Poached Pears with Coconut Chai Spiced Granola – Vegan and Gluten-Free! – 80 Twenty Nutrition

Poached Pears with Coconut Chai Spiced Granola – Vegan and Gluten-Free!

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As the weather cools down, we all start to crave warm foods and fragrant spices. Pears are one of the few fruits that are in season in the winter. The poached pears used in this recipe provide a great warm-cool contrast when combined with your choice of yogurt. This is perfect for an easy breakfast or a healthy dessert!

Poached Pears with Coconut Chai Spiced Granola and Coconut Yogurt. Vegan and Gluten Free Breakfast or Dessert. Recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist at 80 Twenty Nutrition
Photo credit: Annie via Flickr

I’ve always considered pears to be one of the more underrated fruits in terms of their nutritional benefits and their use in recipes. Other than poached pears, pears can be grilled, baked or roasted.

Pears are also a great source of potassium which is an important mineral for lowering blood pressure. And that’s not all – pears have a reputation for being hypoallergenic, which is why they are usually one of the first fruits introduced to infants. Talk about pearfection!

Poached Pears with Chai Spiced Granola and Coconut Yogurt. Vegan and Gluten Free Breakfast or Dessert. Recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist at 80 Twenty Nutrition
Photo credit: Pixabay

Other than yummy pears, there are several things to love about this recipe. The coconut chai spiced granola can be prepped beforehand and stored for the rest of the week to be used again in various ways.

The aroma from the chai spices is perfect for the winter, especially with added sweetness from coconut flakes. If you’re interested in experimenting more with making your own granola, why not try this delicious slow cooker granola recipe?!

Plus, both the pears and granola contain cinnamon and maple syrup flavors – double the flavor, double the yum!

Using cinnamon sticks when poaching the pears infuses flavor into them, and sprinkling ground cinnamon is great visually as well. Read more about the health benefits of cinnamon!

A big thank you to my intern, Jacqueline Vykoukal, for creating and photographing this yummy recipe.

Poached Pears with Coconut Chai Spiced Granola

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Poached Pears with Coconut Chai Spiced Granola

This delicious recipe is healthy enough to be breakfast and delicious enough to be a dessert! It's vegan and gluten-free, and the soft sweet pears combined with the spiced granola make for the perfect combination of sweet and savory with soft and crunchy. Enjoy with coconut yogurt for extra creaminess!
Servings 2
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

Poached Pear

  • 1 medium pear peeled, cored and halved
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Chai Spice Mix

  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp cardamom

Coconut Granola

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Serve With

  • coconut yogurt (or Greek yogurt) optional
  • dash cinnamon optional

Instructions
 

Coconut Chai Granola

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Mix ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ginger powder, and cardamom in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine quick oats, coconut flakes, and sliced almonds.
  • Using another small bowl, mix maple syrup or honey, olive oil, vanilla extract, and salt until fully combined.
  • Add chai spice mixture and wet mixture to dry mixture and mix until combined.
  • Spread granola mixture evenly on baking sheet. Bake, stirring halfway through, until light golden for approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool.

Poached Pears

  • Peel pear and cut in half. Remove stem and core out center of each half.
  • In a pot, bring 4 cups water, honey, and cinnamon stick to a boil. When mixture is boiling, slide in pears and reduce to a simmer. Let the pears simmer in a covered pot for 20 minutes, or until pears are tender when pierced with fork. Remove pears.

Serve

  • Divide the pears into 2 bowls. Top with a few spoonfuls of granola. Store the rest of the granola in an airtight container for 1 week.
  • Optional: Serve with coconut yogurt (or Greek yogurt if not vegan) and a pinch of cinnamon. Enjoy!
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