Pear Crisp

This pear crisp recipe is such an easy, delicious fall dessert! The sweet, soft fruit and nutty crumble are fantastic with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Pear Crisp

I love to think of this pear crisp recipe as a “pair crisp.” With quotation marks. Because this is a dessert for 2. Get it? Jack is sitting next to me right now shaking his head, but honestly, I love desserts that are easy to make in small portions. See, if I made a pear crisp recipe large enough to serve 4, it would still serve just the two of us. Just one more bite after one more bite, and it would all be over. We have no control, especially around sweet, cinnamon-spiced fall desserts like this one. (And pssst! If you’re serving 4, you can easily double this recipe!)

If you love apple crisp as much as I do, I’m telling you, you have to try it with pears. They’re so soft and sweet that they practically melt into the crumble topping. And because (ripe) pears are so much softer than apples, this pear crisp recipe bakes in about half the time. What’s not to love about that?

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Pear Crisp Recipe Ingredients

Fruit crisps are some of my favorite desserts to make at home. I love that they can just serve 2 and that they show off fresh fruit, but they’re also easy to make. In fact, I almost always have all the ingredients for this pear crisp in my pantry:

  • Pears! Heads up – you’re going to want to get these guys in advance. I don’t know about you, but whenever I head to the store for pears, they’re always rock hard. You want soft, ripe pears for this recipe, so buy them a few days ahead of time and let them ripen on your counter. Use whatever kind you like best – Bosc, D’Anjou, or Bartlett pears would all be great.
  • Whole rolled oats – They add delicious homey texture to the crumble topping.
  • Walnuts – What’s a crumble topping without crunchy, toasty nuts? I love the combination of pears and walnuts in the fall.
  • Flour – I use homemade oat flour or almond flour to make this recipe gluten-free! Store bought oat or almond flour would work here too.
  • Brown sugar – It sweetens the nutty crumble topping.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg – For warm, spiced fall flavor.
  • Coconut oil – For richness. Because I don’t use butter here, this pear crisp recipe is both vegan and dairy-free!
  • And sea salt – Don’t skip it! It makes all the sweet, warm, and nutty flavors pop.

Oh, and another reason I love this recipe – it’s great to make ahead! Toss together the oats, walnuts, flour, sugar, and spices in advance. When you’re ready to bake, mix in the coconut oil and dice the pears. Layer them into a baking dish, sprinkle on the topping, and bake!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Pear crisp recipe

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5.0 from 2 reviews

Pear Crisp

 
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This pear crisp recipe is a delicious fall dessert! It serves 2, but you can easily double it to serve more. If you do, bake the crisp in an 8-inch square or similar-sized baking dish.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe pears
  • 3 tablespoons whole rolled oats*
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free oat flour or almond meal
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Small grating of fresh nutmeg (about ⅛ tsp.)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1½ tablespoons hardened coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the oats, flour, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. Use your fingers or the back of a fork to crumble in the hardened coconut oil until it's incorporated but still crumbly.
  4. Grease the bottom of a 6" skillet (or similar sized ramekin) with coconut oil. Add the pears and sprinkle the crumble on top.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the pears are soft but not mushy.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.
Notes
Make ahead tip: Mix the dry ingredients together in advance. When you're ready to bake, just mix in the coconut oil, chop the pear, and assemble.

*If you're sensitive to gluten, make sure your oats and oat flour are certified gluten-free.

 

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  1. Katie from fromshorestoskylines.com
    11.05.2014

    I do LOVE apple crisp, and this looks amazing – too bad I just ate my last pear… Guess I’ll have to pick some more up! 🙂

  2. I feel like pears get left behind in the flurry of pumpkin and apple season, but this looks perfect!

  3. Jessica from twogreenpeas.com
    11.05.2014

    for some reason I always think of fruit crisps to be too much effort for after dinner, but this actually looks so easy! curious what your go-to evening cocktail recipes are?

    • jeanine
      11.05.2014

      I should have mentioned this in the post – but I often measure out everything except the oil ahead of time so that all I have to do when I’m ready to make it is incorporate the oil and chop the pear.

