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Cinnamon Baked Pears with Walnuts & Maple Syrup Recipe

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The cinnamon baked pears are cooked and on the table

If you need an easy, impressive (and surprisingly healthy) dessert recipe in your back pocket, our cinnamon baked pears are for you!

Picture this:

you’re not the best cook in the world and you’re knackered after a long shift.

Your date has just texted you to say they’re on their way round. You really want to impress them but there’s not enough time to make a nice dinner AND dessert.

Or there wouldn’t be, if you didn’t know the recipe for these cinnamon baked pears.

Here’s why:

Never baked a thing before? No problem. Baked pears with cinnamon couldn’t be easier to make, take only five minutes of prep, and always turn out great.

Out of cologne or perfume? Don’t fret. Stand next to the oven and waft the delicious cinnamon about the place. You and your flat will smell great.

And the best thing? Baked pears with cinnamon look fancy by default – as if you were dishing up some sort of Michelin Star/Gordon Ramsay type of thing. You’ll see.

Pears on a baking sheet topped with nuts and cinnamon

Health benefits of cinnamon baked pears

Our healthy baked pears recipe contains only 4 natural ingredients, but the star of the show is definitely the pear itself which has a surprising number of nutritional benefits!

Here’s an interesting fact about pears to further impress your date. (Being a proactive kind of guy I’ve mapped out the conversation for you. You’re welcome).

You: Did you know that eating pears seems to reduce the risk of heart related problems and of developing type 2 diabetes? You know, the serious blood sugar disease that affects millions and millions around the globe?

She/He: No way, really??

You: I know, I thought the same!! How can a fruit high in sugar be good against diabetes, right?! Well, it’s because pears contain loads of healthy nutrients including flavonoids. And that stuff helps to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation.

She/He: You’re so clever! I love your interesting and knowledgeable facts (smiles).

By this point, the conversation will be flowing and you can proceed without my help. Or, if you feel like you could use more pear-based conversation topics, check out some further health benefits of pears here.

The best type of pear for baking

This recipe should work with any kind of pear, but there are a few varieties which are known for being the best to bake with.

Anjou and Bosc varieties are a top pick for baking as they hold their shape and texture beautifully, but Bartletts and other varieties will still be delicious!

Baked pears on a plate with a drizzle of cream

Baked Pears FAQ

Got any questions on how to bake the perfect pear? We’ve covered the most common below, but if you still have questions just let us know in the comments section.

Will harder pears work with this recipe?

Yes, in fact it’s a great way to enjoy those pears that seem to stay hard in the fruit bowl forever! If they are very hard, you may want to leave them in the oven a little longer.

Should I serve baked pears hot or cold?

We think serving them warm is much tastier, but baked pears are still delicious when eaten cold.

How long will they keep for?

Baked pears can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. You can gently reheat them in the microwave or enjoy them cold.

Can I swap the walnuts for something else?

Definitely – this recipe should work nicely with chopped pecans, hazelnuts or almonds.

Do I need to use baking parchment?

No, we used the parchment to make sure our pears didn’t stick but you can certainly cook this recipe without it (there may just be a bit more washing up!)

Which kind of yogurt should I serve this with?

To keep our baked pears recipe healthy and vegan we used a plain soy yogurt, but you can pair it (no pun intended) with whichever dairy or non-dairy yoghurt you like.

What Our Readers are Saying

Still concerned that your cinnamon baked pears may not impress? Don’t be! Our fantastic readers have been busy whipping up this dish and sharing the results in the comments section:

These are light and delicious! I love baked apples and these are a step up in elegance! I am taking a big pan to a dinner party tonight. Serving them with vanilla or vanilla caramel ice cream for a little decadence!

Tammie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

So easy to make and delicious! My husband and my 2 year old gobbled these up. It really did take 5 minutes to prep like you said! I’ll be keeping this recipe. And as an added bonus, it was a healthy dessert. 5 stars for sure! Thank you!

Maya ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Loved baked stone fruits.. these pears are so simple yet delicious!

Thalia @ butter and brioche
Cinnamon Baked Pears
4.66 from 20 votes
Cinnamon Baked Pears. They are super simple to make, take only five minutes of preparation, 25 minutes of baking, and always turn out great.
Diet: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
Servings:4 pear halves



  • 4 tsp low fat soy yogurt (or dairy yogurt if you like – just keep it gluten-free if needed)


  • Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F).
  • Cut the pears in half.
    2 pears
  • Using a tablespoon scoop out the seeds of each half.
  • Fill with walnuts and drizzle about half a tsp of maple syrup over each half.
    3 tbsp walnuts, 2 tsp maple syrup
  • Finish them off with a few dashes of cinnamon powder.
    2 tsp cinnamon
  • Whack them onto a baking tray and off they go into the oven for about 25 minutes. Don't forget some gloves to take them out again 😉
  • Serve with some yogurt.
    4 tsp low fat soy yogurt
  • Done.


