Last night, my daughter made baked pears. We had some pears in the fridge that were pretty ripe and headed for the compost in a couple of days. Instead of being thrown out, my daughter made one of the best sugar-free desserts: baked pears. This recipe is super simple and delicious.
As a family, we’ve been trying to steer clear of sugar, but we do have sweet teeth. This recipe fulfilled that after dinner craving while being sugar-free.
Why should make sugar-free desserts?
My dietary habits have been influenced a lot by Dr. Hyman lately. He explains the danger of sugar:
A rigorously done new study shows that those with the highest sugar intake had a four-fold increase in their risk of heart attacks compared to those with the lowest intakes. That’s 400%! Just one 20-ounce soda increases your risk of a heart attack by about 30%…
In fact, the Institute of Medicine recommends getting no more than 25% of your total calories from added sugar. Really?? This study showed that your risk of heart attacks doubles if sugar makes up 20% of your calories.
Yet more than 70% of Americans consume 10% of their daily calories from sugar. And about 10% of Americans consume one in every four of their calories from sugar…
Here’s the simple fact: Sugar calories are worse than other calories. All calories are not created equal. A recent study of more than 175 countries found that increasing overall calories didn’t increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, but increasing sugar calories did — dramatically.http://drhyman.com/blog/2014/02/07/eggs-dont-cause-heart-attacks-sugar/
Sugar-Free Desserts: Baked Pears Recipe
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice each pear in half and scoop out the core. Use as many pears as you like. Place face down on cookie sheet.
- Rub the skins of the pears with coconut oil.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- In a blender, grind up almonds (1/4 per 3 pears). Mix with coconut oil (1 Tbs per 1/4 cup)
- Flip pears over and top with nuts. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Bake another 15-20 minutes until browned.
This recipe is so simple and a great way to curve your sugar cravings. I find that if I abstain for just three days from sugar, I no longer crave it.
This recipe is adapted from Indiaphile.