Pear Tidbit

This easy-to-make pear dessert is sweet and light, uses no refined sugar and is topped with lemon zest. For an apple version of this dessert that is just slightly different, see “Raw Apple Crumble” recipe.

Chunky pears:
3 pears, cored and diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Pear sauce:
2 pears, cored and diced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
6 pitted Medjool dates, diced
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Zest of one lemon

Walnut-date Topping (optional):
½ cup walnuts
2 pitted dates, diced

In a bowl, toss the 3 diced pears with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and set aside. Next, in the food processor, blend the ingredients of the pear sauce (pears, lemon juice, dates, cinnamon and nutmeg) until smooth. Toss the sauce and diced pears together.

Place one-fourth of the pear mixture into 4 small dessert dishes. Sprinkle each with a dusting of lemon zest. For the optional walnut-date topping, blend the walnuts and 2 dates in a food processor until the texture is similar to Grape Nuts.

Notes: Use a variety of pear types if you like, and use the softest pears in the sauce. / To add an extra special flavor to this dessert, use Meyer lemons, whole nutmeg, and “true cinnamon” or Ceylon cinnamon (as opposed to Cassia cinnamon). / Don’t forget to pit each date, as the pits are very hard if bit down on.

Serves: 4; preparation time: 15 minutes; cooking time: 0 minutes

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