Pear Basil Crumble



When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade! When a good friend brings you a big box of organic Asian Pears from her backyard, you make crumble – of course!



We all devoured a bunch of these tiny morsels of crisp juiciness as is, but I also couldn’t resist the opportunity to embrace the changing of the seasons and surprise my family with a tasty treat. This recipe works with any kind of pear and offers a unique twist with the addition of fresh basil and fall spices. Real, whole ingredients with one of our favorite natural sweeteners: honey!




Enjoy as is, with a dollop of fresh coconut cream, whipped cream or simply a drizzle of organic heavy cream itself.


Pear Basil Crumble
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Serves: 4
  • 4 cups diced pears
  • ~3 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 6 Tbsp. butter (or coconut oil), divided and melted
  • 5 Tbsp. honey, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon, divided
  • ¾ tsp. ground cardamom, divided
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • ½ tsp. sea salt, divided
  • 1 cup hazelnut flour
  • ⅓ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup organic heavy whipping cream (optional), or substitute chilled full-fat canned coconut milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Combine pears, basil, 3 Tbsp melted butter, 2 Tbsp honey, arrowroot, ½ tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. cardamom, ¼ tsp. allspice and ¼ tsp. sea salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Grease an 8 x 8" baking dish with butter or coconut oil and evenly spread the filling.
  4. Stir the crumble ingredients in a medium mixing bowl (hazelnut flour, shredded coconut, almond extract, ¼ tsp. cardamom, ½ tsp. cinnamon and ¼ tsp. sea salt) and crumble evenly over the pear filling.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, making sure pears have softened.
  6. Serve with whipped heavy cream or chilled coconut milk.


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