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Healthy Poached Pears

Try this easy dessert for healthy poached pears for a delicious dessert or snack!

a healthy poached pear in cinnamon syrup in a white bowl

These healthy poached pears are so good and so simple, you’re going to love them! They have a sweet cinnamon syrup that infuses the pears and makes them absolutely irresistible.

Pears are a great choice to make healthy desserts. I make this Fall Fruit Salad every fall and our family always looks forward to it. Sliced pears over yogurt with chopped nuts is one of my favorite fall breakfasts.

Do pears need to be fully ripe before poaching?

You know how pears are never ripe enough the day you buy them at the store and you have to leave them on your counter for a few days before you can even take a bite? Poached pears work brilliantly with fruit that isn’t quite there yet.

In fact, pears should still be slightly firm before poaching for the best results. The firmer they are, the longer they’ll take to poach, but they’re definitely worth the few extra minutes.

Do pears need to be peeled for poached pears?

Some recipes call for peeling the pears before poaching. Because this is a healthy poached pears recipe, I opted not to peel them. The skin has a lot of fiber and it gets very soft after poaching, so I highly suggest skipping the step of peeling.

How to make Healthy Poached Pears

To start making these healthy poached pears, gather the ingredients together (mise en place is a good habit to get into, no matter what the recipe is). My favorites are the cinnamon sticks and strawberry jam.

ingredients to make healthy poached pears on a wood table

Then just place all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan that’s big enough to hold all four pears (more on that in a second):

a pan with ingredients to make the syrup for healthy poached pears

Place your pears into your saucepan:

whole pears in a metal pot ready to be cooked and made into healthy poached pears

It can be tricky fitting exactly four into your pan without having a lot of excess room. If that happens, I’ll often just cut one in half to fit. You can also cut them all in half before poaching for an easier fit.

a pot filled with pears and syrup just before cooking and turned into healthy poached pears

You want your sauce to go at least 3/4 of the way up the sides of your pears (that’s why the size of your pan is so important). Now you’ll just simmer for about 10 minutes or until your pears are soft to your liking.

a healthy poached pear in sweet syrup in a white bowl on a wood table

I like to serve my poached pears whole as in the photo above. You can slice them if you prefer, either way they’re so pretty!

a healthy poached pear cut in half and placed in syrup in a white bowl on a wood table

You can even add a mint sprig if you like. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or sweetened yogurt with chopped nuts.

healthy poached pears in syrup in a white bowl with a sprig of fresh mint

How long do poached pears last in the fridge?

These healthy poached pears will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator. You can store them directly in the sweet sauce; they’ll continue to soak up the flavor so they only taste better with time.

You might think Sophisticated Poached Pears would be time-consuming and difficult, but this easy recipe will simple, fast and - most importantly - delicious!

Healthy Poached Pears

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Try this easy dessert for healthy poached pears for a delicious dessert or snack. Serve alone or with ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white grape juice
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 4 medium pears

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, combine everything but the pears. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Place the pears in the liquid. If the pears aren't covered by at least 3/4, add water or more orange juice.
  3. Allow the pears to simmer until they're soft, about 10 minutes. Remove the pears and place them in individual serving dishes, then set them aside.
  4. Strain the poaching liquid, then return it to the pot and gently boil it until it's slightly thickened, about five minutes.
  5. Pour the sauce over the pears and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 7gSugar: 46gProtein: 1g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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