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Baked Hassleback Pears

Just barely sweet, yet still indulgent, Baked Hassleback Pears are a sophisticated dessert nobody will believe are a cinch to put together! This lightened-up dish is made without gluten or refined sugars, with options to make it dairy-free, too. It's the perfect holiday dessert centerpiece, or an elegant dessert any night of the week.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: Gluten Free Hassleback Pears
Method: Bake
Author: Lexi Davidson


  • 4 Bartlett D'Anjou or Bosc pears, just barely ripe, cleaned and dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil divided
  • 1 cup 98 grams almond flour
  • ¼ cup 30 grams tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds


  • Pre-heat the oven to 400°F and coat a 9x13 or similar sized baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray (we use avocado oil).
  • Whisk together cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, allspice, cloves, sea salt and coconut sugar in a medium bowl.
  • Slice pears in half. Using a melon baller (or a small cookie scooper, or knife) remove the core and seeds from each pear and discard.
  • Carefully slice pears half to three-quarters of the way through. Be careful not to cut it all the way.
  • Add pears to the baking dish cut side down. Brush the tops with 1 tablespoon of butter and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the set-aside spice-sugar mixture.
  • Bake on the center rack for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add the almond flour, tapioca, sliced almonds, and remaining melted butter to the bowl with the sugar-spice mixture and stir together.
  • Once the pears are done, remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes to briefly cool.
  • Carefully fan open the pears as best as you can. Work some of the streusel in between the slices and then sprinkle the rest on top.
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until pears are easily pierced with a fork.
  • Serve warm as is, with caramel sauce, ice cream or greek yogurt!


Make sure to choose a pear that is firm, but ripe.
If you wish to serve less, you can halve the recipe and make it with just 2 pears for 4 servings.
This recipe was originally published in 2016, and updated and republished with new photos in 2020.