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Maple and Cardamom Spiced Pears with Pecans

It’s obvious that I’m obsessing with pumpkin recipes this fall. The other things I’m obsessing over – cardamom and pears. Sweet juicy pears. And guess what?

Logan is eating the pears too! That might not seem like an accomplishment to most of you, but he’s extremely picky. Any new food we can get him to try – and like – is worth celebrating in our house.

bartlett pears

And not just picky, but also extremely cautious. Just getting him to try a bite of something is an emotional ordeal. It was weeks before he’d willingly eat a pear with no complaints.

And now, given the choice, he’ll actually ask for one. At this rate, he’s going to be 100 before he eats as wide of a variety of foods as I do. But like all moms, I’m trying to focus on the baby steps he makes along the way. This picky eating thing has certainly been a journey for us.

maple and cardamom pears

These Maple and Cardamom Spiced Pears with Pecans are an amazing snack. I love the caramelized pears with the fall spices and the sweetness of real maple syrup – don’t skimp there!

The pecans go perfect, too. I’m getting hungry just writing about it! The best thing – this recipe is super fast. And look how pretty it is? Impressive recipe, delicious taste, no time…sounds like a winner to me!

Logan doesn’t appreciate the intricacies of flavors such as these, but I’m glad he’s now able to enjoy a juicy pear sliced into wedges. I used bartlett pears because that’s what I had, but I’d really love to try Starkrimson.

I had the opportunity to try them this past weekend and I think they were the best pear I’ve ever had. This is actually, in my mind, a rather healthy recipe that seems much more like a dessert than a snack. If you really want to go dessert with it, serve with vanilla ice cream instead of yogurt.

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maple and cardamom pears

Maple and Cardamom Spiced Pears with Pecans

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

These Maple and Cardamom Spiced Pears with Pecans are an amazing snack. I love the caramelized pears with the fall spices and the sweetness of real maple syrup – don’t skimp there! The pecans go perfect, too.


  • 1 large ripe but firm pear, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 handful pecan halves, about 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla Honey Greek Yogurt or Vanilla Ice Cream


  1. Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the pears, cinnamon, cardamom, and syrup and saute for 3 minutes, until fragrant and warm. Stir in pecans. Serve warm over yogurt. Or with granola and yogurt. For dessert, serve on top of vanilla ice cream.


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You could also roast the pears in a similar manner to the method in my Roasted Nectarines recipe.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 136Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 5mgSodium 19mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 4gSugar 23gProtein 0g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Tanya Walker

Sunday 13th of November 2016

I came across this tonight with my sweet tooth. I am devouring it now! It is as good as it looks! I used apples. YUMMOLICIOUS!!!!!! CHOMP CHOMP!!


Monday 24th of February 2014

Can I substitute honey for maple syrup?


Wednesday 26th of February 2014



Wednesday 2nd of October 2013

Would I be able to use apples instead of pears? If so, would I need to change any of the recipe?


Tuesday 8th of October 2013

Apples can substitute just fine. You might need to cook slightly longer until you get to your desired tenderness since apples will be harder than pears.


Thursday 20th of October 2011

This looks amazing!

chocolate freckles

Saturday 23rd of October 2010

Ufffff this recipe looks awesome... perfect for a sunday brunch!