Citrus Poached Pears with Cranberry Compote and Maple Cinnamon Coconut Cream

poached pear

There is nothing more beautiful than a poached pear with cranberry compote. It’s heaven on earth I tell ya! Add in a few dollops of lovely maple cinnamon coconut cream and you’ve got yourself a simple yet decadent dessert. When you take a slice of warm poached pear, dip it into the sweet yet tangy cranberry compote with some maple cinnamon coconut cream, you will feel as though you died and went to foodie heaven. At least that’s what I experience every time I dig into one!

poached pear with cranberry compote

I wish I had one of these to eat every day, I kid you not! Why did I create this towards the end of 2016?! It would have made things a little sweeter to have been eating this non stop all year round! The cranberry compote has to be my favorite part though. I tried to recreate something my cute neighbor Pam brings over sometimes during the thanksgiving holiday. A wonderful orange cranberry concoction that I’m just certain is a recipe handed down from her family and kept a secret. Shhh!

poached pear with cranberry compote

It’s just wonderful I tell you, and it was the inspiration for this recipe! Her and her hubby Richard are just the sweetest neighbors we’ve ever had! Whenever we get hurt (like the time I cut my finger really bad with a knife) we head over to their place because he’s a doctor and always fixes us right up and they head over to our place when they’re having computer problems because, well we’re computer nerds ;) If we ever move I hope they can just come with us, haha!
Poached pears trio in cranberry compote

I used the most delicious cranberries I’ve ever had for this recipe. They’re from Cape Cod Select a company whose cranberry bogs are located right in the heart of “cranberry country”. I love supporting farmers who are concerned about the environment and who use sustainable farming practices. They are definitely doing that and growing cranberries that are non-gmo certified.

I loved watching this video about how cranberries are produced, I always wondered why they were floating in water, which is known as a wet-harvest. Did you know there is a dry-harvest as well where they use helicopters to remove the berries after they’re picked? You have to watch it, it’s too cool! I think I may want to be a cranberry farmer now!!

Check out Cape Cod Select on InstagramFacebookPinterest and Twitter for more yummy cranberry recipes. You can also find Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries at select stores nationwide or just order them online. I think I may just order their beautiful wooden box of fresh cranberries for myself and for gifts next year!

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I hope you enjoy this recipe, it’s a great dessert to ring in the new year. I’m not sure if it’s true, but i’ve heard that some Native Americans used the cranberry as a symbol of peace. I will be eating this on New Year’s eve and praying for peace for my family and yours in the coming year! Happy Happy New Year my Friends!

Citrus Poached Pears with Cranberry Compote and Maple Cinnamon Cream

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes


    For the Cranberry Compote:
  • 4 cups Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries (1-16 0z. bag)
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 a large lemon
  • 1 tbsp. orange zest
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
    For the Maple Cinnamon Cream:
  • Coconut cream from the top of 1 can of coconut milk, put can in fridge overnight (a really creamy one like Golden Star)
  • Maple syrup to taste
  • Cinnamon to taste
    For the Poached Pears:
  • 4 pears, peeled (I used organic D'anjou)
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 5-6 large orange peel pieces
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
  • 4-5 Pure Indian Foods cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla powder (can sub 1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise and seeds scraped out)


    For the Cranberry Compote:
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Once it begins to boil, turn heat to low and let simmer. (make the maple cinnamon cream while you wait) We want the cranberries to burst and cook them down with the liquid until it thickens, about 10-15 mins.
  3. Remove from pot and add to a mason jar, add the lid and set aside to keep warm.
    For the Maple Cinnamon Cream:
  1. In a bowl combine the coconut cream (scoop out only the solid top portion of cream from the can, not the liquid at the bottom) some maple syrup and ground cinnamon and whip together for a few minuets.
  2. Continue adding cinnamon & maple syrup until desired taste is achieved. Keep whipping ingredients together until well combined & resembles a whipped cream.
  3. Cover and put in fridge for later.
    For the Poached Pears:
  1. Wash and peel pears with a vegetable peeler.
  2. Add everything into a large pot (except pears) and bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Turn to a simmer and add your peeled pears to the pot.
  4. I placed them on their side and frequently turned them to make sure they cooked evenly. After about 25-30 mins. remove pears and transfer to a dish. Cover with foil to keep warm and set aside.
  5. Strain out cinnamon sticks, ginger, cloves & peels from leftover mixture. Continue cooking down until it resembles a thickened sauce and set aside.
    To assemble:
  1. Add one pear, whole or sliced in half, to a bowl.
  2. Top with thickened sauce.
  3. Add 2-3 tablespoons of cranberry compote and a few dollops of your maple cinnamon cream and serve immediately!


