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Sugar Free Vanilla Poached Pears

There are not too many foods that can double as breakfast OR a dessert, but this is definitely one of them.

Poaching pears gives them a super soft bite, and the flavours from the poaching liquid are given time to infuse into the pear flesh. Poaching is a great cooking method when you are trying to lose weight, as you get all the flavour without the need to use any oils or butter for cooking in.

Sugar Free Vanilla Poached Pears

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Sugar Free Vanilla Poached Pears
Sugar Free Vanilla Poached Pears
Course Desserts
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 pears peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup apple juice 100% juice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 vanilla bean split and scraped
Course Desserts
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 pears peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup apple juice 100% juice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 vanilla bean split and scraped
Sugar Free Vanilla Poached Pears
Instructions
  1. Place a large pot over medium heat. Add the water, juice, and spice and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the liquid to simmer and add the sliced pears.
  3. Continue to simmer gently until pears are tender when tested with a fork.
  4. Remove pears with tongs and remove as much of the bits from the liquid as you can.
  5. Put the liquid back on to simmer for 5 more minutes or until it slightly thickens.  Serve a little of the liquid with the pear.
Recipe Notes

Calories per serve: 93

There are so many reasons why pears are good for you.

  • They contain fibre, which is a necessary element of a healthy diet. Fibre helps sustain blood sugar levels and promotes regularity.
  • They can give you an antioxidant boost – as pears ripen, chlorophyll breaks down into active antioxidants in the skin and the flesh just below it.
  • They contain Vitamin C which helps you to absorb iron
  • Pears can boost your brainpower due to their copper content
  • The high content of folate (folic acid) means they are a great snack for pregnant women

These are delicious for dessert served warm with natural or Greek yoghurt and a sprinkling of hazelnuts.

They also work well cold for breakfast on top of porridge or muesli.

You could even add them to your Healthy Mummy Smoothie.

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