This pear hazelnut crumble is a very healthy dessert filled with superfood pears, coconut oil, oats and the hazelnuts which go so well with the pears making it extra delicious.
In the fall I picked so many pears from a friend’s tree that I had to get creative and this is one very yummy result. My pear hazelnut crumble really is delicious.
All of the ingredients I used have great health benefits too. Learn a little about them.
Pears have more nutrients per calorie than calories per nutrient (surprising since they are so sweet). They are what I call a Smart Carb. and are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, copper & vitamin K. They are often considered a hypoallergenic fruit that is less likely to produce an adverse response than other fruits by healthcare practitioners making them a great first fruit fed to infants as a safe way to start.
Hazelnuts are nutritious and are uniquely delicious nuts often found in baking and chocolate giving an exotic sweet crunchiness. This superfood has health benefits too from being helpful for the heart to lowering diabetes risk to even helping with weight loss.
Coconut oil is actually very good for us. In tropical climates like Polynesia, Sri Lanka and the Yucatan where they have a diet high in coconut oil, the people are healthier, have less heart disease, cancer, and colon problems than unsaturated fat eaters. It is now accepted that there is good cholesterol and there are good saturated fats. Learn the 12 benefits of Coconut Oil, this newly declared an Amazing SuperFood.
Coconut sugar is the healthiest of sugars. It is made from the sap of coconut flowers by boiling it down to dry sugar blocks or a soft paste or a granulated form. Coconut sugar contains a higher amount of nutrients compared to brown sugar as it has some amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, sulfur, and micronutrients.
For this recipe and all my recipes, I use Himalayan salt which is actually good for you!
As I don’t use sugar for my baking I often use stevia which is the healthy option. The stevia plant is incredibly sweet and also incredibly good for you. The leaf is 30 times sweeter than sugar while extracts are 300-400 times sweeter. The best stevia will, therefore, be the one that retains some whole food value and is water-based. Liquid forms will be less processed. Go here to learn How to Get the Best Stevia Without the Bitterness
Brown Rice Flour has become a staple in my baking adding fiber and nutrition. It assists in weight loss, helps reduce cholesterol and balances energy. It is low cost and adds a somewhat dry gritty crumbly texture.
Oats are a low-calorie food that provides high levels of fiber and low levels of fat. They help tp stabilizes blood sugar and reduces the risk of diabetes while removing bad cholesterol.
If you want gluten-free oats, here is a very good one Harvest Gluten Free Organic Rolled Old Fashioned Oats which is good for cooked oatmeal for breakfast. For making a crumble, it is better to have one like this: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Quick Cooking Rolled Oats
Pear Hazelnut Crumble
- 5 cup pears
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 2 1/2 cups oatmeal flakes
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
- 2/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar or sucanat
- 1/2 tsp stevia in 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup hazelnuts chopped
- Core and slice pears.
- Place the pears in a baking dish.
- Mix the oil, sugar, salt and stevia/water together in a bowl.
- Add the brown rice flour to the wet mixture.
- Mix in well.
- Add the oatmeal and mix in well.
- Mix thoroughly with fingers.
- Sprinkle on top of the fruit.
- Sprinkle the chopped hazelnuts on top.
- Pat down firmly.
- Bake at 350º F. in the oven for approximately 40 minutes.
* Not all people who need to be gluten-free have a problem with oats. For those that do there is oatmeal that is considered gluten-free.
If you like pears and enjoyed this pear hazelnut crumble, I have some more recipes for you, first pear recipes than more crumble recipes.
More Tasty Pear Recipes
Green Salad with Pecans and Pears – Here is a way to get lots of greens in with this green salad with pecans and pears. It is naturally sweet and when you add some pecans it becomes incredibly delicious. We know how important it is to get those greens into our bodies every day so here is a way to enjoy them.
Cinnamon Pear Apple Fruit Salad – This cinnamon pear salad is so delicious, especially in the winter. At that time of year, there are not so many fresh fruits in season. Apples and pears last a long time in the fridge.
Pear Green Smoothie – Enjoy a delicious ‘Pear Green Smoothie’ for breakfast or an afternoon snack. It is full of superfood ingredients so it is very good for you.
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Blueberry Crumble -This blueberry crumble recipe is so yummy and easy to make. Very healthy too without all that sugar. Also, if you use gluten-free oats then it is gluten-free too. Did you know that blueberries have more antioxidants than any other popular fruit and help prevent cancer, diabetes, age-related memory loss and are anti-inflammatory? They are also rich in potassium, fiber, and vitamins A & C.
Deluxe Mango Crumble – Something about mangoes makes them luxurious and when made into a crumble they become divine. This crumble is gluten free and made with healthy ingredients.
Strawberry Crumble – This delicious crumble recipe is sugar-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. I make this from the strawberries I grow, which are of course organic. It is important to use organic strawberries as they are one of the Dirty Dozen.
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- Wouldn’t it be great to eat cookies and tarts like you did as a child, innocently enjoying the sweetness and textures without worrying about the downside?