Recipe for Spiced Pears


  • 2 ripe pears, halved
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (or a combination of both)
  • 3 Tablespoons raisins or dried craisins (or a combination of both)
  • ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • ½-3/4 teaspoon cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, add OJ and mix in cornstarch. Microwave at 15-second intervals, stirring the mixture in between until it thickens
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together nuts, dried fruit, pumpkin spice and orange juice mixture
  4. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds of the pears
  5. Add ¼ of the nut/dried fruit mixture to the innard of each pear
  6. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size:1 pear half
  • Yield 4 servings
  • Calories 120
  • Carb 19 grams
  • Protein 1 gram
  • Fat: 4.5 grams
  • Sodium- 0
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Article by: Beth A. Ackerman, R.D.

Beth Ackerman, R.D., is a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator with the UofL Physicians – Diabetes and Obesity Center. Beth is on the team of educators of the ADA-approved diabetes education team at UofL Physicians. She has counseled people with diabetes for more than 25 years. Ackerman serves as the Diabetes Prevention Program Workgroup co-chair for the Kentucky Diabetes Network and volunteers at Camp Hendon, a diabetes camp for children.

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