Hello there, welcome to my Healthy Baked Pears recipe. Let me tell you the background to this post. If you are from Australia or New Zealand you may well be aware of a chocolate phenomenon known as Caramilk. Caramilk is a white chocolate with a caramel flavour. It comes out as a limited edition every so often.
I was not in anyway reimbursed for creating a recipe with Caramilk chocolate and I was not sent any Caramilk Chocolate or asked to post about it, I created this recipe as I can see Caramilk is really popular in NZ at the moment so I thought why not have a play with it!
The things is though, I'm a healthy kid food blogger, so the Caramilk chocolate doesn't really fit with the ethos of my website... or does it? May it does when it is served as part of these healthy baked pears.
These pears are baked with no added sugar and are yummy served with greek yoghurt and a little honey if needed. Obviously, you can totally make them without the Caramilk chocolate
I got the idea of serving them with a little warmed melted chocolate from one of my favourite kid food websites Super Healthy Kids. They have a chocolate baked pear recipe done with chocolate chips, but the best part about their recipe, is not the recipe itself, but the discussion they have at the top of the post around how a little bit of something like chocolate... if it makes a healthy food delicious and appealing to a child is not necessarily a bad thing. You should read it, it's great.
Anywho, baking pears makes them soft and sweet and very kid friendly.
- 4 fresh pears
- 2Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 8 squares of caramilk chocolate (optional)
- Slice the pears in half
- Scoop out the core, to do this I used a melon baller
- Arrange them in a shallow baking dish
- Mix the lemon juice and vanilla together
- Brush each pear half with the lemon vanilla mix, then pour the remaining liquid into the well (from where you removed the core) of each pear half
- Cover with aluminium foil
- Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and baste with a little of the liquid from the pear wells, return to the oven and bake for a further 15 minutes or until soft
- Remove from the oven, uncover and if desired place a square of caramilk chocolate into each well, cover dish again and leave to set on the bench for 5 minutes, the chocolate will soften and go gooey. I found putting the pears back into the oven was a little too much for the caramilk chocolate, it went a little hard.
- If you don't like the idea of the Caramilk then just serve with plain Greek yoghurt and a drizzle of honey, maple syrup or golden syrup
I used Packham pears, they are a green skinned pear, ( the cooking process makes them appear brown) the ones I used for recipe testing were quite firm, if you are using a different variety or they are more ripe they may need less cooking time
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 pear half
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 44Total Fat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: 1.4gSodium: 1.1mgCarbohydrates: 4.6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2.6gProtein: 0.4g