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Cranberry-Oat Baked Pears Recipe

Maria Steinhauer

cranberry oat baked pears

We are focusing on men’s health this summer, and we want to encourage men to eat foods that will boost colon health and decrease the risk of colon cancer. So, try eating more pears. The dietary fiber and nutrients from plant-based foods are a big part of maintaining overall health and preventing colon cancer. In fact, studies show that getting lots of fruit in your daily diet, such as pears, can reduce the risk for colorectal adenomas (growths that are the precursor in most cases of colorectal cancer).

Why Pears Are Good for You

Pears are a high-fiber fruit with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote good digestive and colon health. One medium pear contains about 5.5 grams of fiber, which is needed to keep your bowels moving and to rid your body of waste and toxins. When you eat a pear, you’re also getting folate, potassium and calcium, as well as antioxidants such as vitamin C, A and lutein and zeaxanthin to protect cells from free-radical damage. Another benefit is magnesium, a mineral that can help reduce your risk of colon cancer.

These Cranberry-Oat Baked Pears are a sweet and tangy fiber-rich snack/dessert to help you reach optimal colon health. Don’t ever ignore symptoms of colon cancer (blood in stool, changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain or unintended weight loss). Be sure to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist if you have concerns. Take care of your digestive health and load up on fiber-rich fruit, such as pears!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp chopped dates
  • ¼ cup frozen cranberries, thawed/chopped in half
  • 1 tbsp chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 ripened Bartlett pears, cut in half
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet or pan.
  2. Mix oats, dates, cranberries, pecans, honey and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  3. Using a spoon, remove seeds and a bit of the center from each pear half, and place the pear halves onto the parchment paper, skin side down. Brush some melted butter onto the pears using a small spatula.
  4. Spoon some of the cranberry-oat mixture into each pear and bake in the oven until soft and you can stick a fork through the pears (about 15-20 minutes, depending on ripeness).
  5. Drizzle honey over the pears, sprinkle extra cinnamon on top, and serve warm for breakfast or dessert!



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