Easy Baked Pears (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Perfectly baked pear halves in a white baking dish with scoops of vegan ice cream

Move over apples, there’s a new baked dessert in town, and her name is pears. 

I must admit, I always liked the idea of baked pears more than I imagined enjoying them, especially when compared to an apple crisp (my all-time favorite fall dessert). But I must say, this dish stole my heart.

We shared it with neighbors and they said it was “perfection,” and I have to agree. I was literally spooning every last bit of caramel sauce and melty ice cream into my mouth while savoring the last few bits of buttery pears. Friends, this is a must for fall.

This is the perfect dish to serve this holiday season and beyond. It’s elegant, simple (just 30 minutes and 1 dish required), and incredibly delicious. Let us show you how it’s done!

Avocado oil, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut sugar, pears, and lemons

It starts with halving the pears and removing the cores. Leaving the stems attached adds an extra layer of elegance for the final presentation.

Baking dish of halved pears topped with maple syrup, coconut sugar, and spices

Then the pears are drizzled with coconut or avocado oil for more caramelization and sprinkled with coconut sugar and maple syrup to enhance the natural sweetness. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger add fall flavor and apple cider vinegar and lemon juice add a pleasant tartness.

This mixture actually ends up creating a fuss-free, caramel-esque sauce that’s perfect for drizzling over the pears and ice cream for serving!

Coconut sugar, lemons, and cinnamon next to a pan of easy baked pears

The pears are baked cut-side down until tender, and then baked cut-side up for a few minutes more to get beautifully caramelized. It’s that easy!

Bowl of cinnamon baked pears and vegan vanilla ice cream

We hope you LOVE these baked pears! They’re:

Tender
Buttery
Perfectly sweet
Cinnamon-spiked
Caramelly
& Delicious!

This is the perfect dessert for the holidays and beyond! For something extra special, top with coconut whipped cream or vegan vanilla ice cream.

More Holiday Dessert Recipes

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Baked pears and melted vegan vanilla ice cream in a white baking dish

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 4 (Servings)

Course Dessert

Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan

Freezer Friendly No

Does it keep? 2-3 Days

  • 4 small to medium pears, just ripe (we like Bartlett // organic when possible since we’ll leave the skin on)
  • 2 tsp melted coconut or avocado oil (omit if oil-free)
  • 3-4 Tbsp coconut sugar (or sub organic cane sugar // sub up to half with stevia to taste*)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger (or sub fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and set out a 9×13-inch (or similar size) baking dish.

  • Halve pears and remove and core with a small spoon or measuring spoon. Leave stem on for a more elegant presentation (optional). Place cut-side up in your baking dish.

  • Top evenly with oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice.

  • Flip pears cut-side down and bake for 20 minutes (uncovered). Then carefully remove from oven, flip cut-side up, and bake for an additional 5 minutes to slightly caramelized the tops.

  • Enjoy as is or with vanilla coconut yogurt (we love Culina), Coconut Whipped Cream, or Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream! Drizzle with the remaining “caramel sauce” left over in the pan for extra flavor and decadence.
  • Best when fresh, though leftovers keep covered in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a 350-degree F (176 C) oven until warmed through. Not freezer friendly.

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with small pears, coconut oil, the lesser amount of coconut sugar, and without optional ingredients.

Serving: 1 baked pear Calories: 168 Carbohydrates: 39.1 g Protein: 0.6 g Fat: 2.5 g Saturated Fat: 1.9 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.18 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.27 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 3 mg Potassium: 206 mg Fiber: 4.9 g Sugar: 29.6 g Vitamin A: 38.52 IU Vitamin C: 9.33 mg Calcium: 27.61 mg Iron: 0.34 mg


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