* Cranberry compote can be made up to 1 week in advance and heated just before serving.


*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase something from one of my links, I will receive a small percentage, at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products that I truly believe in, that I use myself or find to be very valuable. Thanks for helping me to keep Paleo Paparazzi up and running!

2016 Healthy Living Holiday Gift Guide

Holy wow!! With less than 10 days til Christmas, I’m sure you’re scurrying around just like me trying to wrap things up! I put together a round-up of last minute holiday gifts you can still order to make it in time for that special day! I’m calling this my 2016 Healthy Living Holiday Gift Guide, but maybe I should have named it the Lazy Holiday Gift Guide as all of it can be ordered online, ha ha!

About 98% of these can be ordered on Amazon, in your pajamas, sipping on a cup of hot cocoa with my Gingerbread Marshmallows floating on top. Just saying, wink, and if you’re a Prime member you also get free 2 day shipping which means you have more time to watch episodes of Fuller House and Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I just love online shopping!

I split the list into 3 of my favorite categories, food, beauty and fitness. I added lots of fun things that will make wonderful gifts, even if it’s for yourself, shhh!!! Wishing you and your family the best holiday ever this year with hopes for heaps of good food, love and cheer!

2016 Healthy living holiday gift guide the foodie



Instant Pot | Cast Iron Skillet | Spiralizer | Food Processor | Dutch Oven | Kitchen Aide Mixer | Microplane | Santoku 5″ Knife | Primal Palate Spices | Immersion Stick Blender | Whole30 Cookbook | Kasandrinos Olive Oil | Vitamix | Mortar & Pestle | Juicer | Salt Keeper | French Press


Instant Pot: This pressure cooker is all kinds of amazing. It’s like a crock pot on steroids. Our grandparents used them back in the day and they’ve recently come back into popularity. You can cook frozen chicken in 15 minutes, make bone broths in only a few hours and make any tough piece of meat tender. It’s a fabulous gift for a foodie!

Whole30 Cookbook: This made it on the list not only because I have 3 recipes featured in here (check out pages 50, 56 & 120), but because there are great tips to simplify, plan, and prepare meals in this book that will save you time and money. A great book for any foodie looking for satisfying and nourishing real food recipes! It’s also on Sale for $22 right now!

Kasandrinos Olive Oil: The most wonderful olive oil you’ll ever taste, it’s so fresh. Unadulterated and straight from Greece, it’s one my absolute favorite oils to make homemade salad dressings with. They even make a balsamic fig vinegar that is to die for! They have mini bottles of olive oil which I carry in my purse to put on my salads at restaurants!

Primal Palate Spices: These organic spices are so fresh and wonderful to cook with, they have an adobo blend that is amazing and the pumpkin pie and apple pie spices are delicious! What I also love is that their spices are packed in a facility that employs those with disabilities.

Immersion Hand Blender: If you haven’t made my Easy immersion blender mayo ,you must get this tool and make it now! It makes the best mayo and sauces hands down! Plus it’s under $30, what’s not to love about that?

2016 Healthy living holiday gift guide the beauty


Beautycounter Lipgloss Set | Ray Ban Sunglasses | Beautycounter Make-up Brush Set | Daniel Wellington Watch | Lace-up Sweater | Beautycounter Winter Dream Palette | Beautycounter Sea Salt Spray | Natural Facial Brush | Zoya Nail Polish | | Wool Hat | Leather Handbag | Essential Oil diffuser | Wool Throw | Beautycounter Shimmer & Shine Body Gift Set | Herbivore Face Mask | Hope Bar Necklace | Hair Straightener | Beautycounter Complexion Essentials Kit


Beautycounter Holiday Palette: I use this palette every day when getting ready! It has wonderful eyeshadows, blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. It’s an all in one compact making it easy to just throw in your bag when you’re on the go. One of the things I love about this brand is that they never choose approximately 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals when formulating their products. Safe skincare is just so important to me and this is one of my favorite products to use and gift to loved ones!

Natural Facial Brush: I use this for dry brushing as well as wet along with my beloved Beautycounter charcoal cleansing bar to gently detox my skin. It’s soft enough to use on my face and it’s made from all natural ingredients! Can’t beat $10 either!

Beautycounter Complexion Essentials Holiday Gift Kit: These skincare products have literally changed my skin for the better, I get less breakouts and the texture of my skin is so much better! This kit contains a Nourishing Cream Exfoliator, a Nourishing Day Cream, a Hydrating Face Oil, Nourishing Rosewater Mist and a Peppermint Lip Conditioner in perfect sized bottles for travel! I love knowing that i’m not putting anything toxic onto my skin, it’s such an amazing gift to give someone you love!

