This Caramel Pear Crisp is a decadent and deliciously spiced dessert that’s perfect for the holidays. The caramel pear filling is spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and vanilla bean, and topped with a crunchy almond flour and pecan crisp topping. Don’t forget to serve this gluten-free, paleo, and vegan crisp with some whipped coconut cream!
Hi friends! How’s the Thanksgiving planning going, since we’re only two days out from the big day?! I’m still reeling with how fast this year has gone by, and I’ve barely planned a thing for my family’s Thanksgiving festivities.
Thankfully for me, I’m a little off the hook this year. Normally, I end up in charge with at least all the dessert and a few sides. But, this year, my sister and I are splitting our time between my dad’s family and my mom’s family. That means I just need to make sure there are some GF + vegan treats for the two of us.
One thing is for sure though: this Caramel Pear Crisp is definitely on the menu for us. I developed the recipe this past weekend for my own Thanksgiving meal. Upon tasting it, I decided I needed to get it photographed and posted so you too could enjoy this goodness for your own holiday feast. :)
Apples get a lot of love this time of year, but pears, despite their delicious juiciness, tend to get left behind. I’m guilty of it too. SO, I decided to make pears the *star* of this dish and give them the love and attention that they deserve.
What kind of pears are best for this crisp?
I used a combo of Anjou and Bartlett pears for this crisp. This crisp is best with a variety of pears to get a variety of textures and flavors. I wanted to use a few Bosc pears for the firmness, but none were ripe at the store. Luckily, the two varieties I did use provide incredibly fresh flavor and an amazing texture. The Bartletts break down, creating a delicious sauciness in the crisp, while the Anjous retain their shape and some firmness.
You’ll make a quick caramel-like sauce to coat the pears in. You’ll sweeten it with maple syrup and coconut sugar, and spice it up with cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. The warm, earthiness of the cloves along with the lemony cardamom and fragrant vanilla bean makes the perfect pairing here. Together, they complement the pear and caramel flavors wonderfully.
Once you’ve tossed the pears in the caramel sauce, you’ll pile them into a casserole dish and top them off with a paleo crumble topping. The crisp topping doesn’t use any oats. Instead, we use chopped flaked coconut to recreate the texture of the oats and pecans for nutty crunch.
You’ll bake it until golden and bubbling, and then it’s ready to serve! I like to serve it warm from the oven. However, you can let it cool and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
Whenever you serve it, make sure you serve it with vanilla ice cream or whipped coconut cream. Then, top it off with a big healthy drizzle of the three-ingredient no-cook caramel sauce. I hope you love this decadent caramel pear crisp as much as I do! Enjoy :)
Remember to #bakerita if you try the recipe!
Caramel Pear Crisp
- 2 pounds fresh pears I used a mix of Anjou and Bartlett, peeled, cored and sliced into ¼” slices
- ¼ cup coconut oil or ghee I used 4th & Heart's Vanilla Bean Ghee, use coconut oil to keep vegan
- 2 tablespoons (14g) tapioca flour
- 1 tablespoon water
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the crumb topping
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9” square or round casserole dish with coconut oil. Set aside.
- Place the sliced pears in a large bowl. Melt the coconut oil or ghee in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the tapioca flour to form a paste and then whisk in the water, coconut sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and vanilla extract. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 3 minutes to thicken and melt together before removing from heat and pouring the caramel sauce over the sliced pears. Toss to coat all of the pears, and pour into the prepared pan.
- For the crumble topping, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, cardamom, cinnamon, flaked coconut, maple syrup, coconut oil, and pecans in a mixing bowl. Stir until the dry ingredients are completely moistened and then crumble evenly over the pears.
- Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake 45-50 minutes or until the pears are tender and the crisp is bubbling, and the crumble is golden brown on top. Tent with foil if the pie starts to brown too quickly!
- For the caramel sauce, whisk together the cashew butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until the ingredients are melted together, and whisk to combine.
- Serve warm or let cool before serving with caramel sauce. I recommend serving with dairy-free vanilla ice cream or whipped coconut cream. Keep any leftovers stored in the refrigerator.