Caramelized Cinnamon Stuffed Pear

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Are you in the mood for something sweet by not sure what to grab after bariatric surgery? This Roasted Cinnamon Stuffed Pear is a winning combination of sweetness and protein. It is easy to make and well worth the 15 minutes in the oven.

Fruit is an excellent option for dessert after surgery. But let’s be honest, sometimes fruit doesn’t cut it. You may want something sweeter or more satisfying.

I used a Bosc pear for this dish because it tends to have thicker skin and roasts well. Roasting them in the oven really brings out their sweetness. And combined with the coconut oil and cinnamon it is just well… wow.

You could also roast the pear in olive oil but I felt the coconut oil added a sweet flavor to the pear. In addition to the cinnamon, a little bit of nutmeg may also taste yummy. There is something about nutmeg that always enhances the flavor of a fruit.

This recipe calls for cottage cheese but if you want to use Greek yogurt then go for it! If you have enough room in your pouch then you can add more cottage cheese on the side to get in more protein and help you feel more satisfied.

Despite this recipe being a healthy treat please be aware of the “health halo” effect. Sometimes if you believe something is good for you then you may eat more of it than you intended. It is still important to listen to your hunger and fullness cues even if it is a healthy food item.

This caramelized cinnamon stuffed pear serves two but if you are cooking for one you could save the other half and re-heat it in the morning and have a sweet breakfast. You could also use it for dessert later in the week.

Modifications for diet stage:

Pureed Stage: Omit walnuts and blend roasted pear in food processor with cottage cheese. Please check surgeons guidelines for fruit recommendations.

Soft Stage: Omit walnuts.

Regular Stage: Serve as written.


Caramelized Cinnamon Stuffed Pear

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An easy dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth.

  • Author: Kristin Willard, RDN
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 1 pear 1x
  • Category: Dessert


  • 1 Bosc pear
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ½ c cottage cheese
  • Dash of cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Cut pear in half and remove center with seeds
3. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and cook for 15 min. Remove and brush 1 tsp of coconut oil.
4. Place back in oven and cook for another 10 min
(Remove and place ¼ c cottage cheese in each pear. Sprinkle with cinnamon)

As you can see in picture I also placed additional cottage cheese on the side to add more protein.


Pureed Stage:

  • Blend roasted pear in food processor with cottage cheese. Use skim milk to thin out. Please check surgeons guidelines for fruit recommendations.

Soft Stage:

  • Omit walnuts

Regular Stage:

  • Serve as written

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