Overripe pears can quickly turn to mush if you do not use them up quickly. If sinking your teeth into an overripe pear does not grab your fancy, how else can you use up overripe pears?
Pear Banana Pie
Overripe pears are at just the right consistency to use in a pear banana pie. Use a good banana bread recipe, but adapt it by also adding pears to the recipe. Then mash the pears, along with the bananas, and pour into a greased baking pan and cook in a preheated oven until done. The pears will help complement the bananas and add an extra depth of flavour to the dish. If there is any pear left over, spoon it over the top of the pear banana pie along with a scoop of low-fat ice cream.
Healthy Ice Cream Topper
Rather than throw away a perfectly edible pear that is a little overripe, use it as a healthy ice cream topper instead. Mash the pear and add it to your ice cream of choice, along with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dash of vanilla extract. You can even slice or dice the pear if it is not too soft and then mix it into the ice cream.
Fruit Smoothie Ingredient
Smoothies are a great way to increase your daily fruit and vegetable intake, provided you include lots of healthy ingredients and stay away from too many added fats and sugars. Children especially love the taste of homemade fruit smoothies which is why it is worthwhile experimenting with lots of different ingredients that they will like. Include ingredients you have, such as overripe pears, for a twist on your usual fruit smoothie.
Overripe pears are not as appealing as firm, juicy fruit, which is why they are often thrown away, rather than used up. However, that is no excuse to waste overripe pears by throwing them away. There are many ways to use up overripe pears such as adding them to a pear banana pie, mashing them and using them as a healthy ice cream topper or combining them as a healthy ingredient in a fruit smoothie.