Walnut Pear Crisp

A delicious, simple spiced pear crisp for 2 made with nutmeg, cinnamon & coconut oil. The easiest fall dessert! Vegan and gluten-free.

Walnut Pear Crisp

It took everything in me to not title this one “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).

Bad puns aside, I love desserts that are easy to make in small portions. Because if I made this large enough to serve 4, it would still serve the two of us. Just one more bite after one more bite, and it would be all over. We have no control.

Walnut Pear Crisp

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 bakes in about half the time. Which is just enough time to wash the dishes, pour two after-dinner cocktails and cuddle up on the couch with two spoons.

Walnut Pear Crisp


Walnut Pear Crisp

 
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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 oat/walnut topping.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the pears are soft but not too mushy.
  6. Serve with 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.

To serve more, double the recipe and bake in an 8" square glass pan (or similar). Adjust cooking time accordingly.

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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…
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  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!

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