Sunday, September 19, 2010

Decadent Dark Chocolate and Pear Crunch

Now that Autumn is approaching I bought a big bag of organic Bartlett pears and they were about to go bad (according to some people) I thought it would be a perfect time for a new and decadent (tasting) dessert. The fat comes from 1T of Earth Balance an 2 ounces of 72% cocoa dark chocolate and depending on the granola you choose to use. I used Organic Mango Passion Granola from Trader Joe's and Cascadian Farms. The Recipe serves 8 people and it has approx. 6 grams of fat per serving (if served with sorbet) 
Portion Control is the key to a Healthier Life
1T Earth Balance Organic Margarine-divided
10 Organic Very ripe Bartlett Pears (Or any other pears that you have on hand)
1/2 Lemon
2/3 Cup organic fruited granola
2/3 Cup plain granola
(You may use the granola of your choice-Gluten Free is available at the health food store)
1/2 cup Organic oats
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 Ounces 72% Dark Chocolate
2T Brown Sugar
1T Honey
Wash your Hands because you are going to want to lick them very soon :)
Butter a 16X10 Glass Baking Dish with 1 tsp Earth Balance margarine
Wash, Peel, core & slice the pears and toss with juice of 1/2 lemon
Place evenly in  the buttered dish
Prepare Topping:
Place in a large Ziplock bag the granola, oats and cinnamon. Using a rolling pin roll out the mixture in bag until crumbly and place in a bowl
Chop up Dark Chocolate and add to the granola mixture
Melt 2 tsp Margarine and add 2TBS Brown Sugar and 1TBS Honey and whisk until sugar is melted
Add melted butter/sugar mixture to the granola with chocolate and mix with fingers
Top the pear mixture with the chocolate granola and bake @ 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
Lick your Fingers :)
Serve with Chocolate Sorbet or Vanilla Rice Dream

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