Maple Caramelized Pears Stuffed with Walnuts

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 Cost Per Serving $1.10
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4Pears (very ripe)
2 tbspMaple Syrup
2 tbspWhole Flax
1/2 cupWalnuts
1Vanilla Pod (or 1 tsp Vanilla Extract)
1/2 cupRicotta Cheese
1/2 tsp eachGround Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Ground Nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Slice pears in half and remove the core and seeds with a spoon, leaving a small indent for the stuffing.
  3. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp of maple syrup and heat until it begins to bubble.
  4. Place pears cut side down into the pan and sauté until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Carefully remove from pan to cool slightly.
  5. In a food processor, pulse the flax seeds to break them down. Add walnuts and spices and pulse until nuts have broken into smaller pieces but not into a flour. Set aside.
  6. Add the contents of the vanilla pod to the ricotta and stir well.
  7. Add about 1/2 a tbsp. of ricotta into the indent of the pear and top with about 1 tsp of walnut and flax mixture.
  8. Place pears in a baking dish with stuffing side up and drizzle another tbsp of maple syrup over top. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.


  • Flax, hemp and chia seeds are good sources of protein and fibre, which may help you feel full longer and control your weight.
  • There are vegetarian sources of omega-3s. Walnuts, canola and soybean oil and seeds such as flax, pumpkin, hemp and chia are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the vegetarian form of omega-3. However, we do not yet know if ALA provides  the same heart-health benefits as the omega-3s found in fish.