Simple Spring Pear Cake
Lately I've been playing around with baking. I have a huge sweet tooth but also know well enough that sugar wreaks havoc on the body. I break out, get bloated and moody as hell. It's essentially like going through PMS every time I eat sweets. As a Holistic Nutritionist I try to find alternatives to refined sugary desserts to help lessen the negative impact they have on my body. Because here's the thing: I don't like to deny myself foods when I want them. Denying foods can lead to binge eating later on down the road, I can attest to this, and let's face it eating an entire cake at midnight versus enjoying that one slice when you want it is a whole lot healthier.
Enter this really simple and sweet pear cake. Sweetened with coconut sugar and the natural sweetness of anjou pears it really hits the spot.
Pears are an incredible source of fiber and vitamin C. But let's be real in this recipe they are being baked into a CAKE and while the ingredients themselves are much healthier than their refined counterparts, it is still full of sugar. Even though I would like to think that cake is a health food it is not :( but I can soothe myself with the knowledge that this is most likely better for me than a traditional cake. I still won't eat the whole thing at midnight though....
Enjoy friends! xo
Spring Pear Cake Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
1 1/3 cup spelt flour (could also use gluten free or regular)
1 cup coconut sugar
1/4 tsp pink salt
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup full fat yogurt
3 pears sliced
Preheat oven to 350F and prep cake pan or dish by lightly greasing with coconut oil
In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, blend sugar and oil together until fluffy
Beat in the vanilla and the eggs (mix in 1 at a time)
In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients
Add in the dry ingredients to the sugar/oil/egg mixture SLOOOWLY
Add in the yogurt and blend until everything is combined
Fold in your sliced pears, reserving several slices for garnish
Pour batter into the cake pain, arrange remaining pear slices on top, sprinkle some coconut sugar on there as well
Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean
Let cool slightly
This cake will keep well on the counter covered for a day or two but needs to be refrigerated past that--if it lasts that long. Tastes awesome with a cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy!