Pear Crumble with Thyme + Olive Oil
A simple and quick way to make dessert a little healthier. A warm gooey cinnamon pear base, topped with a toasted whole-oat crumble and olive oil, seasoned with sea salt and thyme. This crumble will melt in your mouth.
Servings Prep Time
16servings ~10minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16servings ~10minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Pear Portion
  • 6-7whole Pears, cored, cubedMedium, I had varieties
  • 3tablespoons Flaxseed, ground or mealOr whole wheat flour whole-grain flour (pastry or regular)
  • 1tablespoon Cinnamon, ground
  • 1tablespoon Ginger, fresh, gratedIf you’re using dried ginger, add only ~1/2 tablespoon
  • 1/4cup Applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/4cup coconut sugar(May substitute raw or any granulated sugar)
  • 1-2tablespoon lemon juiceLime juice works a well
  • 2tablespoons Thyme, driedIf you’re using freshly chopped, add ~1/8-1/4 cup
  • 1cup Oats, rolled, old fashioned
  • 1 and 1/4cup Whole wheat flourOr other whole-grain flour (pastry or regular)
  • 1/2cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2cup olive oil
  • 1tablespooon Cinnamon, ground
  • 2tablespoons Thyme, driedIf you’re using freshly chopped, add ~1/8-1/4 cup
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375. (You don’t have to line yours with parchment paper… I’m just dangerously sleepy after 8:30 pm and hate falling asleep to a dirty kitchen.) You’ll need 2 medium baking pans- glass, aluminum, steel, etc.
  2. In a large bowl: Toss pears, lemon juice (more if needed), applesauce, ginger, 1/4 cup of coconut sugar, 3 tablespoons of flaxseed meal (or see above substitution*), half of thyme (2 tablespoons if using dried), and half of cinnamon (1 tablespoon). Place mixture at the bottom of baking pan(s).
  3. In a separate, medium-large, mixing bowl: Mix oats, olive oil, salt, remaining coconut sugar (1/2 cup), remaining cinnamon (1 tablespoon), and remaining thyme (2 tablespoons). Mix until combined.
  4. Spread oat mixture over the top of the pear mixture in the baking pans. ADD the cinnamon again if you’re a freak, like myself! 🙂
  5. Bake for 50 minutes or until crumble is golden brown and pear mix is bubbling.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Information per (1/2-3/4 cup) serving:

Calories 195 | Fat 7.7g |Carbohydrates 31.2g | Fiber 4.2g | Protein 2.4g

  • For further burnt-edges I would check it at about 55 minutes and assess before cooking a full hour.
  • Storage: Place in refrigerator, I recommend an air-tight container, but covered is fine too!


  • Nuts: Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of crumbled walnuts or pecan pieces to the crumble topping.

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