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Baked Pears with Vanilla Yogurt and Granola

Baked Pears with Vanilla Yogurt and GranolaYou can feel good about serving this wholesome and delicious fruit, yogurt and granola dessert to your family.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 medium pears (Bartlett or D'Anjou pears)
1/2 cup apple juice
1 cup water
1 tablespoon honey
3 (6-ounce) containers lowfat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup lowfat granola
Mint leaves (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cut pears in half lengthwise and remove core with a melon baller or small spoon. Place pears, cut side down, in a shallow baking dish just large enough to hold them.
  3. Pour apple juice and water over pears; drizzle with honey. Cover pan loosely with foil and bake about 35 minutes or until tender. While pears are baking, place granola in a shallow baking pan or pie plate and toast in oven 10 minutes; set aside.
  4. When pears are done, pour baking liquid into a small saucepan and reduce over medium heat until about 1/4 cup syrup remains; set aside to cool.
  5. Line a colander with paper towels and place over bowl to catch drips. Pour yogurt into colander and allow to drain about 30 minutes. Divide yogurt among 4 shallow bowls. Place warm pear half, cut side up, over yogurt. Top with toasted granola and drizzle with syrup. Garnish with a mint leaf, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories 240; Total Fat 2.5 g; Saturated Fat 1 g; Cholesterol 5 mg; Sodium 115 mg; Calcium 25% Daily Value; Protein 8 g; Carbohydrates 49 g; Dietary Fiber 3 g.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of 3-A-Day of Dairy.