Healthy Guilt-Free Desserts

Maple Roasted Pears

This decadent dessert is packed with healthy fats from cashews, antioxidants from dark chocolate and crave-crushing fiber from pears. Dig in, guilt-free!

Maple Roasted Pears

Ready in 30 minutes (2.5 hours, including cashew soaking time) • Makes 4 Servings


  • ⅓ cup unsalted cashews
  • 4 pears, sliced in half lengthwise and cored
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 ounces 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne powder, optional
  • ¼ cup chopped unsalted pistachios


  1. Place cashews in a bowl, cover with water and soak for two hours or more.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place pear halves in a baking dish cut side up and add 1/3 cup water. Place ginger slices in water. Drizzle lemon juice over pears and brush tops with maple syrup. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, drain cashews, then place in a blender along with 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon water. Blend until very smooth. In a small saucepan, combine cashew cream, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and optional cayenne. Cook over low heat until chocolate is melted, stirring often. Stir in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if sauce is too thick.
  4. Serve baked pear halves topped with chocolate sauce and pistachios.

Nutrients per serving Calories: 314, Total Fats: 14 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 7 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 46 g, Dietary Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 28 g, Protein: 5 g, Iron: 3 mg