Happy World Baking Day you guys!!!!!
Wow, what a day to celebrate. Baking has honestly changed my life in many ways (mostly because I LOVE eating baked goods, like honestly who doesn’t?) and I couldn’t be happier to potentially inspire others to get their bake on in a healthier way!
First of all, let me just tell you guys that my brain is very math and science oriented. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology and was the president of the calculus club in high school sooooo basically I’m a math and science super nerd. Creativity and abstract things were far from my strong suit, but then I began baking. I loved that it was basically science. I could take a recipe and add things in a certain way (just like you would in a lab) to create something entirely new and spectacular. So cool!!!!! And it also helped me to be a little more creative, but just a little bit.
I also used baking as a way to relieve stress growing up because you can get lost in it. So if you’re not a baker, I definitely recommend using this day as an excuse to give it a try. Not to mention this recipe basically requires zero skill or effort whatsoever so it’s the perfect thing to get started with!
BUT. Guys. Don’t get lost in this. Baking can quickly turn into a long downward spiral into the tantilizing wormhole of sugary processed foods. No bueno. Remember this: bake HEALTHY. I try to take my favorite baked goods (for example, chocolate lava cake or chocolate chip cookies, or basically anything with chocolate) and turn them into healthier versions of themselves using coconut and oat flours, natural sweeteners like maple syrup, raw honey, coconut sugar, or dates, or subbing butter with coconut oil or a nut butter. As long as I have whole, natural ingredients going in I feel much better about putting it inside my body. (And I’ll continue posting all of my healthy baked goods as I perfect the recipes so keep an eye out!)
I also tend to crave dessert every night so I know if I’m putting something terrible in my body every night after dinner, I’m going to feel terrible all the time. That’s what makes these pears so great! They take 2 seconds of preparation, 5 ingredients, 1 oven, and voila, you have yourself a warm, sweet treat that’s GOOD for your body instead of something you’d definitely be feeling in the morning. No regret, no guilt, no problem.
So it’s time. Warm up those ovens. Get your pears ready. Aaaaaaand GO!
Cinnamon Maple Baked Pears
- 1 pear, halved (I used a Bartlett Pear)
- 2 Tbsp of your favorite granola
- ½ Tbsp chopped almonds
- 1 tsp cinnamon (give or take) plus an extra sprinkle
- ½ Tbsp maple syrup
- Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil or a silicon mat.
- Cut your pear in half and scoop out the seeds using a tablespoon scooper. Drizzle each half with half of your maple syrup.
- In a small bowl, mix together your granola, chopped almonds, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Spoon half of the mixture in each pear.
- Place the pears in the oven for about 20 minutes, until the pears are soft and a nice golden color.
- Remove and allow to cool.
- Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon and enjoy! I like eating this plain, but it also tastes super good with yogurt or some ice cream.