Pear Blueberry Crisp

This easy pear crisp is the type of dessert I grew up with, so every time I make I am reminded of my childhood. My Mom cooked a lot of “meat and potatoes” kind of meals for our family, but everyone in the family enjoyed a little dessert every so often and Mom could throw a dessert like this one together in minutes and since it was fruit based it is actually pretty good for you too!

I noticed the other day as I was preparing dinner that I had pears had ripened too quickly and needed to be used up soon, so I threw together this easy pear crisp while our dinner was in the oven and we enjoyed it for dessert warm with a dollop of low fat topping. I always keep a few packages of dried berries on hand, and added some dried wild blueberries to my pears which was a great match. Although I feel the crisp is best served warm, preferably with a nice scoop of frozen yogurt or low fat topping, it is just as good the next day cold for breakfast (or so I’m told). Unlike many desserts, you can change the ingredients as you prefer depending on the season, using apples, peaches, or plums instead of the pears, using other dried or fresh berries in place of the blueberries, or adding chopped toasted nuts to the topping and the recipe will always turn out well.


Why Healthy

  • I decreased the amount of butter used in the original recipe and melted it so the butter I did use would go farther.
  • The topping includes heart healthy oats, walnuts and flax seeds.
  • Fruit based desserts such as this one add nutritional value to a meal and are not simply empty calories but are very satisfying and delicious.



Pear Blueberry Crisp

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins


2 Pounds Ripe Pears (About 4 Medium Large Pears), Peeled, Cored & Chopped
1 Cup Dried Wild Blueberries (Or Fresh or Frozen)
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
3/4 Cup All-purpose Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
3/4 Cup Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
1 Teaspoon Ground Flax Seeds
1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
5 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract


Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Butter a 9 inch casserole dish well.
In a bowl, toss together the pears, blueberries, sugar, and cinnamon.
Dump the fruit into your casserole dish and spread evenly across the bottom.
In another bowl, combine the oats, flour, walnuts, brown sugar, flax seeds, and cinnamon.
Add the melted butter, and using your fingers rub the butter into the other ingredients well until you have a crumbly mixture.
Sprinkle the topping over the pears evenly covering them and bake until the top is golden brown and the fruit is bubbly, about 45 minutes.
If the top browns too quickly, cover with aluminum foil.
Serve warm with a scoop of low fat vanilla frozen yogurt or low fat whipped topping.


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