Cinnamon Pears with Popped Quinoa Almond Crumble

Chosen Team

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Peanut butter, almonds and Bosc pears come together beautifully in this decadent dish that is sure to be a new classic. Popping quinoa gives it a crunchy texture that works incredibly well as a savory crumble. Add a scoop of ice-cream and serve it as a dessert or plate it with a soft cheese to make it an appetizer.


Serves 8

Roasted Pears:

3 tbsp honey

3 tbsp dark brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp sea salt

Peel of 1 lemon, 6 to 8 long strips of lemon zest, using a peeler

1 cup water

8 firm but ripe Bosc pears

Chosen Foods Organic Chosen Blend Oil Spray for greasing


Quinoa Crumble:

Chosen Foods Organic Chosen Blend Oil Spray for greasing

1 tbsp almond or peanut butter

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado Oil

¼ tsp sea salt

¼ cup white quinoa

¼ cup chia seeds

¼ cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped

½ cup sliced almonds


For Serving:

Whole milk vanilla or plain yogurt, for drizzling

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Roast the pears:

Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, whisk to combine the honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, sea salt, lemon peels, and water. Slice the pears in half lengthwise, and scoop out the core and seeds with a melon baller. Lightly spray the pears with Organic Chosen Blend Oil Spray and place cut side down on a rimmed baking pan. Pour the sweetened cinnamon and lemon peel mixture over the pears and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the pears are tender and the sauce has caramelized and reduced to a syrup.

Pop the Quinoa:

Heat a deep sauce pot over medium-high heat until the surface is almost smoking. Add the dry quinoa to coat the bottom of the pan in one even layer. Turn the heat down to medium, cover the pot, and shake it until the individual grains are prompted to pop, while also ensuring that they don’t burn, about 1 to 2 minutes. Crack the lid once or twice to let the steam escape, once the grains are perfectly puffed and fragrant, immediately pour them onto a rimmed sheet tray to cool.

Make the Crumble:

Heat the oven to 350°F and grease a baking sheet with Chosen Foods Chosen Blend Oil Spray. In a medium bowl, stir to combine the nut butter, honey, oil, and salt. Add the popped quinoa, chia seeds, chopped almonds and mix to incorporate. Sprinkle in the sliced almonds and gently mix to distribute. Pour crumble mixture onto a sheet pan and bake for 8 minutes, until light golden brown.

Assemble the Dish:

You can go in many directions when serving this dish.

To serve individually, place 1 to 2 pear halves with some of their pan syrup on a plate with a drizzle or dollop of yogurt, sprinkle with the crumble and enjoy immediately.

To serve family style, line the pears on a platter, spoon over the residual pan syrup and sprinkle over the toasted crumble onto the pears. Serve the yogurt in a small bowl on the side.

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Note: Leftover quinoa crumble adds tons of crunch to toss into salads and to sprinkle over as a topping to yogurt or smoothies!