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Cardamom-Spiced Pear Crumble (Paleo)

Warmly-spiced paleo pear crumble made with almond flour, pure maple syrup, cardamom, and cinnamon for a cozy fall and winter healthy dessert.

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Cardamom-Spiced Pear Crumble - this grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free dessert is paleo and healthy!

How do we feel about crumbles, crisps and cobblers? I’ll be the first to admit I’m obsessed with them.

Sure, I’m all about baking and consuming a classic homemade pie, but on the scale of Zero to Skilled in the pie dough making department, I’m sitting pretty at a solid Sub-Par.

For me, crumbles have a super favorable cost-benefit analysis; ergo, crumbles are my laissez faire approach to all-things pie-like in nature.

I make my crumbles grain-free using either almond flour or hazelnut flour, and I keep them naturally sweetened using pure maple syrup.

The end result is a healthful treat that requires very little effort to assemble. Super low barriers to entry (on account of the fact they require almost zero baking talent), mega high ROI (because: delicious). Healthy enough to eat for breakfast!

Cardamom-Spiced Paleo Pear Crumble - this grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free dessert is healthy!

I used Harry & David’s Royal Riviera Pears for this crumble, which arrived on my doorstep perfectly ripe – sweet, and so juicy that when bitten into, the pears melt in your mouth like butter. While the pears are so incredible as is, I couldn’t help but put this crumble on repeat.

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Cardamom-Spiced Pear Crumble - this grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free dessert is paleo and healthy!

Did you know pears and cardamom work seamlessly together? They’re a great match! While pears are so nice and sweet, I find they are made even tastier with some warm spices. Adding cinnamon and cardamom to this crumble takes it up a few notches.

How to Make Paleo Pear Crumble:

Preheat the oven and assemble the crumble whilst it’s preheating. Add the ingredients for the pear filling to a mixing bowl and give it an aggressive stir, then I transfer said filling mixture to a casserole dish.

Use the very same mixing bowl to combine the crumble topping with an aggressive stir, and then transfer said crumble topping to the casserole dish.

I’m pretty nonchalant about the way the crumble topping goes on – you can dump it all in and then spread it into a layer, form little crumble balls, or make cobbler-like biscuits – whatever’s your jam!  

We bake for 30 minutes, and then enjoy with some delicious ice cream (I go with store-bought coconut milk vanilla ice cream, but you can go the homemade route as well). You can also whip up a batch of coconut milk whipped cream, or even paleo salted caramel for serving.

Cardamom-Spiced Paleo Pear Crumble - this grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free dessert is paleo and healthy!

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Cardamom-Spiced Pear Crumble - this grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free dessert is paleo and healthy!

Paleo Pear Crumble

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Grain-free paleo pear crumble with amazing almond flour topping will change your dessert life forever!


Prepare the Pear Filling:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Stir the ingredients for the pear filling together in a bowl until well combined. Transfer the filling mixture to a small casserole dish.

Prepare the Crumble Topping:

  1. Stir the ingredients for the crumble topping together in the same bowl you used for the pear topping. Evenly spread it over the pears and bake in the oven 30 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and the pears have softened. 
  2. Serve pear crumble with choice of ice cream or whipped cream.
Nutrition Information
Yield 5 Serving Size 1 of 5
Amount Per Serving Calories 328Total Fat 16gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 41gFiber 6gSugar 26gProtein 6g

Paleo Pear Crumble - Vegan, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free healthier pear crumble recipe made with almond flour and pure maple syrup for a healthy dessert

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Thursday 5th of August 2021

Hey Julia! I tried your recipe a couple days ago, and I have to admit, it's amazing! I was wondering how this recipe can help with improving my gut health?


Thursday 5th of August 2021

Hi June!

I generally recommend people stay away from all forms of sugar (whether or not they are unrefined) and all flours, so sadly I wouldn't say this is a good recipe for improving gut health. I do think it's a better alternative than a crumble made with all-purpose flour and regular sugar but still almond flour and pure maple syrup can be inflammatory on the gut lining. Hope this helps! xoxoxo

Tracy VanDemark Gauger

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

I made this because we received a Harry and David gift basket with 8 pears, they got ripe, and no one had touched them. I was shocked at how amazing this was. I followed the recipe exactly, using four pears. I'm going to make it again with the last four pears because we ate it already! I'm definitely a cardamon convert. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

I'm so happy you made and enjoyed it, Tracy! I absolutely love H&D's pears...there's nothing like them! Thanks so much for the sweet note! xoxo


Tuesday 20th of October 2020

How many calories per serving?


Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Hi Linda!

I added the nutrition facts to the recipe card. I based it off of 5 servings. Let me know if you need anything else! :D xoxo


Friday 16th of October 2020

I made this the other day and the flavor combo & ratios are perfection! I adore Cardamom but it really seems to be a spice people love or hate. I don't understand the hate, something must be defective in their taste buds, JK lol. My very picky husband and even pickier 11 yr old Grandson LOVED this. I've been asked to make more because they ate it all, I got 2 tiny servings, but they sure were detectable!


Saturday 17th of October 2020

That's so great to hear! I'm so happy you and your family enjoy the crumble. Yes, it's too funny about cardamom...I love it, but it does seem to be offputting to some people. In any case, I'm glad the recipe made it into your home ;) Many thanks for the sweet note! xoxo


Sunday 22nd of December 2019

This recipe was amazing! I added chopped walnuts and pecans to the topping, substituted butter for coconut oil (yes non paleo but only option available here), substituted in arrowroot for tapioca, and added some ginger to the pear mix in equal proportion to the cardamom.

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