The holiday season tends to be a season of indulgence. My warm and rich rum and honey roasted pears allow you to indulge mindfully, cutting out excess sugar and inflammatory ingredients, but sacrificing none of the flavor.
I love pears for their subtle sweetness, which becomes amplified after roasting in the oven. Dark rum, which is aged in wooden casks, adds its characteristic deep, smoky-sweet flavor. You can also substitute that for port, brandy, or sweet wine.
If you’ve recently made any of my infused honey recipes, this is a great opportunity to put them to use. I use my juniper infused honey here, which offers some great benefits from the juniper berries, like:
- High monoterpenes content (limonene, camphor, and beta-pinene)—known for anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. (1)
- Antidiabetic effects (found in animal studies). (2)
- Promotes heart health. (3)
You’ll love the warming spice that comes with fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks. Finally, top these roasted pears with a healthy dollop of your favorite non-dairy yogurt. The creaminess and tang is unbeatable in a recipe like this.
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- 4 medium-sized pears
- 2 ½ ounces dark rum (no preservatives or added flavors)
- 2 whole cinnamon sticks
- 1 ½ teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
- ⅔ cup raw honey
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons grass-fed ghee, melted
- Dairy-free yogurt, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cut pears in half.
- Use a spoon or melon baller to scoop out the core.
- In a small sauce pot on medium heat, add rum, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and simmer on medium for 1 minute.
- Then, reduce the heat to low and whisk in honey, water and vanilla until thick.
- Place pears in a baking dish and drizzle half of the rum honey sauce and ghee over them.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until pears are tender.
- When the pears are finished, drizzle the rest of the rum honey sauce on top and sprinkle on walnuts.
- Serve warm with a scoop of dairy-free yogurt (optional). Enjoy!
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- Kozioł, Agata et al. “An overview of the pharmacological properties and potential applications of natural monoterpenes.” Mini reviews in medicinal chemistry vol. 14,14 (2014): 1156-68.
- Ju, Jung Bong et al. “Comparison between ethanolic and aqueous extracts from Chinese juniper berries for hypoglycaemic and hypolipidemic effects in alloxan-induced diabetic rats.” Journal of ethnopharmacology vol. 115,1 (2008): 110-5.
- Huang, Haohai et al. “Effects of Berries Consumption on Cardiovascular Risk Factors: A Meta-analysis with Trial Sequential Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.” Scientific reports vol. 6 23625. 23 Mar. 2016.