1 Bartlett or Anjou pear
8 teaspoons peanut butter
4 teaspoons strawberry preserves
8 slices whole grain wheat bread
Use a flower-shaped cookie cutter to cut each slice of bread. If bread sticks to cutter, gently push the petals out with your fingers. Wash the pear and cut in half. Remove the core. Cut each pear half into four slices, then cut each slice into five pieces. You will use only the center three pieces of each slice.
Spread 1 teaspoon of peanut butter in a circle in the center of each of the flowers. Place 3 pieces of pear on the peanut butter on each flower. Arrange the pears so the skin is facing out and the white centers are touching in the middle. Drizzle ½ teaspoon of strawberry preserves in the center of each flower and over the pears.
Recipe provided courtesy of Pear Bureau Northwest (www.usapears.org)
Nutrition information per serving:
Fat: 3.5 g
Saturated fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrates: 18 g
Protein: 5 g
Fiber: 3 g