Unicorn Poached Pears

A dye-free, nutrient-packed dessert that’s delicious and healthy. These pears are poached in water with superfood powders and maple syrup for a naturally sweetened, naturally colored, fun sweet treat for the whole family!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Suncore Foods. The opinions and text are all mine. The Suncore product mentioned in this post was sent to me as a gift to use in this recipe, thank you so much! 

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We’re heading into pear season y’all!!! And although we most likely eat them all year ’round, they are typically known to be a fall and winter fruit. These Unicorn Poached Pears say “hello fall” without saying “goodbye summer”.

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You see, my artsy fartsy side loves all things vibrant, and duh, that includes my food! I feel so blessed to have crossed paths with the Queens of Color, the ladies over at Suncore Foods (plus #womenempowerment) and their amazing, healthy, nutrient-dense Supercolor Powders!

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If you’ve spent a little time on my blog (and I surely invite you to do so if you haven’t) you’ll know that I am a huge advocate for dye-free, naturally colored, nothing-artificial-about-it eats. Conventional food dyes can be extremely harmful for our bodies, especially our kids- but it’s just so fun to eat pretty, so join me in thanking Suncore Foods for what they do!


Now other than the fact these pears need to “soak” in your fridge overnight to really absorb the color, these only take 20 minutes to make! So plan the day before to peel and poach and then let them obtain unicorn status while you sleep- talk about beauty sleep.

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I try to stick with desserts that are naturally sweet, like pears, but I’m human you guys, and crave all the sweet treats, so when I bake (or poach), I try to sweeten my goodies with natural sources of sweeteners like maple or agave syrup. This of course is optional, so if you wish to just enjoy the sweetness of the pear, go you! Consuming less sugar is especially important if you have thyroid disorders like I do. Sugar messes with your hormones and can hinder thyroid function, so if you have the choice, opt for natural sweeteners.

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For these poached pears I used Suncore Foods’ Pink Pitaya Super Color Powder, Purple Sweet Potato Supercolor Powder, and Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Supercolor Powder and no joke, no crazy editing- they really turn out this vibrant!

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If you’re into easy desserts and pears, check out my PITAYA POACHED PEARS WITH COCONUT WHIP + CHOCOLATE. And if you’re up for the challenge, go ahead and tag me on Instagram or Facebook using @HealthyLittleVittles and #ditchingdyes #healthylittlevittles 🙂

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Unicorn Poached Pears

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 pears
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min


  • 3 pears (peeled)
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp Suncore Foods Pink Pitaya Supercolor Powder
  • 1 tbsp Suncore Foods Purple Sweet Potato Supercolor Powder
  • 1 tsp Suncore Foods Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Supercolor Powder
  • coconut whipped topping (optional)
  • sprinkles


  1. Peel your pears, but leave the stems attached

  2. In a large saucepan, whisk together water, vanilla, salt and maple syrup and bring to a boil

  3. Add the pears and boil for 15-20 minutes

    **NOTE: make sure the pears are covered with the brine

  4. Remove from heat and reserve 1-1.5 cups of brine per pear

  5. Pour 1 cup of brine into each mason jar (or a small bowl alternatively), then add 1 supercolor powder to each and whisk to combine well (try not to have any lumps)

  6. Carefully place one pear in each mason jar (with a wide mouth), then use any leftover brine to make sure the pears are fully submerged

  7. Cover and refrigerate overnight in the liquid

  8. Serve with coconut whipped cream and sprinkles


Recipe inspired by 365 Clean Eats

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