The Recipe ReDux Challenge: No Bake Stuffed Pears

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

Recipe ReDux September

No Bake Stuffed Pears

by Emily

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.

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12 Responses to The Recipe ReDux Challenge: No Bake Stuffed Pears

  1. Dina September 27, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    great healthy snack!

    • Emily September 28, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      Thanks, Dina! They’re great the day after too. I made some on a Friday then stored them in the fridge to eat for breakfasts and snacks.

  2. Cindys Recipes and Writings September 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    I love pears, what a simple yet elegant dessert, Emily!

    • Emily September 24, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      Thanks, Cindy! I’ll definitely be making these again!

  3. Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff September 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    What a great idea! I love almond butter and pears together but never thought to do it like this!

    • Emily September 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      I had never tried the combination but I will definitely be doing it more often! Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. Anne|Craving Something Healthy September 22, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Never thought about stuffing pears, but why not! This sounds delish and so easy for a quick sweet treat!

    • Emily September 22, 2013 at 11:16 am #

      My thoughts exactly! Not sure where the idea came from but I decided to run with it.

  5. Glenda @ Healthy Stories September 22, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    Nice idea Emily and welcome to the Recipe ReDux! My most common ‘dessert’ is simply fruit and chopped nuts – the ultimate no-cook, quick and easy dessert – but I like what you have done as a different way to put it together while adding in a creamy texture.

    • Emily September 22, 2013 at 8:08 am #

      Fruit and nuts are always a winning combo in my book! Fruit in a dessert will automatically make me happy. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. EA-The Spicy RD September 22, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    Fabulous idea to stuff your pears! I love how simple this is, and, no doubt, delicious too! So glad your joined the ReDux & looking forward to more of your recipes 🙂

    • Emily September 22, 2013 at 8:06 am #

      Thank you! The idea just sort of came to me and I ran with it. I’m not a huge pear lover, but I was a fan of them once they’re stuffed 🙂