I was recently given the challenge of making a delicious snack using one of my favorite nuts from California: Walnuts. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I accepted, knowing there will be times we all need a little healthy snack to get us through the busy day.
This combination of baked pears and walnuts will make your house smell incredible and your tummy just as happy! I love how walnuts seamlessly incorporate into dishes to add texture, taste, flavor and depth to any meal of the day.
Facts about Walnuts
– Walnuts are the only nut that provide a significant amount of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids (2.5 grams per serving) and just an ounce of walnuts also provides a convenient source of protein (4 grams) and fiber (2 grams).
– Walnuts are the oldest known tree food, dating back to 10,000 B.C. Walnuts have been cultivated for over a millennia.
– You can maintain the fresh taste of California walnuts by keeping them cold. If you’ll be storing them for a month or longer, store them in your freezer. It’s always best to store them in an air-tight container and keep them away from foods with strong odors.
Baked Pears with Walnuts
- 2 large ripe pears
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 -3 tsp honey
- 1/4 cup walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut both pears in half and place on a baking sheet. (I like to line my baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up!)
Using a measuring spoon or melon baller, scoop out the center, creating an indention for toppings!
Sprinkle with cinnamon, top with walnuts and drizzle about 1 teaspoon of honey over each one.
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Let cool before enjoying.