Cardamom Baked Pears Stuffed with Cranberries and Raisins

Cardamom baked pears stuffed with cranberries and raisins are a healthy treat that satisfies your sweet palate. Low in fat, calories, and sugar.

I’m starting the year off right with delicious desserts that are healthy yet satisfies my sweet palate.

Low-fat, low sugar, low calorie cardamom baked pears stuffed with cranberries and raisins. Bakerette.com (dessert, low fat, vegan and vegetarian friendly)

These cardamom baked pears stuffed with cranberries and raisins, walnuts, agave and topped with a sprinkle of cardamom are a delicious treat packed with antioxidants! They are low in fat, low in sugar, and low in calories, yet are filling!

Low-fat, low sugar, low calorie cardamom baked pears stuffed with cranberries and raisins. Bakerette.com (dessert, low fat, vegan and vegetarian friendly)

I’ve been really researching health and nutrition and trying to concoct recipes that are not only delicious, but low fat, filling, and satisfying.

Treats are problem foods that are like addictions. But one of the ways we can satisfy cravings, control our appetite, and feel full involves tricking our brain. There are a couple of simple ways to do this:

Eat more fiber

Fiber is roughage from plants, like beans, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Fiber signals your brain that you are full. Fiber holds water, so it is heavy and bulky and tricks your brain into thinking you’ve eaten a lot.

Avoid high-fat foods

Just one gram of fat equals 9 calories, versus carbohydrates that are 4 calories per gram–that is less than HALF. These are GOOD carbs like beans, whole grains, whole grain pasta, and potatoes. However, when you top these good carbs with fat, you defeat the purpose. Skip the fatty additions and the foods are fine.

Your stomach can tell how heavy and bulky your food is. When you eat, eventually your body will reach the point that it feels full–this is called your satiety point. When you eat foods that don’t weigh that much or aren’t bulky (i.e., cheese and meats), it takes longer for your stomach to signal your brain that you are full; thus you eat more fatty foods and end up eating more calories than you bargained for.

For example, calories in cheese comes from 70% fat. Contrast that with healthy vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains. They are very low in fat, have lots of fiber and hold water making them heavy and bulky, which signals your brain earlier on that you are full. Thus you eat less fat and less calories.

Eat low glycemic foods

Did you know your brain runs on glucose (sugar)? When your blood sugar runs low, it triggers your brain to eat something to bring it back up. Keep in mind that what goes up, must come down. So when you eat low glycemic foods, your blood sugar stabilizes, thus reducing your appetite and cravings. You can Google the web to find out lists of low glycemic foods.

This dessert is one that will satisfy your palate. It’s:

Sweet

Filling

Juicy

Lightly spiced

Low in fat

Low in calories

Low in sugar

Low-fat, low sugar, low calorie cardamom baked pears stuffed with cranberries and raisins. Bakerette.com (dessert, low fat, vegan and vegetarian friendly)

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you might also like this dessert for chocolate chia pudding with blueberries and sliced almonds:

Chocolate for breakfast? Yes please! Chocolate chia pudding is so healthy you can eat it for breakfast, yet so creamy, rich and chocolaty it tastes like dessert! Bakerette.com (dairy free, healthy, breakfast, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free)

xoxo Jen

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Baked Cardamom Pears with Cranberries and Raisins
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 pears, halved and cored
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 4 tablespoons cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons agave or pure maple syrup + more
  • 4 teaspoons finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • Confectioners sugar, to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahreheit.
  2. Cut pears in two and remove core to form a divet in the center of the pear.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together raisins, cranberries, agave, and walnuts. Divide mixture evenly placing the mixture in the pockets of the pears.
  4. Transfer to baking dish, drizzle with more agave or maple syrup, if desired, and sprinkle with cardamom. Cover with foil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until fork tender. Remove and sprinkle with confectioners sugar, if desired. Serve while warm.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/2 pear Calories: 95 Fat: 1.7g Saturated fat: 0.0g Unsaturated fat: 0.0g Trans fat: 0.0g Carbs: 20.6g Sugar: 13.1g Sodium: 2mg Fiber: 3.9g Protein: 1.2g Cholesterol: 0mg

 

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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