EQUIPMENT: You just need a solid baking tray, cool as. Recipe adapted from (what a great recipe, seriously!)
Please note that one serving for nutritional data is counted as one half pear and fillings.


Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Baked Pears
Serving Size
273 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipe Rating

  1. Loved baked stone fruits.. these pears are so simple yet delicious!

    1. 5 stars
      I love baked fruit…I “bake” my pears and apples in the microwave. I use a coffee mug, and cover it.
      For the pears cut a circle out of the bottom, going up far enough to remove the seeds. I swirl honey (or turbinado sugar) inside, and put a splash of white,or red, wine on top, cook for 2 mins…
      For the apples I core them. I stuff honey, cinnamon and a smidge of butter down inside, cook for 2 mins.
      Sometimes I peel the red pears (green and brown pears work best) I never peel the apples. Mostly because Im lazy lol..
      If you didnt want to use wine or butter you could definitely sub any juice, or maybe almond/coconut milk. I have several variations of these, oats added to the apple stuffing is so good.

      1. Hi Dianna!
        Oh wow, that’s a cool idea to prepare them!
        I want to use wine and butter, that sounds absolutely delish!!!
        Thanks so much for sharing, will try it out right away today 😀

  2. I’ve never tried to bake fruits, but this seems like a good idea, a very tasty one! 🙂

  3. Hey what a beautiful picture you shot. You nailed it, both for the click and the recipe!

    1. Thanks, thats’s really motivating to hear! 🙂

  4. Hey Howie! You motivated me to blog travel today and so glad I did. 😉 I don’t make a lot of desserts because of my sugar problem but these ingredients are perfect. I’m going to try these this week. Thank you!

    1. Glad to hear! To be honest I also don’t make a lot of desserts. But this one just fitted too well in our blog concept!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. It’s strange, I don’t like cinnamon but you’ve made these look so yummy I really want to make them!!

    1. thanks for the props! Really?? how can you not like cinnamon?! I put it on anything (almost).

  6. Haha – I love your solution to being out of cologne!!! This would be one intoxicating smell – and such an elegant looking dessert!

    1. Hi Sashi! Thanks a lot for reading 😀
      You could even make them for a weekend breakfast. I try to fit them in everywhere at the moment, haha

  7. I looove pears, and these look absolutely wonderful!! Such a delicious and guilt free dessert 🙂

  8. Will regular yogurt you buy from the grocery store work (i.e Yoplait)?

    How about Greek yogurt? Can you bake that? (Confession: baking yogurt sounds weird.)

    But I will try it as soon as I find out what kind of yogurt I can use. Thanks guys!

    1. Hi Sarah!
      Well, actually that might not have come out 100% clear in the description. It’s just plain natural yogurt that we used as a topping after we baked the pears.
      So, no baking yogurt included 🙂

  9. I’ve always have trouble with cooking pears. they are always hard when you buy them, and I don’t know how long before they ripen up. So do hard pears right from the store work on this recipe ?

    1. Hi Tom! Thanks for stopping by 😀
      Yes, that’ll work just fine. You’ll have to leave them in the oven a little longer though. I have the same problem over here in Germany. Most pears are still hard as stones in the supermarket. But they work anyway 🙂

  10. Do the nutrition facts provided include the walnuts, honey and yogurt?

    1. Hi Katie,
      Thanks for your question. Yes, it includes honey, yogurt and walnuts 🙂
      Sorry for not being clear on that!

      I hope they turn out well!

      1. 5 stars
        How lovely for you to respond so quickly, thank you. The pears came out delicious. I’m going to follow you on Instagram now. My focus is Vegetarian dining with a successful commitment to Weight Watchers too.

        1. You’re welcome, Katie!
          Ah, that’s cool – we definitely want to look more into veggie dinner recipes as well 🙂
          Awesome to hear that the baked pears came out great!!

  11. 5 stars
    yum…i have pears from harry and david that i recieved as a gift….was wondering what to do with them…cant wait to try this today..ty so much for posting.

