I’ve been staring at my bowl of pears all week and they are still as solid as a rock, despite being moved next to the bananas. So instead of prodding them in hopeful anticipation each morning, I decided this morning to take control and soften them by heat.
It was lovely, soft pear that still held it’s shape and was coated in lovely oaty bits. So if you have some pears that are waiting to ripen, don’t wait – do this!
Quick Pear Crunch (serves one)
- 1 unripe pear – cored and diced (keep the skin on)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of oats
- 1 tablespoon of dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon of flaked almonds
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- Heat the oil in a small frying pan and then add the diced pear. Cook gently for 3-4 minutes until the pear feels softer.
- Add the oats and toss well to coat the pears. Keep cooking and tossing for another 3 minutes or so, until the oats start to brown.
- Add the cranberries and almonds and toss a couple of times. Then turn the heat off.
- Add the maple syrup and toss everything together.
- Leave it to cool. I prefer mine quite cool, it gives the oats and syrup time to stick everything together a little bit. But I did nibble some bits whilst it was still hot and it was lovely.
Nice served with yoghurt and even a little more maple syrup if you’re feeling decadent.