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Pear Crumble

This crumble is a healthier way to get your comfort-food fix. Rather than being loaded with added sugar, the natural sweetness and subtle flavor of the pears shines through, enhanced with a little maple syrup, and gently spiced with ground cinnamon and ginger. The topping, made with ground almonds, healthy oil and whole grains, provides the classic contrasting crunch.

You’ll need an 8-by-8-inch baking dish.

From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.


measuring cup
Servings: 8-9

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon slivered almonds (may substitute 1/2 cup almond meal)
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (do not use quick-cooking or instant)
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (may substitute regular whole-wheat flour)
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil, or other neutral-tasting oil, plus more for the baking dish

For the filling

  • 3 pounds ripe but firm pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4- inch slices
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush the baking dish lightly with oil.

  2. Step 2

    For the topping: Process the slivered almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer to a medium bowl, along with the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Drizzle with the 1/4 cup of oil; stir until well incorporated.

  3. Step 3

    For the filling: Combine the pears, maple syrup and lemon juice in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the cornstarch, cinnamon and ginger; stir until the pears are evenly coated. Transfer to the baking dish, then crumble the topping over the pears.

  4. Step 4

    Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until bubbling and the topping is lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving (based on 9)

  • Calories


  • Carbohydrates

    40 g

  • Fat

    10 g

  • Fiber

    6 g

  • Protein

    3 g

  • Saturated Fat

    1 g

  • Sodium

    35 mg

  • Sugar

    25 g

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Vanessa Williams