One of my guilty pleasures is a single serve apple crisp on workout nights. This week, faced with a pear getting a little too ripe, I decided to change things up–including the whole way I make a crisp. I’m glad that I did, too. The change in the way I made this brings out the natural sweetness of the pear while not being too heavy on top of this more delicate fruit. I used a small, 4 inch cast iron skillet to bake mine in, but any 4 inch (approximate) baking dish will work.
Single Serve Pear Crisp
One ripe pear, cored and sliced
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 Tablespoon brown rice syrup*
1 Tablespoon unsweetened non dairy milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon chopped walnuts, optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and prepare baking dish by lining with parchment or spraying with a nonstick spray
- Layer pear slices in the baking pan, covering the bottom and criss-crossing remaining pieces. Sprinkle with 1.2 teaspoon of the cinnamon.
- In a small bowl, add oats, syrup, milk, vanilla, remaining cinnamon, and walnuts (if using).
- Mix until the oats are sticky and everything is combined.
- Sprinkle the crumble on top of the pear slices.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes until top is golden.
- Allow to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes.
*I only tried this with brown rice syrup. Maple syrup or agave may be substituted but isn’t as thick so may not yield exact same results.