* - if your pears are ripe & soft, just slice them up and throw them in. If, like mine, they are a little on the hard side, slice them, put them in a small pot with about 2 tablespoons of water and gently heat over medium heat until you can see them soften and break down.
** - you can use any store bought all purpose GF Flour Mix, I have used my own preferred home made blend of sorghum, potato starch, buckwheat flour and xanthan gum. Mix 1 cup each of sorghum and potato starch with ½ cup of buckwheat flour and 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum.
*** - Oats are naturally gluten free, however, most are packaged on equipment that processes gluten based products, so gluten contamination is likely. There are 'Certified' gluten free oats on the market - look out for those. Or if you are at all uncertain, quinoa flakes are a fabulous alternative and naturally gluten free.