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Poached Chocolate Pears

Deliciously juicy and sweet, poaches pears make a fantastic dessert any night of the week. Cover in a little chocolate and you’ve got a show-stopper fit for entertaining the fussiest of guests.





  • 2 small pears
  • 40g raw chocolate bar or very dark chocolate (85%)
  • ¼ cup crushed almonds


  1. Peel, halve and core the pears.
  2. Place in a pan, cover with boiling water and simmer for 8-10 minutes until tender.
  3. In a ramekin, melt chocolate in microwave or over a double-boiler.
  4. In another ramekin, add chopped nuts.
  5. Remove pears and dry with kitchen paper.
  6. Quickly dip into melted chocolate, and then again into the crushed nuts. Serve immediately.

Substitute almonds for any of your favourite nuts.
Don’t use milk chocolate for this – it’s generally got more sugar and bad fats than dark chocolate.
Read all about how to make your own healthy chocolate with my Chocolate Everyday eBook.

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

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