I like pears. Sorta.

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I like poms. Lots!

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I figured… why not throw them in a cute little cup… together… with sugar and cinnamon and cardamom and all sorts of things to make them syrupy and warm… then top them with a crispy, crunchy, crumbly crumble? Pomegranate arils in a crumble might be weird. Or they might be, uh… TOTALLY AMAZING.

I mean, how’s that for a Friday breakfast?

Pomegranate Pear Crumble Cups I howsweeteats.com

So I did it.

I do what I want.

Pomegranate Pear Crumble Cups I howsweeteats.com

Plus a little ice cream. You need it!

Pomegranate Pear Crumble Cups I howsweeteats.com

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Pomegranate Pear Crumble Cups

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients:

4 bartlett pears, peeled and cubed
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
3/4 cup pomegranate arils (1 large pomegranate)

crumble
2/3 cup oats
1/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/3 cup crumbled gingersnap cookies
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of cardamom
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) softened unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, toss pear cubes with sugar, flour, cinnamon and cardamom. Once thoroughly mixed, toss in pomegranate seeds and let sit while you make the crumble.

In a bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, gingersnaps, flour, cardamom and cinnamon. Add softened butter and vanilla, and mix thoroughly with a fork or your hands until it becomes clumped together. Spray 4 ramekins with non-stick spray, then add an equal amount of pears/pomegranate in each. Layer crumble mixture on top of each pear cup. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until crisp is golden brown. Serve hot and with ice cream if desired. Garnish with additional pom arils.

[crumble from my blueberry balsamic crisp]

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Add a little chocolate too. Seriously. Do what you want.

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93 Responses to “Pomegranate Pear Crumble Cups.”

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — December 2, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    The only thing about this is when I try to get the arils out of pomegranates, it is disastrous. I don’t know if I can do it.

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    • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 2nd, 2011 @ 8:59 am

      Have you tried soaking them in water first? Just cut the pomegranate into 4, soak it in a bowl of water for about an hour, then turn the pomegranate pieces inside out while they’re still under the water – the arils fall out and you can skim the little white pieces off the top. (You can even do this with a white shirt on because it makes no mess at all!!)

      Jess – this is my favourite recipe that you’ve posted all week!

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      • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — December 2nd, 2011 @ 9:49 am

        Yes, I sure have tried that. No matter what “mess free fool proof” way there is out there, I just can’t do it without making a mess. I didn’t have the nickname “Messy Chelsey” for nothing when I was little.

        • Jessica — December 2nd, 2011 @ 10:38 am

          Okay… I allow you to just buy the pre-packaged arils.

      • Jessica — December 2nd, 2011 @ 10:40 am

        P.S. Thanks girl!

        • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — December 2nd, 2011 @ 11:06 am

          I feel the same way about the arils. Extraction is a bit&%! everyone keeps telling me to use the water method but I do and it’s still disastrous. Usually, I refuse to buy precut fruit and stuff but for pomegranates I might just make an exception!

          • Dianna — December 2nd, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

            koay- this is what I have found works for me. Large bowl, cut pom in half, hold it in your hand upside down (cut side down), held up off of the palm with your fingers and beat on the skin of this pom with a heavy spoon or the flat handle of a thick wooden thing (think ‘spanking’!). they fly out and fall into your hand and down into the large bowl.

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    Natalie {Bayside Bride} — December 2, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    Oh my sweetness. This looks incredible!

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    leaf (the indolent cook) — December 2, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    Looks pretty darn awesome to me! In fact, now you’ve got my sweet cravings revving up…

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    Katrina — December 2, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    I need this. Ohhhh how I love crumble!

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    Clare — December 2, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    oh what a beauteous sight!

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    Kathryn — December 2, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    So cute and delicious. I really need to go and buy a pomegranate right now.

