This is my kind of wintertime snack- warm, spiced, and sweet!  This treat has no added sugar, we just used the natural sweetness of the pears.  In addition to that this snack contains a good dose of fiber, calcium and protein from the yogurt, and some satisfying fat from the almonds.  I originally had the intent to make applesauce this week, but when we received some beautiful pears in our produce box I changed my mind.  If you want to use apples instead I’m sure they would work here too.

Spiced Pear Parfait
  • 3 large pears
  • ½ teaspoon Orange blossom water (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon Apple cider vinegar
  • Cinnamon, ground
  • Clove, ground
  • Coriander, ground
  • 0% Plain Greek yogurt
  • Raw almonds

Wash pears well.  Core them and chop into 1” chunks.  Combine pear chunks, orange blossom water, and apple cider vinegar in a medium saucepan.  Add spices to your preference, I used a lot of cinnamon and a little bit of cloves and coriander.  Stir well and cover with ½ cup water.

Place saucepan over medium-high heat.  Once some liquid seeps out of the pears and starts bubbling rapidly give it a big stir and turn the heat down to medium.  Let the liquid cook down for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep anything from sticking to the bottom.  Once the mixture is syrupy and the pears can easily be smooshed with a spoon, remove from heat.  Mash the mixture with a potato masher until it’s a rough puree.

To serve, layer about half a cup of the pear sauce under a third of a cup yogurt, then top with a quarter cup chopped almonds.  Now you’ve got a satisfying wintertime snack or dessert!

The pear sauce will last one week in the fridge. 

3/27/2013 07:07:41 pm

Thanks for the recipes. I need to try this by myself.

7/4/2013 08:40:53 pm

Agree all of us must learn how to prepare this masterpiece! This Sugar-free spiced pear parfait by your recipe is a real piece of cooking art! Thanks a lot for sharing with us.

5/27/2013 02:30:48 am

Wow, this sounds like a really great recipe to share with the family! However, I do think that I would like to try the variation with apples over pears (personal preference...).

11/1/2013 04:43:25 pm

Good post however I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic? I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Many thanks!


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