and with a fragrant floral flavour that is the perfect dessert compliment. Their natural sweetness, means that they are perfect for creating desserts that stay away from those ingredients that perhaps aren’t as good for us!
Why you should be eating a pear a day
- Pears are an excellent source of healthy fibre
- As the pear ripens, the level of antioxidants, increases significantly
- Eating a pear can help boost your health with it’s immune boosting vitamin C
- Fantastic for your heart health
- Boast high levels of potassium and folate
What you can do with a pear
Pears are extremely versatile, which means they are a great staple. Snack on them by themselves or with all their fruity goodness, enhance this flavour through the following cooking methods:
Once poached, baked or roasted pears can be re-heated and added to a warm bowl of porridge or used as a yoghurt topping.
Healthy sugar alternatives to use in your pear dessert
When it comes to sweeting up your pear dessert, there are a few alternatives which create a more nutritious bout of sweetness to your pear recipe. Try these unrefined sugar alternatives in the pear dessert recipes below.
- Rice malt syrup: Is made from cooked and fermented rice. It is also 100% fructose-free. This syrup is a delicious alternative sugar. Its sticky texture if perfect in an oat slice.
- Maple syrup: As a natural sweetener, maple syrup is the perfect pair for heathy desserts. Make sure to use 100% pure maple syrup, to reap the benefits
- Honey: Is one of the most popular natural sweeteners, and it has been used for centuries. Honey is ideal for baking as it keeps the moister in for longer.
- Coconut Sugar: This sugar is unrefined and organically grown. Coconut sugar adds a unique flavour with subtle caramel and butterscotch notes. Perfect for sweeting up a healthy dessert, coconut sugar has a nutritional and mineral content that is richer than most other sweeteners.
Healthy pear recipes
Try these pear recipes that use alternatives to sugar. These will most certainly satisfy that sweet tooth, without the guilt!
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