Are you on the hook for a healthy dessert but have no plan?
I’ve been there way too often as I struggle with trying something new, relying on a crowd pleaser that isn’t as healthy as I’d like or making the same thing I always make!
Let’s look at how you can have a healthy dessert and a crowd pleaser at the same time!
Having a go-to recipe that meets the following criteria is always a ‘keeper’ in my books:
- Short list of easy to find ingredients
- Easy to make ahead
- Real food ingredients
This recipe meets these criteria also has no added sugar, is low carb and high in good fat to support healthy hormones. If you’re still adjusting to sugar free flavor, you may want to add stevia in the mix or add after the dare of two or three bites!
From a practical point of view, this Ginger Pear and Lemon Coconut Pie can be made ahead, keeps for a week in the fridge and is customizable with seasonally available produce!
What You Need
- 6 large eggs – free range chicken or duck eggs are best
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- ½ cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 lemon juiced – approximately 2 to 3 tablespoons
- rind of one lemon finely grated – 1 to 2 teaspoons
- ½ teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan salt
- 3 large pears – peeled, cored and sliced. Bosc pears work best; Bartlett pears will work too
- 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
What To Do
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit or 225 Celsius. Add coconut oil to dish to melt while you prepare other ingredients.
- Peel and core pears. Slice pears about ½ inch or 1cm thick. Set pears aside. I suggest peeling the fruit as the skins can discolor with heat and become bitter.
- Combine the following ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- eggs – free range eggs deliver the most nutrition
- full fat coconut milk – check the label for the least additives
- spices – ground ginger and vanilla
- sea salt
- lemon juice – creates a cheesecake like taste due to the tartness of the lemon – yum!
- lemon rind
- coconut flour
If you don’t have access to a blender or food processor, no worries!
Whisk eggs with a fork first then add coconut milk, spices, salt, lemon rind and lemon juice. Lastly add coconut flour gradually and gently mix till combined.
Tip 1: Best to make grated lemon rind first while lemon is whole. It’s much easier to manage a solid lemon than a squeezed one!
Tip 2: Add coconut flour last as it’s super absorbent – absorbing up to three times its weight in liquid! It can also help to sift coconut flour before adding to the liquid mixture to easily break up any lumps.
- Using a pastry brush grease dish with melted coconut oil to avoid sticking.
- Layer pears in dish with melted coconut oil and cover with batter. Due to different consistency of batter and coconut oil the oil will rise to the top and will be incorporated and disappear during cooking.
- Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes until cooked through and browned on top. To check when done, a skewer or knife inserted into the pie will come out clean. If not clean, cook for another five minutes and check again. Cooking time is dependent on altitude and oven. If your oven temperature and cooking results vary more than you like, calibrating the oven temperature may help.
- Remove from oven to serve straight away.
If you make this healthy dessert ahead of time, cool to room temperature and cover before storing in the fridge for no longer than a week.
I often use this as a brunch dish too – healthy fats, eggs and fruit with heaps of different toppings for a ‘self serv’ experience.
- Serve warm with fresh whipped cream, yoghurt and fresh berries or a berry sauce. For my berry sauce I defrost some frozen berries – quick and easy – and tasty!
- Serve cold with fresh cream, whipped coconut cream or yoghurt and fresh berries or a berry sauce. Thanks to Danielle Walker for a wonderful comparison of three different coconut milks for best results and most health benefits when making whipped coconut cream.
Ways To Mix It Up!
Instead of using pears, use apples for a different flavor.
Granny Smith give the best result due to their tart flavor and crispness. I recommend peeling these too. If your kids are old enough let them peel the apples and see who has the longest peel !
If using apples, be sure to replace ginger with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice for a flavor explosion!
What’s your favorite healthy dessert for a hungry crowd?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
PS: Here are some links to ingredients if you’re unfamiliar with them or where to buy.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a large metro area, you can probably find these at your local store, or your local food co op.
They are not affiliate links and I don’t receive any compensation if you buy from the sites 🙂