    1. You’re welcome, Robin!!

      Hope your pears turn out great!! if you have time, I’d love to hear your feedback 🙂

  12. I just made these this morning and they were absolutely fabulous! Thanks for sharing! I mentioned you on my blog here: Cheers! 🙂

    1. Just checked out your blog, love the name 😀
      Plus the photos are super cool, thanks for sharing, Julie!!

  13. Are these best served warm or cold? They look so good. Can’t wait to try them

    1. Warm!! That is definitely much tastier
      Hope they turn out well 😀

      1. 5 stars
        I have been trying healthy recipes for my family.
        This is very easy and tasty. I baked pears today. I just used raw hibey and sigon cinnamon. I was delicious.

        1. Hey pb! Thanks for the positive feedback!! Glad you liked this one 🙂
          With he right inspiration I think it’s not too tough to eat healthy.

  14. 5 stars
    These are light and delicious! I love baked apples and these are a step up in elegance! I am taking a big pan to a dinner party tonight. Serving them with vanilla or vanilla caramel ice cream for a little decadence!

    1. That combo sounds excellent, Tammie!! I’m super excited you liked the pears, they are easy to make, right? 😀
      And yep, I think the smoother, less acidy taste of pears makes them so good for dessert. Oh, if you find the time, we’d be more than excited to see your creations for the party. If you use instagram, our account is “katfromhurrythefoodup”. Enjoy the party!! 🙂

  15. Was wondering if you might have a replacement in mind for the walnuts? If not, would the cooking time change much without them? Food allergies are no fun.

    1. Hi Lin!
      Can you eat almonds or hazelnuts? I think both would work really well. Make sure to chop those nuts though 🙂
      Yeah, allergies can be very annoying I bet!

  16. 5 stars
    So easy to make and delicious! My husband and my 2 year old gobbled these up. It really did take 5 minutes to prep like you said! I’ll be keeping this recipe. And as an added bonus, it was a healthy dessert. 5 stars for sure! Thank you!

    1. Hi Maya,
      so cool to hear you liked the recipe! Yep, we really try to find the quick and tasty ones, glad we achieved it with this recipe 🙂

  17. Oh… These look absolutely fantastic! I have a couple of pears, two different kinds, but both quite juicy and sweet and this will be perfect. I’ll have them tonight for dessert!

    1. Yaaayy 😀
      These are awesome, indeed!

  18. 4 stars
    What is considered a serving? One half or two halves?
    So easy to make. They are cooking right now. Can’t wait to try them

    1. Hi Mary! How did they turn out? We considered a serving to be two halves. Yes, really easy to make aren’t they?? I was surprised the first time too 🙂

  19. All of your recipes are so great; I really can’t pick out just one. And this baked pear recipe is going to be great this fall. Thank you!

    1. Aww, thanks for the warm words, Margaret! Yeess, this pear recipe is awesome, but let’s enjoy the summer just a little longer till we start of with autumn again hahhaha

  20. How about using pecans?

  21. looks delicious. What’s the parchment paper for?

    1. Yeees, they are 🙂
      I just wanted to make sure the pears wouldn’t stick.

  22. Hi. I am going to try this recipe with the ever-hard pears from my sister-in-law’s tree. If this works out, maybe she can stop ignoring them.
    Just to let you know, the word cinnamon is spelled incorrectly in the title of the printer-friendly version of the recipe.

    1. Hi! Arrr that’s one word I somehow always end up misspelling, thanks for pointing it out. Enjoy the recipe, hope it softens up and improves the pears for you all!

  23. 5 stars
    Oh My Buddha! These were amazing. I am so lazy, and these were so easy (I made a swap for the walnuts). I used a melon baller to remove the seeds, splashed some maple syrup on a plate, added the cinnamon to the syrup and dipped the cut side of the pears into it to coat. I baked them just like that. After they cooled, I added a rolled ball of cinnamon infused cream cheese rolled in chopped pistachios (I made them so they fit in the pears perfectly – it sort of looked like an avocado with the seed in it). So so so easy and tasty. My husband and my mother are such fussy eaters and they gobbled them up!!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I can guarantee you that I will be making these again (and again and again).

    1. Awesome! So happy to hear it. Great tips, it sounds like you nailed the recipe. Glad everyone enjoyed 🙂

  24. 2 stars
    175 degrees would possibly work for a very ripe piece of fruit. After 30 minutes, I had to bump up to 325 for another 30 min.

    1. Maybe you didn’t notice the instructions say 175°C ? 25 mins on that temperature should be enough I’m sure 🙂

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