Nothing says December like gingerbread. I love those spicy scents as they fill up the kitchen. I’ve even been known to put some whole spices and ginger in a pan of warm water to smell up the house if I’m not cooking.
If you love those smells, chances are good that you will enjoy the flavors of my vegan holiday gingerbread pear crumble. It’s from my book, OATrageous Oatmeals and it’s oil-free, soy-free and has a gluten-free option if you use your favorite gluten-free baking mix.
If you need to make a holiday dessert but don’t want to spend all day baking, this is the recipe for you. The chopped pears are spiced up and covered with a gingerbread crumble. It’s so easy you can put all the kids to work on it while you relax a bit.
Tell me what your go-to holiday dessert is in the comments, because I’d love to try out a few new ones this season.
Holiday Gingerbread Pear Crumble From OATrageous Oatmeals
This is a wonderful way to keep your holidays healthy, and it takes less time to make than a batch of cookies. If you aren’t a huge molasses fan, you can use half the amount or even replace it with another sweetener. Depending on what you have on hand, use either apples or a combination of pears and apples.
- 1 cup (96 g) rolled oats
- 1 cup (132 g) whole wheat pastry flour (*use a gluten-free baking mix)
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons (40 g) molasses
- 11/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cloves
- 5 cups (805 g) chopped pears (peeled if not organic)
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) agave nectar,optional
- pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 F (177 C). Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with oil. (**You can also line with parchment paper or use a nonstick pan to make it oil-free.)
- Combine all of the topping ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
- If your pears aren’t very sweet, add 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of agave nectar and a pinch of salt.
- Spread out the pear mixture in the casserole dish.
- Crumble the gingerbread topping over the pears, then bake for 30 minutes.
Don’t forget – OATrageous Oatmeals is a great holiday gift! Grab yours now before it goes out of print.