Easy Baked Pears

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  • 2 large pears
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or dried fruit mixture of your choice
  • ¼ cup low-fat granola
  • Vanilla frozen yogurt or low-fat whipped cream (optional)

Easy Baked Pears

1. Peel pears; cut in half lengthwise. Remove core and seeds, creating a hollow space. Tip: Try using a melon baller or grapefruit spoon.
2. Place pear halves with hollowed core sides up in a glass pie plate. Combine sugar and cinnamon with apple juice until sugar is dissolved. Carefully spoon mixture evenly and spread along each pear half.
3. Combine dried fruit and granola; mound into hollows of the pear halves. Pour the apple juice in and around pear halves. Cover dish loosely with wax paper.
4. Cook in microwave on HIGH 6-8 minutes or until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife. Let stand in the dish 5 minutes. You can also bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees F. Use a large spoon to transfer the pears to serving plates.
5. Drizzle juices from pie plate over pears and serve with frozen yogurt or whipped cream. Enjoy!

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