Holiday Hasselback Pears

Often overlooked, pears make a great alternative to the traditional apple-based fall desserts. Did you know there are over 3,000 varieties of pears? One medium-sized pear contains about 6 grams of fiber, which is almost a quarter of your daily fiber needs and encourages a healthy gut! You can substitute pears for apples in most recipes, including this recipe that was adapted from Cooking Light’s Hasselback Apple recipe.

This hasselback pear is a healthy, fruit-based dessert you can serve for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. It is easy to prepare with few ingredients, most of which are pantry staples.

Bonus tip: Cook pears ahead of time, stopping after step 4. Cool and refrigerate, complete steps 5 and 6 before serving!


2 large pears, cored and halved vertically

2 ½ tablespoons butter, melted and divided

1 tablespoons of sugar

3 tablespoons of brown sugar

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats

1 teaspoon whole wheat flour

¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Starting at the horizontal edge, slice most but not all the way through the pear at ⅛-inch intervals. To make things easier: place skewers/chopsticks on each of the long sides of the pear. Place pears on a greased 8-inch square baking dish.

  3. Combine white sugar, 1 tablespoon of butter and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Brush evenly over the pear.

  4. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.

  5. Combine remaining ingredients. Carefully fan pears open and spoon oat mixture evenly over pears. Bake for 10 minutes.

  6. Turn broiler on high and broil for 2 minutes.


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