This healthy pear crumble is paleo, vegan and made without oats (grain free). It is lightly sweetened and perfect topped with a dollop of coconut cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Pears don't get as much love as they should. It must have something to do with their texture. No?
I sometimes think of pears as a down-graded apple. See, apples have it all - crisp, colorful and such a large variety to choose from.
Pears on the other hand... they don't taste great until they're soft. But, let them get too soft and they aren't good either. Pears aren't usually colorful; mostly green or brown. And there are only a few varieties to choose from at most grocery stores.
But pears, don't worry - I still love you! In fact, while I prefer eating raw apples to pears, I actually prefer baking with pears over apples.
Where do you stand??
Why You'll Love This Healthy Pear Crumble
This vegan pear crumble, or crisp if you prefer to call it that, is a great way to add a little pear into your life. There are so many reasons to love it...
- paleo - made with real, whole food ingredients
- vegan - free from animal products
- low in added sugar - the filling is unsweetened and the topping has just a touch of maple syrup
- gluten free, grain free, dairy free and egg free - great for most diets
- has a sweet, perfectly spiced pear filling
- topped with a flaked coconut and almond flour crumble
- the best healthy pear dessert (seriously!)
My husband claims that he doesn't like pears, but he gave this recipe his full approval. I promise - baking with pears is life-changing! They taste 10x's better baked 😉
Ingredients in Healthy Pear Crumble
For the Filling
- ripe pears (I used D'Anjou, but any variety will work)
- vanilla extract
- tapioca flour (or arrowroot)
- ground ginger (optional)
- nutmeg (optional)
For the Topping
- almond flour (sub tigernut flour for a nut free version)
- tapioca flour (or arrowroot)
- flaked coconut
- non-hydrogenated shortening (or butter)
- maple syrup
All of these ingredients are both paleo and vegan friendly - perfect for making a healthy pear crisp.
How to Make a Pear Crumble
This healthy pear recipe is super easy to make!
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Make the Filling
Next, make the filling. To do this, chop the pears into cubes about ¼ inches, removing the stem and core. There is no need to remove the skin.
Place the chopped pears into a large mixing bowl and coat with the remaining filling ingredients.
Pour the filling into a 7" x 11" or 8" x 8" baking pan and set aside.
Make the Crumble
Next, make the crumble topping.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients for the crumble. This includes the almond flour, tapioca flour, flaked coconut, cinnamon and salt.
Then, add the wet ingredients. This includes the shortening and maple syrup. I recommend mashing the mixture with a fork, then using your hands. Mix until barely combined - the crumble topping will be in chunks.
Crumble the topping over the filling, then press down lightly.
Bake the Pear Crumble
Lastly, bake the crumble. Set the pan on the middle rack of your preheated oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes.
After baking, remove the crumble from the oven, cool slightly and serve! Or, cool to room temperature and chill overnight in the fridge. This pear crumble tastes great warm or chilled.
After baking, this simple crumble recipe has a soft, sweet, juicy pear filling. The topping will brown slightly and result in a crisp, crunchy, cookie-like topping. The combination of the two is irresistible!
This vegan pear crumble can be eaten hot or cold. Personally, I prefer the crumble after it has sat overnight in the fridge. The flavors seem to be even better the second day.
Pair this crumble with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or coconut cream for an extra special dessert.
More Healthy Pear Recipes
For more Paleo recipes using pears, check these out:
This healthy pear crumble recipe is Paleo and Vegan and a great way to use up ripe pears. It has a sweet, flavorful pear filling and a crisp, coconut and almond crumble topping.
- 4 ripe pears (650g) I used D'Anjou
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp tapioca flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
- ¼ tsp ground ginger (optional)
- ¼ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Make the Filling: Chop pears, removing the stem and core, then place in a large mixing bowl. Add remaining filling ingredients and mix until the pears are well coated. Pour the filling into a 7" x 11" or 8" square baking dish.
- Make the Crumble: Combine the almond flour, tapioca flour, flaked coconut, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add in the shortening and maple syrup. Mix with a fork, then use your hands. Once the dough is barely mixed together (still slightly crumbly), use your hands to crumble the topping over the filling. Gently press down with your hands.
- Place the crumble in the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes.
- Cool slightly and serve warm, or refrigerate overnight and serve chilled.
Keywords: pear crumble, fruit dessert, Paleo dessert, vegan, egg free, dairy free