Pecan Berry-Pear Crisp

It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow! If you are like most, you might be looking for some last minute ways to show your mom how much she means to you. Every year I struggle with this, because I know that there is absolutely nothing I could do to show my mom just how much I appreciate everything she has done for me and how much I love her. There are no words, no gifts, and no gestures that could do that justice. I know all that stuff doesn’t matter to parents and one day I will understand why. But if you are looking for a way to show your mom how much you care, one of the best things you can do is make something from the heart.

What says “I love you, Mom” more than a nutty, slightly sweet, healthy dessert? Let me know if you have any ideas. In the meantime, if you live close to your mom, or even if you don’t, get to making this delicious dessert that is sure to please. Even if you aren’t a natural born Julia Child, this recipe is super simple and will make you look like a rock star in the kitchen.


IMG_9986Pecan Berry-Pear Crisp

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 Bartlett pears, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • juice from one lemon
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 8 dried dates, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, chilled
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 350°F.
  2. Toss the pears, blueberries, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place all other ingredients except pecans into a food processor and pulse until mixture represents bread crumbs. Add the pecans and pulse just a couple more times to incorporate. You want to keep some pecan chunks for good texture.
  4. Transfer your fruit to an 8×8 glass baking dish or individual ramekins.
  5. Sprinkle the nut topping on top of the fruit and press down slightly to form a crust.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes or until the top is a nice golden brown and fruit juice is bubbling up. Depending on how full your baking dish is, you might want to place a cookie sheet under the pan to save your over from fruit juice dripping down.
  7. Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

The great thing about this recipe is that you can use any fruit combination that you like. Apples and raspberries, mixed berries, strawberry rhubarb, and the list goes on. Let me know what you come up with!

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