Brain boosting dessert - pear, cranberries, ginger crumble

What we love about crumbles is that they are very easy to prepare and can be served all year round: it will warm you up in colder months, but if it’s served with ice cream it’s perfect for  the spring or summer. The recipe we suggest for you to try is a pear, cranberries and ginger crumble. It’s very rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Cranberries are packed with vitamin C, E, K1 and manganese, which is essential for growth, metabolism, and your body’s antioxidant system. Pears offer dietary fibre and prebiotics, which promote digestive health. Ginger adds a nice taste and has powerful anti-diabetic properties. These ingredients have also great brain boosting influence. All these benefits make for a delicious and very healthy dessert.


  • Fruits
  • 5 large pears
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crumble Topping:

  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 1,5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


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Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.

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Peel, quarter, core and chop the pears, and place in a large saucepan. Sprinkle with the caster sugar, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 5 minutes. Add the cranberries and stir.

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For the crumble topping: put the flour and ginger into a bowl. Add the olive oil and use your fingertips to rub in until evenly combined. Add the oats, coconut, brown sugar and pecans or walnuts.

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Sprinkle the topping over the fruit in the dish and bake for 30 minutes, until it becomes golden brown.

Your yummy dessert is ready! Serve the crumble hot or warm, with low-fat custard, greek yoghurt or low-fat ice cream.