I can see the spark in your eyes now, these healthy pear “donuts” recipe feel a bit like a tricky snack for kids right? Don’t get me wrong, donuts can be delicious all on their own, but sometimes helping your kid be excited can all be in the presentation. If you’re looking for a quick, fun treat you can make any day of the week. These fun pear donuts are also fun for a crowd or birthday party, and everyone can decorate their own!
Pear Fruit Donuts- An Easy And Healthy Snack Recipe For Kids
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These pear donuts feel fun right? I’m not sure if it is the sprinkles or the yogurt “frosting” but once you start laying out the ingredient, you’re going to have trouble keeping your kid’s hands off of this easy healthy snack recipe. There are plenty of laughs to be had because this is one of those recipes that is also great to get kids in the kitchen helping too.
Need more fun snacks ideas for kids? Try these No Bake Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
How To Pick Pears In The Grocery Store
We ate pears often when I was a kid, and they were always one of my favorite fruits. They can be a bit tricky to guess when they will be ripe. Often when you are picking pears in the store they are still hard, so here’s my trick for pears. Use your nose! If the pears smell lovely, when they ripen they will taste delicious.
I usually pick pears for our house knowing they are an “end of the week” fruit, as they often take a few days to ripen up. That also makes these healthy ‘donuts” a great end of the week snack!
How To Make Pear Fruit Donuts
Start by slicing your pears in rounds. A good pear will be a bit juicy, which makes them delicious. My pears were a little damp, but it makes them extra delicious. While you are slicing dice up your strawberries or any other fruit “toppings” and lay out your other toppings. We used our EZPZ Play Mat with all of its great compartments to hold our toppings. I especially love that the yogurt can go right next to all of our sprinkle choices!
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Then start spreading your yogurt as frosting. You could color the yogurt if you like, or use flavored yogurt. I used plain vanilla, and the sweetness from it was delicious with the pears and the toppings. I may have had a whole pear’s worth myself, and kids are generally happy to eat these too!
See they look great right?
If your pears have a few small knicks, don’t be concerned. I sometimes will slice out a brown spot, but a tiny knick is going to just get covered in yogurt anyways. Then spread your yogurt or let your child spread the yogurt as frosting. Now to the fun part, add the toppings. Add ALL the toppings! This is where your kids can get really creative! the mat keeps all those sprinkles and toppings in one place for us, and has a work surface for our “donuts.” It sure made cleanup easier.
You can also make “donuts” out of apples. Check out in this video, it’s very similar whether you choose pears or apples as the base of your donut.
You can learn more about my friend Raizy Fried who creating this apple donuts video by checking out her instagram raizyscookin.
Pear “Fruit” Donuts- A Quick Kid’s Snack
- 2 ripe fresh pears
- .75 cup yogurt
- .25 cup toasted “O” cereal like Cheerios
- 3-4 Strawberries or other berries diced roughly one third cup of berries
- 1 tbsp Sprinkles
- 1 tbsp Green Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
- Slice your pear into round circles, you will be cutting right through the core.
- Remove the core of the pear to create an “O” shape. Use a small cookie cutter or melon baller.
- Using a knife or the back of a spoon, “frost” your pears with yogurt.
- Add fruit, cereal, sprinkles and enjoy!
Did You Make This?
I would love to see it! Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!
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Comments & Reviews
Easy and fun to eat! I like that you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand as a topping. I think we’ll try cream cheese as a frosting next time for a savory donut.
Kristy Richardson says
This just made me smile Michelle, I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed the pear donuts. Cream cheese may be a little trickier because it’s so thick and pear when it’s ripe tends to be a little damp. If it were me, I’d experiment with whipped cream cheese (or just whipping room temperature cream cheese with a mixer so it’s fluffier.) I would think whipped cream cheese would spread better. Let me know how it goes, hope it’s delicious! -Kristy
Spark in my eye? How did you KNOW??? Actually it was the star sprinkles that caught my eye first, but then the word “donut” stole my attention. We make them sometimes, but our recipe involves, erm… lard… I can see this also being a great way to occupy small hands with “making” their own snack. The idea of using vanilla yogurt sounds yummy, I can imagine the flavors combining beautifully. Question: did you use Bartlett of D’anjou?
On My Kids Plate says
No worries, these aren’t a replacement for regular ol’ donuts. More os a repeat on a theme. These are Bartlett pears I believe, but I shop whichever smells prettiest that day when it comes to pears! 🙂