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September 25, 2022

Baked Apples and Pears

by Nadeen N. Risi, MS, RDN, LDN

These wonderful baked fruits give us the sense of fall without all the added sugar. You can use several types of apples and pears to bring out assorted flavors. With the addition of walnuts, you get some crunch in while adding nutrients like omega 3s, healthy fats, and fiber. A great substitution for the traditional pies.


10 minutes


30 minutes


8 servings


Cooking spray
2 medium pears, firm
2 medium Granny Smith apples
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons walnuts pieces
8 tablespoons fat free whipped topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly cover a 13” X 9” pan with cooking spray.
  2. Halve and core the apples and pears.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Brush the apples and pears with the butter mixture on the cut side. Add ~1 tsp walnuts to the center of each fruit.
  4. Arrange the apples and pears on the prepared baking dish. Bake 30 minutes, or until fork-tender, basting them after 15 minutes with the pan juices.
  5. After the apples and pears have cooked, add a small dollop of fat free whipped cream, and serve.

Nutritional Information (per serving): ½ fruit with walnuts

Calories: 80, Fat: 2g, Carbohydrates: 15g, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 0g, Sodium: 4mg

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