Walnut Dusted Oven-Baked Apples and Pears

It can be said that a mom rules over her home like a queen over her kingdom. This Mother’s Day, give mom the royal treatment with walnuts, (yeah, I said walnuts!) the nut once deemed “Jupiter’s Royal Nut” (juglans regia) by the Romans, in a delicious meal topped with a SMART Walnut Dusted Baked Apples & Pears dessert. As part of the SMART Menus Program, Walnut Dusted Baked Apples & Pears is a tasty treat that will show mom you care about her and her health!

Walnuts, once thought to be the nut of an ancient Roman god, are the perfect ingredient to show how much you care – jam-packed with great flavor and nutrients. The Walnuts Dusted Baked Apples & Pears recipe is simple, fun to make and, if sprinkled with some walnuts and a little love, can be the crowning dish this Mother’s day.

Before spring fruit arrives in the market we rely on apples and pears for great fresh flavor. The honey and vanilla combines with the lemon juice to create a delicious sauce. Use all apples or all pears if necessary… it’s more important to choose ripe fruit and cook until tender rather than relying on cooking time alone.


  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe apples; peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe pears; peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped


Preheat the oven to 350′. Lightly butter a 9-inch (8-cup capacity) oval gratin baking dish. Add the apples, pears, cranberries, lemon juice, honey, and vanilla; mix well. Bake until the fruit is tender, can be 30 minutes or up to one hour. Sprinkle with walnuts and serve hot or at room temperature.

Serves 6

This recipe was created on behalf of the Smart Menu campaign, which aims to change the way America eats while providing individuals with the knowledge to make smart food choices.

Recipe Courtesy of Tina Salter


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  1. 1

    Carolyn S says

    This sounds yummy! And it’s healthy, too. thanks for sharing, I will have to try this out on my family.

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    Anna says

    This sounds so good!

  3. 3

    This sounds delicious and good for you at the same time! Yum!

  4. 4

    Ok….this one sounds good…I can feel my hips swelling even more!!

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    Carolyn says

    Everyone says this “sounds” good – - hasn’t anyone made it? This Thanksgiving we have all kinds of people on all kinds of diets. We need something for dessert that is atumnal, but not as full of extra sugar and carbs like a delicous apple pie. This might be JUST the thing. :)