      For cocktails – depends what we have at the time – Jack likes bulleit rye mixed with ginger kombucha, sometimes with a squeeze of orange. I like prosecco or something sparkly with dessert.

  4. I love puns and I love this mini dessert! I just bought some pears on Sunday, so I should probably make this…

  5. I love how easy and rustic fruit crisps are. Even though I love that it’s vegan, I might sub out the coconut oil. Do you think that might offer a bit more browning for the topping?

      • jeanine
        11.05.2014

        yep, you can sub in butter 🙂

        • Anastasia
          11.15.2017

          any other options please?! I don’t eat coconut oil or butter 🙁 but so want to bake it! thanks.

          • Jeanine Donofrio
            11.16.2017

            Hi Anastasia, it needs some kind of solid fat to get the crumble to crumble – vegan butter would work here. I don’t have a fat free version, sorry!

  6. This sounds amazing, and I love crisps and adore pears far beyond apples. This is a perfect late fall treat for sure!

  7. Paige from mymoderncookery.com
    11.05.2014

    Absolutely love walnuts, and they work beautifully in this. The addition of the ice cream?!? I’m sold. Can’t wait to try this one out!

  8. lol, this looks lovely! You totally should have named it “pair crisp.”

    • jeanine
      11.05.2014

      ha, thanks! Glad someone appreciates good puns 🙂

  9. oh I just made pear crisps. They are so good!! Not sure why appples get all the attention!! I personally would have loved the pair bake title!

    • jeanine
      11.05.2014

      thanks, ha, next time I’ll follow my instinct and go with my silly puns!

  10. jackie from myladleoflove.com
    11.05.2014

    Looks amazing! It’s a perfect dessert for 2.

  11. My (soon to be) 8 year old is going to love this. Oh… it has to be vanilla ice cream, doesn’t it? Just has to be for me! X

    • jeanine
      11.06.2014

      yep, definitely vanilla!

  12. Literally salivating over here! I loved your raspberry walnut crumble bars so I know what a walnut-y crumble topping will do to this crisp, not to mention the delicious baked pears you mention. Must make this soon! And I liked your pun, btw. 😉

    • jeanine
      11.06.2014

      thanks! Glad you like the raspberry bars!

  13. Luke from onehungrythespian.com
    11.06.2014

    I’m always in favour of a good pun, so dont hold back next time! There’s some brilliant beurre bosc pears around at this time of year so I’d be temped to sub in “beurre noisette” aka browned butter instead of coconut oil and call it double beurre crisp – purely because the name seems fun 😉

  14. Aarthi from tapasyablog.wordpress.com
    11.06.2014

    Perfect for the fall. Love the use of colors in your food and photos!

  15. Alice
    11.06.2014

    I try this dessert tonight and is simply delicious.

  16. Hi! Just stumbled upon your blog and thought to let you know it’s beautiful. Lovely photos and recipes; keep up the fantastic work! 🙂

  17. Dora from ziripiti.com
    11.07.2014

    lovely…
    I Love all your posts… And i Just share you blog ON mine, hope You dont care!
    Kiss

  18. Lovely recipe and thanks for sharing! I love pears! Is there a reason why you recommend using a 8″ square glass pan? Does it lock in the flavor more?

  19. ioulia
    11.18.2014

    The photo looks like it has dried cranberries in it. Or am I just imagining it? If it doesn’t, can I add some? Looks yummy!

    • jeanine
      11.18.2014

      it does – I added a few at the last minute – go ahead and add some, they’re delicious 🙂

  20. Avianti Jewelry
    11.28.2014

    Love all of your pear/apple crisp recipes! I’m ding for a chance to be able to make them. Saving this until then. Thank you!

  21. Heather
    01.17.2020

    Never would have thought to put apples and pears together. Very tasty. thanks for sharing

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.17.2020

      Hi Heather, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  22. Manisha
    05.14.2020

    this was so easy, quick, delicious and comforting. i made extra crumble and put it in the fridge so I can just throw it on the next ripe pears I see and toss it in the oven!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.15.2020

      I’m so glad you loved it!

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