Vegan Pear Crisp

BY : PUBLISHED : November 28th, 2021 UPDATED: December 7th, 2021

Thinly sliced pears layered with brown sugar and topped with a vegan buttery cinnamon-oatmeal streusel baked to a golden caramelized perfection. This Pear Crisp is an overload of all your favorite fall flavors and aroma in every sweet and crunchy layer. 

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We’re so happy to share this super delicious and Easy Pear Crisp recipe sponsored by our friends at Bakery on Main, using their certified gluten-free quick oats. This is a fun and different way to enjoy this classic fall fruit in dessert form. 

We all know that apples are always front and center when it comes to fall fruit, but we feel like pears also deserve some love from us! They are crisp, juicy, generally sweet, and a lot less expensive. You can enjoy them as they are or turn them into this wickedly delicious treat! You would not believe how good your kitchen will smell as you bake this! All it takes are a few pantry staples, as well as a pair of your autumn prime pears.

Why We Love this Recipe

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  • Quick and Easy. This deconstructed version of a classic pie is one of the easiest desserts you can make! You can still enjoy all the great flavors and textures but with less fuss and effort!
  • Perfect for the holidays. This Easy Pear Crisp recipe is full of warm and comforting flavors of Christmas! Taking a bite of this pear crisp evokes warm recollections of home and family.
  • Healthy. Pears run neck to neck with apples in terms of nutritional benefits. It is an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants that helps boost our digestive and immune systems. Also, the Bakery on Main quick oats contain 1.5G Beta Glucans per serving, is a good source of fiber, and heart healthy!

Ingredients Needed to Make Easy Pear Crisp

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One of the best things about this crisp pear recipe is that it uses ingredients you most likely already have on hand. As always, the printed recipe box at the bottom of the post includes precise measurements and detailed cooking directions.

  • Ripe pears  – the best pears to use for baking are the firm and fleshy ones like Bartlett, Bosc, and Anjou.
  • Brown sugar – For a dash of sweetness and hint of caramel flavor.
  • All-purpose flour – gives the streusel topping structure and produces tender crumbs.
  • Quick oats  – We love using the quick oats from Bakery on Main for many reasons including the fact that they are Purity Protocol Oats, have a Whole Grain Council Stamp, and are non-GMO project verified. They also add more body and texture to the topping. You can also use old-fashioned rolled oats if you want larger crumbles as a substitute.
  • Cinnamon and Allspice – these classic fall spices give a warm, earthy flavor with citrusy and floral notes.
  • Vanilla extract – adds a delicate flavor and aroma.
  • Vegan butter – It brings the toppings together while giving it a rich flavor.
  • Salt – intensifies the flavor of the spices and vanilla.

How to Make this Easy Pear Crisp

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Preparations:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a baking 8×8 dish with an oil spray.
  • Melt vegan butter at room temperature or in the microwave.

Steps:

  1. Arrange the sliced pears in the prepared casserole dish. Coat them with brown sugar and set them aside.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon, spatula, or your hands to combine everything well.
  3. Spread the oat streusel onto the pears and sprinkle more brown sugar if you prefer.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes.

Tips for the Best Pear Crisp

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  • Do not use overripe pears or pear types that are too juicy. This will make your dessert soggy and unappealing.
  • Slice pears in thin equal sizes.. This will ensure that they bake evenly.
  • Check to see if the pears are tender, if they’re not yet, bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Keep an eye on your topping. If you find your topping starts to brown too quickly, wrap it with aluminum foil. This will prevent the topping from being burnt.

Possible Variations

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  • You can add some crushed pecans or other nuts to the topping for more crunch.
  • Add some apple slices and you will have yourself a delicious Pear and Apple crunch! You can also pair it up with Plums and Apricots.
  • Serve with ice cream or cool whip on top!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between a crumble and a crisp?  Today, the terms crumble and crisp are often used interchangeably because their differences are minor. Both contain fresh fruits, but the streusel tops differ primarily because crisp toppings have oats, which crisp up during baking, whereas crumble toppings remain dense and cakey.
  2. Can I use canned pears?  In this dish, fresh ripe pears are still preferred. A soggy, watery Pear Crisp is not what we desire.
  3. How do we know that pears are ripe? Some fruits mature from the inside out, so just glancing at them won’t guarantee you good results. The best way to know if pears are ripe is by pressing the base of their necks gently, near the stem. If they yield to a bit of pressure, they are ready to eat!
  4. What if my pears are still not ripe? I suggest putting them next to other fruits such as bananas or apples. The ethylene released by these fruits will naturally aid in the ripening process. You may place them in the vegetable crisper and they can last up to 3 weeks.

Storing Pear Crisp

  • Make-ahead pear crisp can be stored using an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. They are also freezer-friendly. All you need to do is cover the crisp with aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months. You can bake it at 350 degrees F until it is golden and crisp.
  • Leftover pear crisp can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Cover the baking dish with a lid, foil, or plastic wrap. You can also use an airtight container that is oven and microwave-safe.

Can’t get enough of Pears? Why not try these equally delectable treats that your family and friends will surely love.

  1. Baked Pears – Because it is so gorgeous and elegant, it may appear to be a bit difficult to eat as you just don’t want to ruin it. And once you start devouring this work of art, you can’t stop.
  2. Apple Pear Pie – In this dish, you’ll find two of the tastiest fall and winter fruits. You can’t go wrong with this easy-to-make but delicious pie.
  3. Almond and Pear Thumbprint Cookies – These sweet, cinnamon cookies are a snap to make, and healthy too. They’re filled with all the goodness of almonds and have a dollop of sweetened pear jam on top.

 

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Easy Pear Crisp

Toni Okamoto
This Pear Crisp is quite the treat! The pears and oats make this dessert that much sweeter, nutricious, and so delicious!
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 350 kcal
METHOD Oven
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 3 large pears ripe , thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup brown sugar divided (plus more for sprinkling on top)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ¼ Tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ Tablespoon allspice
  • ½ Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vegan butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a baking 8x8 dish.
  • Place the sliced pears in the prepared baking dish and mix in ¼ of the brown sugar
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, salt, allspice, cinnamon, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix until well-combined.
  • Spoon the oat mixture onto the pears and spread evenly. Sprinkle with more brown sugar (optional).
  • Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Check to see if the pears are tender, if they’re not yet, bake for another 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 713mgPotassium: 218mgFiber: 5gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 750IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
Keyword dessert, fruit, fruit crisp, pear crisp, pears, vegan, vegan pear crisp, vegetarian
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