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    Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 2, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    I love this recipe, right up my alley! I love crisps, crumbles oh there my favorite! Whats the difference between a crisp, crumble and brown betty? Hmmm, That’s food for thought!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

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    • Jessica — December 2nd, 2011 @ 8:19 am

      From what I understand I think a crisp and a crumble are similar (or the same thing) – baked over fruit with more of a crumble topping. A cobbler is over fruit with a thick cake-like topping and a brown betty is baked with layers of crumbles? Ha… crazy food stuff.

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — December 2, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    I do declare that this is a well balanced breakfast with the addition of the ice cream!

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    nancy k — December 2, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    This creation looks divine. I adore pomegranates …just had some for breakfast with my yogurt and cereal.
    I can’t wait to try this recipe…heading to the store today to get the pears and another pom.Thanks for the yumminess!

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    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — December 2, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    Any breakfast that I can top with ice cream is a super idea! :) ….Perfect combo, Jessica. Perfect combo!

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    Bev Weidner — December 2, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    I could crumble the crap out of this.

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    Kim in MD — December 2, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    My son loves any dessert with apples, and I made an apple crisp with dried cranberries for Thanksgiving that was to die for. I love your twist on the crumble with pomegranate and gingersnap cookies in the topping! It looks delicious!

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    • Jessica — December 2nd, 2011 @ 10:41 am

      Never thought of dried cranberries in a crisp – that sounds awesome!

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — December 2, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    Did you say ice cream for breakfast? That’s what I heard and I’m sold! This looks amazing! Love the color and flavor combination. How can you not have a great Friday after starting it like that?

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 2, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    i love pears and sorta love poms, but i always love a good crisp :)

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    Clare @ SweetnSimple — December 2, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Anything with crumble on top = YUM :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — December 2, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    My favorite way to eat pears is in oatmeal so this is kind of like that and definitely breakfast material.

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 2, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    I wish I had this for breakfast, ice cream and all!

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    Naina @ STYLE'N — December 2, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    My daughter would absolutely love this..she loves pears and I would love it b/c I love pomegrante. I need all the ideas I can get to get more fiber in her. Thanks!

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    Maria — December 2, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    This looks soooo great! I totally need to invest in some ramekins so I can stop making your recipes in huge pans and eating them 3x/day ha.

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    Caitlin — December 2, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    The picture of the pomegranate, the knife and juice looks like a scene from Dexter. I’ve always thought those fruits were freaky!

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    • Jessica — December 2nd, 2011 @ 10:40 am

      Hahaha I know.

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    kathleen @ the daily crumb — December 2, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    i LOVE pears. i have not mustered up the courage to tackle a pom, but i may just have to for this recipe. anything warm and crumbly topped with ice cream is a winner in my book.

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    • Jessica — December 2nd, 2011 @ 10:39 am

      Yes, yes you must!

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — December 2, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I did the same thing a few weeks ago with apple, but in a pie form and it truly was delicious!
    We are so totally hooked on pomegranates now, and especially since I’ve learned how to get the seeds out!

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    • Jessica — December 2nd, 2011 @ 10:39 am

      Never thought of pomegranate in pie Lynne! That sounds so good.

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    Andrea — December 2, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    This looks AWESOME!! The pomegranate on my counter is begging me to use it for this.

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    Ashley@BakerbyNature — December 2, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    That’s it – i’m moving in your kitchen.

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    • Jessica — December 2nd, 2011 @ 10:38 am

      Sweet! Do you wash dishes?

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — December 2, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    I love both pears AND pomegranates so this is perfection!! Btw–I had to look at your title to figure out how to spell pomegranate. Yes, I am almost a college graduate. lol

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    • Jessica — December 2nd, 2011 @ 10:38 am

      I always mess it up!

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    Lindsay @ Lindsay's List — December 2, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    If you “see” my post today, you’ll see, I do what I want. ;) And a little too much of it.

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — December 2, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    This looks good! I’m so intimidated by poms, I hope I get up the courage to actually try this one!

