Raw Spiced Pear Cobbler Recipe

Jen Hoy
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4

This easy, gluten free, raw pear cobbler recipe is perfect in the fall when pears are at their sweet, juicy best. This is a healthy, satisfying treat that can serve as a snack, dessert or even part of breakfast. Pecans, walnuts, coconut, dates, spices, and pure organic extracts create a lovely crumble topping with lots of flavor. The cobbler holds nicely for a couple of days in the refrigerator and can be eaten on its own or paired up with a topping. We love this dessert plain, but for those of you who want something creamy as an accompaniment, try ​Vanilla Tofu Whip, Walnut Cream or Almond Cream. My husband sometimes eats this perched on top of a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast!

What You'll Need

  • 1 ½ pounds (5-6 cups) of pears*, cored and cut into 1” chunks
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (vegan) or raw honey (non-vegan) or maple syrup (not a raw sweetener but delicious!)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup walnut pieces or hazelnuts
  • ½ cup pecan pieces
  • 5 large Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg or mace
  • Pinch of sea salt

How to Make It

  1. Gently toss the fruit with the agave, lemon zest and juice, ginger and vanilla extract. Divide the fruit amongst 4 dessert glasses (or place in a single 8” serving dish) and set aside.
  2. Place the remaining ingredients — coconut, walnuts, pecans, dates, almond extract, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, ​and salt — in a food processor and pulse the mixture until it is coarsely ground but still has texture.
  1. Divide the mixture between the 4 dessert dishes, scattering evenly over the top to form a thick “crust”.
  2. The crisp can be served immediately or chilled.

*My preference is for the firm, flavorful and juicy Bosc or Anjou pear. If you want an extra juicy cobbler, add one or two Bartletts, which are very soft, super juicy pears. Copyright 2012 by Jen Hoy