Make-up brush set: There’s nothing better than a set of well made brushes! These are easy to gift anyone who loves make-up! They’re weighted at the bristles making them ergonomic and my make-up goes on so much better now that I own them!!

Sea Salt Spray: Who knew that this natural salt spray could be so awesome for texturizing hair? I stopped using toxic hair products a while back and as someone with stick straight hair, this has just upped my hair game! Everyone I know who owns this is totally obsessed!

2016 Healthy living holiday gift guide the athlete


Yoga Mat | Wireless Headphones | Fit Bit | RXBars | Gym Bag | Detox Body Brush | iPhone 6 Battery Case | Glass Water Bottle | Acupressure Mat | Long Sleeve Workout Top | Sports Top | Muscle Foam Roller | Phone Charger Bracelet | Kettle bell


Fitbit: I just got one of these a few months ago and became obsessed with it! It tracks not only my steps but  my sleep as well, which I was really curious about. Since getting it I’ve been challenging myself to move more during the day, making sure I try to get in at least 10,000 steps! It’s also been encouraging me to get better sleep. This would be a great gift for someone active on your list this year!

Acupressure Mat: As someone with chronic pain this has been such an amazing tool to have! It comes with a massaging mat & neck pillow and it’s wonderful at relieving back pain naturally. It works much in the same way as acupressure and acupuncture work, minus the needles and cost. A great gift for an active person on your list!

Canvas Gym Bag: Ok, so can we talk about how cute this bag is? A great gift to make anyone look stylish at the gym! I don’t own this one yet, but I hope my husband is reading this so I can find it under the tree this year…wink, wink!

Rxbars: Not only do I love these protein bars because they are delicious with clean ingredients, but the people who make them are pretty amazing too! The Maple Sea salt and Blueberry are super yummy! The Combo box would make a great gift under the tree or used as stocking stuffers!

I hope you enjoyed this healthy holiday gift guide! And if you made it to the end of this post, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you! I am grateful to have such a supportive group of people reading the blog, following me over on Instagram and just being the amazing people that you are! This just wouldn’t be what it is without you! Thank you for everything, I hope your Christmas, Hanukah or whatever you celebrate is Merry & Bright!


*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase something from one of my links, I will receive a small percentage, at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products that I truly believe in, that I use myself or find to be very valuable. Thanks for helping me to keep Paleo Paparazzi up and running!

Apple Crumble Parfait-Paleo

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Apple pie is one of my husband’s all time favorite desserts. The only problem is that in order for us to enjoy it on a regular basis it requires A LOT of work! This apple crumble parfait, on the other hand, makes it possible to enjoy the same flavors of an apple pie everyday if we wanted to. It requires only a little effort and no ovens, or rolling pins needed. The other thing that makes it simple to create, is the fact that it uses a pre-made grainless granola from Paleo Passion Foods. I love using their Cinnamon Maple Granola in this recipe because it already adds all the perfect spices needed for this to make your taste buds dance! I also love that their granola contains only a small amount of maple syrup and honey.

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Since my husbands stroke in 2008, I’ve been trying to find healthier ways for us to enjoy dessert. I feel like changing our lifestyles has been such a big help to both of us. We have seen some amazing changes just by caring about what we are putting into our bodies and cutting back on the amount of sugar we consume. We haven’t cut out sugar completely, because we believe in enjoying life and balance. But we try to use unrefined sugar in our recipes.

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One of the first things that made my husbands face light up in the hospital after his brain surgery and stroke was food, especially dessert! We spent Christmas and New Years in the hospital that year. I remember the first dessert he learned to make with his OT was brownies and the excitement on his face was priceless! This time of year always reminds me to never take life for granted and to enjoy every moment of it! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do, it’s easy to make and oh so delicious!

Apple Crumble Parfait


  • 2 cups diced apples
  • 1 bag Paleo Passion Foods Maple cinnamon granola
  • 2 tbs ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 tbs coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • coconut cream from the top of 1 can of coconut milk (put can in fridge overnight)


  1. In a saute pan over medium heat add your ghee and let it melt. Next add coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine.
  2. Add diced apples and mix to combine with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Saute apples for about 10 mins. or until soft. Remove pan from the stove and set aside.
  3. In a bowl combine the coconut cream (scoop out only the solid top portion of cream from the can, not the liquid) and maple syrup and whip together for a few mins. until well combined & resembles whipped cream.
  4. In a small glass layer ingredients. Top with more cream and drizzle with leftover sauce in pan with apples. Makes 2 nice parfaits depending on the size of cups you use.

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