Instant Pot Almond-Toffee Topped Pears

Instant Pot Almond-Toffee Topped Pears
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Source: The Instant Pot Diabetes Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Photography by Eric Hinders; Food Styling by Caroline Tremmel; Art Direction by Haleigh Eason.

Toast, poach, and simmer—everything you need to do to make this tasty dessert you can do in the Instant Pot! Sugar-free candies are used to create a rich toffee sauce to top these cinnamon poached pears. It may look fancy, but this dessert comes together in under 20 minutes.

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  • Prep time
    15 min
  • Cook time
    11 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    1/2 pear
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1/2 pear
  • Amount per serving Calories 130

  • Total Fat 5g
    • Saturated Fat 0.9g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 5mg
  • Sodium 80mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 22g
    • Dietary Fiber 4g
    • Total Sugars 11g
  • Protein 2g
  • Potassium 170mg
  • Phosphorus 45mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1/2 Carbohydrate, 1 Fruit, 1 Fat



  • slivered almonds
    1/4 cup
  • sugar-free caramel-flavored hard candies (such as Werther's) (crushed)
  • salt
    1 pinch
  • water
    3/4 cup
  • apple juice
    1/4 cup
  • cinnamon stick
  • firm pears (peeled, halved lengthwise, and cored)
  • light butter with canola oil
    1 tsp
  • vanilla extract
    1/2 tsp


  1. Press the Sauté button on the multicooker. When the pot is hot, add the almonds and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool, then coarsely chop.

  2. In a small bowl, add the chopped almonds, crushed candies, and salt. Set aside.

  3. Place the water, juice, and cinnamon stick in the multicooker pot. Place the steamer basket in the pot and arrange the pears on top of it.

  4. Seal the lid, close the valve, and press the Cancel button. Select Manual and cook for 2 minutes. (If you prefer a very tender pear, cook an additional minute.) Use a quick pressure release.

  5. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Remove the steamer basket and pears. Place the pears, cut side up, in four dessert bowls. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick.

  6. Press the Cancel button, then press the Sauté button. Bring the liquid in the pot to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced to ¼ cup. Stir in the butter, vanilla extract, and almond-candy mixture. Cook for 30 seconds, or until the toffee has melted, stirring constantly.

  7. Working quickly, spoon about 4 tsp of the toffee sauce into the center of each pear half.