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Poached Pears {Recipe}

by Marissa on December 9, 2016

sugar free poached-pears-recipeEarlier this week I arrived to an acupuncture session with a nagging, dry cough. It ended up being the onset of the flu, but at the time, I didn’t know it. My acupunturist suggested a few remedies, including poached pears, which in Chinese Medicine, nourish the lungs. Something about poached pears sounded so good to me, but I knew most recipes use sugar, honey, wine or some combination of the three. I wanted my poached pears recipe to be free of added sugar. 

For this poached pears recipe I used D’Anjou pears. It’s important that the pears are ripe, but firm. Once the pears poach, you can drink the poaching water, which is also a treat. I topped my poached pears with dairy-free coconut yogurt. You could also drizzle some almond butter on top and sprinkle with granola. 

This recipe makes a delicious and festive healthy dessert or snack.


Poached Pears (Sugar-free)
Serves 2
A festive and healthy dessert or snack.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 2 ripe D'Anjou pears, peeled and halved
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 2 inched ginger, peeled and sliced
  4. 1 cinnamon stick
  1. dollop of coconut yogurt
  2. drizzle of almond butter
  3. sprinkle of granola or chopped nuts
  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add sliced pears along with ginger and cinnamon
  3. Turn the heat down to simmer and let the pears cook for 25-30 mins.
  4. They are done when you can easily pierce with a fork.
  1. Top with regular or dairy-free yogurt, almond butter or granola
  2. Optional: drink the poaching water
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