Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans

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Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans. A healthy holiday dessert option.


They’re the type of dessert that you can stuff your face with guilt-free. They’re slightly sweet, spicy and come with a little crunch, thanks to the pecans.

Before we get to the recipe, can I tell you a little secret?

When I was a kid, I was the pickiest eater in the world.

There were 374561 different foods I would not eat or that I had to alter before I would eat them. Do you remember those Little Debbie fudgy brownies that were topped with chopped peanuts? I LOVED those brownies, minus the nuts. I would pick every single nut off of the top of those brownies before ate them. I was the same way with cookies, cakes and breads. If someone served cake, bread or cookies that contained nuts, I would pick out the nuts before I would eat the goodies. If I missed one and bit into it, I would quickly spit it out. I didn’t hate nuts. I just hated the texture. Much like I hated (and still do) the texture of fruit peels. Apples, pears and peaches, I do not like your peels. I never did and I don’t think I ever will. Ok, I can tolerate pear and peach peels when they’re cooked. They’re so thin it’s like they aren’t even there!


Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans. A healthy holiday dessert option.

Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans

These baked pears are a great healthy dessert option to serve after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Cinnamon, pecans and cranberries are traditional ingredients that are found in many holiday dishes. Their flavor profiles pair nicely with juicy pears.

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Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans is a super simple and healthy dessert recipe. These delicious pears are seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg for an extra boost of guilt free flavor!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 servings
  • 4 pears, such as bosc, bartlett or anjou (I used bartlett)
  • 24 fresh cranberries
  • 4 tbps chopped pecans
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, plus more, if needed
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, plus more, if needed.
  • 4 tsp raw honey
  • Greek yogurt for pairing, if desired
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Halve the pears and then core. I cored the pears with a cookie scoop but you can use a melon baller, too. Slice a small part off of the backside of each pear half to create a flat surface so the pear sits flat when laid on the pan.
  3. Place the pear halves on a large baking sheet or baking pan, cored side up. Place three cranberries into the cored part of each pear half. Sprinkle each pear half with about ½ tbsp of the pecans and then sprinkle each pear half with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Drizzle each pear half with ½ tsp of honey. I did this by squeezing the honey into a ½ tsp measuring spoon and then drizzling over each pear half.
  4. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes or until the pears are tender.
  5. Serve with Greek yogurt, if desired.
Nutrition content does not include Greek yogurt.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 pear half Calories: 90 Fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 16g Sugar: 11g Protein: 1g


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  1. says

    I am in LOVE!! I love baked pears very much and seriously think people need to have more pears :) Love the filling here..cranberries and honey? With some crunch!! Yum!!

  2. says

    Julie, my problem was the opposite when I was a kid. . I ate everything and had a very healthy appetite. :P love love love baked fruit and these pears are gorgeous!!! I love the honey, cranberries and pecans and the cinnamon and nutmeg make them so festive and perfect for the holidays. . LOVE this!!

    • says

      So glad you like this recipe, Alice!
      I’ve definitely expanded my interest and likes in the types of foods I will eat. I will usually at least give something a try now and I eat a lot more variety than I did when I was a kid! Thanks so much for stopping by, Alice! Hope you have a great Christmas and New Years!

  3. Joanne says

    Hi Julie – These look delicious to eat anytime of the year! Thank you for the recipe.

  4. says

    I was the worst eater as a kid too! My mom couldn’t even use a knife to spread mayo on my sister’s sandwich, then cut mine in half. I just KNEW. These pears, however, I can’t imagine anyone not loving. They are so stunning, and I love the flavors too!

    • says

      Ack, I had similar quirks – like stuff couldn’t touch each other, I wouldn’t eat anything that had come in contact with fresh tomato. I’m glad I eventually grew out of that, for the most part!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for the compliments, Erin! Hope you have a great Christmas and New Years! :)

    • says

      OMG, they did make my house smell SO good! Now I need to find a way to make my house smell like them ALL the time.

      Hope you have a Happy New Year, Pamela. And thanks for stopping by, too! :)

  5. says

    You made me laugh. I bet your parents are bowled over that you are a food blogger of all things!!!! Well I have always liked baked pears. Mom had a dessert with baked pears when I was a kid that was my all time favorite dessert. Your recipe reminded me I had made it in years. I had to pin this one, because I knew I would automatically like it.

    • says

      I know, no one would have ever guessed that I would end up being a food blogger (and liking a variety of foods, too!) when I was a kiddo! Thanks so much for stopping by, Carol. Hope you have a Happy New Year! :)

  6. says

    Oh, don’t worry, I would definitely stop for coffee in the middle of a long walk … I’d have a bit of trouble getting the hubby to do that, though, unfortunately.
    Great idea to make something with fruit … I’m feeling like such a fat piggy today with all the tempting chocolatey things I’ve got hanging about. Love the photos, too!

    • says

      I need to do about 10 more of those walks with all of the food and beer I had over the past week. So right now, I’m doing the low carb thing and making myself exercise every day (that started today haha!).

      Hope you have a great New Years, Helen. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. says

    It looks yummy..!!!! It’s a unique combination of baked pears and Cranberries along with honey. I will surely try this dish at home. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  8. says

    Love the pit stop to SB! If I do make it on a walk, I always reward myself with a trip to the ice cream sundae shop. :)
    I have to say these are the most beautiful pears I’ve ever seen! Simply gorgeous!

    • says

      Now there ya go, that’s perfect. Walk to the ice cream shop to burn off the ice cream calories. LOVE it! Thanks so much for stopping by, Gloria. Have a great weekend!

  9. Myrthe says

    These are lovely! They popped up on my Pinterest by accident and I decided to make them for my health-conscious parents. They loved it, even my not-into-fruit-or-health-food boyfriend loved it! They’re very simple but they look and taste elegant and luxurious. Thanks for the recipe, I will be making them more often!

    • says

      Hi Myrthe,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know you and your family enjoyed the recipe. I appreciate it and am happy you enjoyed. :)


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