Pear Chocolate Crumble

Ingredients

2 ripe pears
¼ cup wholemeal flour
¼ cup of coconut
¼ cup of rolled oats
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (or mixed spice)
1 dessertspoons of pure maple syrup
2 dessertspoons of macadamia nut oil
4 squares of good quality dark chocolate

Method

Slice pears and arrange in casserole dish.

Break up the chocolate into small pieces and place on top of pears.

Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the oil and maple syrup and rub mixture well with hands so evenly distribute the ingredients so the mixture resembles a crumble.

Sprinkle crumble topping on top pears and bake in oven 180 degrees for 20 minutes.

Serve hot, (with yoghurt if desired). The crumble may seem a bit dry so stir the pears and crumble up before eating.

Serves 2

Nutritional Value

Comfort food – Two squares of chocolate goes a long way

In the winter months we want to eat differently – warmer and heavier foods. Cold, dark winter nights can often exacerbate feelings of sadness for some people. These emotions can often trigger comfort eating. This type of non-hungry eating/emotional eating does need to be addressed as an ongoing issue But on the nights when it feels like only chocolate will satisfy you, this quick and easy dessert will hit the spot.

The dessert takes only a few minutes to prepare and it is a modified crumble with 2 squares of dark chocolate per person, which remarkably feels like so much more when you are eating this, and avoids the temptation of consuming a whole block of chocolate. The recipe uses macadamia nut oil instead of butter. Macadamia nut oil is rich in monounsaturated fats (the good ones) instead of the saturated fats found in butter that is used in the traditional crumble recipes. In fact macadamia nut oil can be used to substitute butter in cakes and muffins- generally use about 1/3 less oil than the stated butter quantity. The oils in coconut are actually saturated fat, but a healthier type of saturated fat called medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs). If preferred, you can substitute freshly ground almonds instead of the coconut. There is very little added sugar (Maple syrup) needed in this recipe, as pears are naturally sweet and of course the chocolate is too.

The mixture makes quite a generous amount of crumble. In fact the first attempt at developing this recipe, was made without the chocolate, and my partner ate the leftovers for breakfast.