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    • Jessica — December 2nd, 2011 @ 10:36 am

      Oh you must! They are so, so good. But you can also buy just the arils too. :)

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    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food — December 2, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    In love with these!

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    Maria — December 2, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Love this festive dessert!

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    Cait's Plate — December 2, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    I’m just absolutely obsessed with pears right now. I added them to my oats yesterday and it was like the best decision I’d ever made. I can only imagine how good this is.

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    Living The Sweet Life — December 2, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Breakfast of champions!!….. Including the ice cream and chocolate syrup :)

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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — December 2, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    Now that I’ve been exposed to the wonder that is pom arils I am pretty excited to try them all kinds of ways. Specifically those that include crumbly topping and ice cream. :)

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    Ashley — December 2, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    Not sure I’ve ever actually eaten ice cream for breakfast….that should probably change at some point. Can you believe I’m not a huge lover of poms? First, they’re SO MUCH WORK to finally eat. Then, sure the flavor is great, but those seeds are so annoying. They’re too gritty! :) Not enough juice for all that effort! But hand me a ripe pear, any day. And well, if you’re doing the pom peeling, I’d definitely dig into this.

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    Culinary Collage — December 2, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    This looks amazing! I like pears, but I’m not in love with them either. With that said, I would love to try this recipe!

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles — December 2, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    I think I just died and went to heaven. Seriously. Pears and pomegranates are my faves…plus I have an abundance of both in my kitchen at the moment. What a score!

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    Liz @ Southern Charm — December 2, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    I’m drooling so bad! Hahah. I’m not lying!

    LOVE these ingredients! How light and fresh, yet fall-y! LOVE!

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    mari — December 2, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    mmm drizzled white chocolate?! (I would put wc on anything really)

    So weird bc I bought my first pomegrante yesterday, The pre-exracted arils were $10(?!) so I went with the $2 whole fruit. Hoping my kitchen dosnt look like a Dexter episode when Im done with it.

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    Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy — December 2, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    These are adorable and look yummy!

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    nicole {sweet peony} — December 2, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    hmmm i should probably learn to stop looking at your site first thing in the morning when i’m already hungry. darn you woman! anyways, this looks amazing! like for real. i have a pomegranate sitting all sad & lonely waiting to be made into a tart, but i might just make this instead! yummmms! have an awesome weekend :)

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    Zesty Cook — December 2, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    I love desserts baked in individual ramekins!

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    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — December 2, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    Pomegranates are just beautiful. They make everything sprightly and pretty.

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    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — December 2, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    I’ve never had a pom before! Someone sent me a recipe last night for pancakes w Pom seeds, so I think I need to give them a try.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — December 2, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    I agree about the arils — and the water trick?! Well, me and the Husband just refuse to use that trick. I feel we loose delicious juices doing that. I’d rather have colorful streaks on my shirt, than waste ;)

    Yummy crumble — hope you are feeling better. Ice cream would do that to you!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 2, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    I love crisps and crumbles of all kinds.

    Except with pomegranates in them that I have to de-seed or de-aril or whatever the word for that is…it takes me forever and I usually end up with half of it on the kitchen floor. Lol.

    Seriously looks great and I’d love to bake one of these up!

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    Katie — December 2, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    Love the addition of gingersnaps, especially with pears! Hells Yeah, for breakfast!

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    Moni'sMeals — December 2, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    Love Poms too! I am thinking….How good for breakfast or an afternoon snack would this be!
    YES YES AND YES!

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    Arbine — December 2, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    Seriously? A crumble AND ice cream for breakfast? As if I didn’t already have a blog crush on you. You rock. :)

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — December 2, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    Mmmm I love crumbly topping – yum!

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    Cassie — December 2, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    crumbly topping is my favorite. i love the added gingersnaps!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 2, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Oh yes please!! I am not a huge fan of pears, but this would make me eat more than my fair share of them!

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