Want A Snack That Tastes Like Pie Without Much Cooking or Calories? Try This!

October 11, 2011   7 Comments

What is it about pears that make them look so golden? And everyone makes fun of "pear-shaped" but I think there is nothing funny about pear shapes.

Roast Pear Snack Recipe

Hey, not everyone can look like a carrot!

Pear season is actually about the same as apple season. Who knew? So, now is a great time to get your hands on some fresh ones.

Do you know how to tell if a pear is ripe? I was well into my 30's before I found out that pears ripen from the inside out. So, you test a pear's ripeness by pressing down near the stem to see if it is soft.

I chose these Bosc pears above because they are ideal for baking. And, because I am impatient. Most pears will ripen after a few days on your kitchen counter - but who can wait that long?

My children area always grabbing at the unripe fruit and trying to eat it - which drives me crazy because they can ruin a piece of fruit with those bite marks. And, fresh fruit is not cheap!

With an unripe Bosc pear, you can make a simple treat with barely any preparation. Just slice them up, put them on a roasting pan, and check them every 20 minutes or so until they are soft.

What you have done is concentrated the sugars and the PEAR flavor - and you removed most of the grainy texture that some people don't like about pears. Now, they are bite sized, soft, and you can refrigerate them for anytime snacking.


They really do taste like pie - and you can add some cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice or allspice to liven them up. But, I don't think these pears need anything to be delicious.

Have you tried to roast pears? How do you like to serve them?


Golden Pear Bite Recipe

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(makes 3 servings)

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3 Bosc Pears (unripe)
non-stick spray
cinnamon, nutmeg (optional)


Heat oven to 400 F. Slice pears into chunks and place on rimmed baking sheet. Dust with cinnamon or nutmeg (optional). Cook for 20 minutes and check if softened to your liking. The roasting may take 40 minutes depending on the ripeness of the pears.

Serve warm, cold, or room temperature. These will keep in your fridge for a week.

Nutrition Facts

For one serving: 100 calories, 0 g fat, 25 g carbohydrates, 1 g protein, 4 g fiber, 0 mg sodium, 0 Points+

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I have not tried roasting pears, but its sounds great! I have used pears in some recipes (i.e. baked pork chops), but roasting them for a sweet treat will be something I will try soon! Thanks!

This is a great idea, Lisa. I would also suggest trying canela instead of the regular cinnamon in your pantry.

Canela is the Spanish word for cinnamon. The cinnamon used in Mexican cooking is the softer loose-bark variety grown in Ceylon rather than the more commonly found hard-stick cinnamon.

Since I discovered canela I have used it in all recipes calling for cinnamon. The difference is subtle but noticeable. It's just softer and nicer somehow.

these are so simple and they sound delicious! i will be trying this out very soon :)

I use to cook these as a dessert with cardemom (if that's the correct spelling)....delicious! I haven't tried it with an urine pear though! Thanks for the tip!

I tried an amazing pear for the first time today, a so-called "apple pear" (also known as an Asian pear, I believe). It was great—crisp, but juicy! They're a paler gold color with flecks. I think I'm going to be eating a lot of these while they're in season. And I'm definitely going to have to roast one!

"Hey, not everyone can look like a carrot!"

I might have to borrow that one. Seriously, when I went to Japan around 20 years ago and went to the public baths, I found out why Japanese women talk about "daikon ashi" Daikon legs. I, as a Japanese American woman, always had upper thighs that touched and were wide at the top no matter how thin I am (even when I was a skinny little 95 pound high school girl) that bugged me. I suddenly felt okay about it after visiting Japan. Almost EVERY woman or girl after puberty, even if they are a double or triple zero, has legs like that.

I read somewhere that not only are most women NOT hourglass shaped, but there are a lot of rectangles and pears out there that they just don't make pants for. I'm a rectangle (narrow hips, not a lot on top and a wider waist as I approach 50!) And pant waists still gap--what do folks with small waists do?

Anyway the recipe looks yummie and healthy. Thank you.

Love it! I've already made this 4 X and it is honestly like pie or candy for dessert. People don't believe me when I tell them the only thing I've added is cinnamon. And I did go buy the Mexican Cinnamon- yum!

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