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Baked Pears with Vegan and Gluten Free Stuffing

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 pear halves 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Baking pears with gluten free and vegan stuffing makes for a unique and healthier holiday side! Plus, they’re delicious, and it’s a gorgeous way to serve traditional holiday dressing.


  • 5 cups (7 slices ~ 30g each) diced vegan seed bread (Little Northern)
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter or oil
  • 1 cup onion or shallot, chopped
  • 1 cup celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 rosemary sticks, leaves only
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries or pomegranate arils (or 1/3 c dried cranberries)
  • salt and black pepper, to taste 
  • 1 1/4 cups (12 oz) vegetable stock
  • 45 medium pears (green Bartlett or red)
  • Optional topping: crushed candied nuts and/or fresh thyme 


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Dice the bread into small cubes and place on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake bread for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through cook time. Remove from oven and set aside in a large bowl.
  3. Add butter to a pan and turn heat to medium.  Add onion, celery, and garlic; sauté for 5 minutes, or until fragrant and onions are translucent.
  4. Add in the thyme and rosemary and cook for an additional 3 minutes. If using fresh cranberries, add them as well. If using dried cranberries, mix in later with bread.
  5. Place toasted bread in the pan with cooked celery onion herb mixture. Pour the vegetable stock on top, being careful not to over saturate the bread.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  7. Next, slice pears in half. Using a paring knife, cut a circle in the middle of the core. Scoop out 2-3 heaping tbsps of pear from each half, leaving a hole approximately 1/4 cup in size. Place pear halves in a large casserole dish or on a baking sheet.
  8. Add 1 tsp lemon juice to the center of each pear, then fill each pear with 1/4 cup of gluten free stuffing. NOTE: You might have extra.
  9. Season with salt and pepper, then bake in the the oven for 25 to 30 minutes,* rotating the pan halfway through cooking time. (see notes)
  10. Remove baked pears with stuffing from the oven and garnish with fresh herbs and/or optional crushed candied nuts.



Depending on what type of pear you use (red pear vs Bartlett) the cooking times will vary. Red pears take 3-4 minutes longer to cook than green Bartlett.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: sides
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: half pear with stuffing
  • Calories: 166
  • Sugar: 11.8 g
  • Sodium: 268.7 mg
  • Fat: 5.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.5 g
  • Fiber: 4.9 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: baking pears, baked pears, gluten free stuffing, vegan stuffing, stuffed pears, healthy holiday sides

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