Healthy treat for your sweet tooth this festive season

WE all think of the festive season as a time for whipping up delicious holiday treats for your friends and family. Often the treats are filled with sugar and all the things we love, however we thought this Christmas season, why not try this healthy holiday dessert recipe for spiced honey pear crisp.


Serves 6




6 ripe pears, cored, sliced

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup honey


You need 6 ripe pears.




3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour

3/4 cup oats

1/4 firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces

1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds



You will also need 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves.


Directions: (


Preheat oven to 190 degrees C and coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine pears, lemon zest and juice, cinnamon and honey. Spread pears in the prepared baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Add butter and, with a fork, work it into dry ingredients until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Sprinkle topping evenly over pears.

Bake for 45 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes, and then serve warm with a scoop of low-fat vanilla ice cream or dollop of Greek honey-flavoured yogurt.

Bombi Mavundza

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