There’s enough to worry about when preparing a Thanksgiving meal without having to stress about making time and space for dessert. For us, it’s important to keep dessert simple, healthful and easy to make quickly. Mostly because we fall asleep almost immediately after the main courses and don’t want to serve a burned dessert.

One of our long-loved standby’s, as a result, is baked fruit. It doesn’t take long, it’s super easy to make, and it makes a for a delicious and healthful (for dessert) after-dinner course that can be modified any number of ways. For this recipe we’ve reduced added sugar, relying on the natural sugars in the fruit and honey to do the heavy lifting when it comes to getting the caramelized effect. This recipe is a particularly great partner for some frozen yogurt or another cold treat.

Baked Pears with Trail Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves 4



  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Halve and core the pears.
  3. In a small bowl, rub each pear half with 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp nutmeg.
  4. Drizzle 1 Tbsp honey on each pear half and then top with 1/4 cup of the trail mix.
  5. Bake until the honey has caramelized and the pear has browned slightly.
  6. Remove and serve warm, with frozen yogurt, if desired.