Happy Saturday everyone! Even though I’m headed out shortly to spend the day the Green Festival DC, I have some exciting news. A month or two ago I found this wonderful recipe challenge online called The Recipe ReDux. It’s a monthly challenge created by Registered Dietitians (RDs) and it focuses on creating nutritional but tasty alternatives. You don’t have to be an RD to participate, but you do need to be a member. I submitted Gathering Green and was ecstatic when I was accepted just a few hours later! Unfortunately, my acceptance meant that I only had 3 days to create a recipe that other members had been planning for 3 weeks. But since the word “no” isn’t really in my vocabulary (really, it’s an issue) I accepted the challenge and said I’d post in the September link up rather than waiting until October.
Lucky for me, this month was a relatively easy theme as it had the specification “no bake” attached to it. So I used my commute home on Wednesday to brainstorm recipes. I’ll explain more about the other specifications later but for now let me explain how The Recipe ReDux works. On the 1st of each month I will receive a theme. I then have until the 21st to test, create, and write about my recipe. All the recipes must be relatively healthy and follow whatever guidelines were set out in this month’s rules. Then on the 21st of the month I will post my recipe here, as will all the other members. At the bottom of the post you’ll see a link up with the other member’s creations. You can also access this on the main Recipe ReDux website as well.
So without further ado, my first challenge was to create a “No-cook dessert”. The raw trend is up and coming in the health food industry and many people are now looking for raw alternatives to popular recipes. These “no-cook desserts” were to be quick and easy, just like I like my healthy food to be as well!
I knew right away that I wanted fruit in my no-cook dessert. I thought about the fruit that I received in this week’s CSA; kiwi berries, apples, and pears. I thought about creating something with the kiwiberries but since I had never used them before, and The Recipe ReDux tries to stay away from overly foreign ingredients, I decided to nix that idea. I could do apples but as much as I love apple desserts, they’re overdone in the fall sometimes. That left me with pears. What I created is quick, easy, and healthy. To make this vegan, simply skip the honey.
No Bake Stuffed Pears
No Bake Stuffed Pears
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: raw dessert vegetarian sugar-free fall
Ingredients (3-4 pear halves)
- 2 or 3 medium sized pears
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
- 1 tablespoon honey, plus 1 teaspoon for garnish
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Cut pears in half and using a melon baller, or small spoon, hollow out the center. Don’t scoop out all the way down to the skin, but rather only create an indentation to put the filling in.
In a small bowl, mix together remaining ingredients.
Using a spoon, stuff the center of the pear with the almond butter mixture. Add additional pecans and honey to garnish.