Gluten-Free Pear Snack Cake
This cake was inspired by the ingenious Elana from Elana’s Pantry.
Elana has a magical ability to create just about any baked good you can imagine sans the flour (although she doesn’t stop at baked goods!).
Unbelievable, but true, Elana can make anything from cupcakes, biscuits, breads. cookies and more basing her recipes around almond butter and almond flour. It’s really quite unbelievable if you ask me – but I’ve made several of her recipes and can assure you that they are delicious (and I am not even gluten-free!)
On another note, I was so excited to be feeling better (FYI I have finally made it to the second trimester- yahoo!) that when I got to the farmers market I loaded up on tons of seasonal fruits and veggies. I mean TONS! (Have I ever mentioned that I can have a bit of an all-or-nothing personality? I mean you don’t spend 10 years of your life on and off diets and yo-yo dieting if you don’t – they kind of go hand in hand).
So let’s just say that after about 8 weeks of doing nothing in the kitchen I was ready to go to all in!
My point? I had a handful of ripe pears (and other ingredients!) that I needed to use ASAP and had “snack cake” on the brain.
I wanted something not too sweet and not too heavy that would hit the spot while being a nourishing treat for me and my family! And that’s when I found Elana’s Cinnamon Apple Cake.
I made a few tweaks - I swapped the apple for pear, added a diced pear for a little texture, cut back on the cinnamon and added a bit of nutmeg and orange zest. But the body of the cake was just as Elana suggested; almond butter, eggs, cinnamon, and a kiss of agave. So nutritious I dare to even call it cake!
Not only did my husband and I love this cake but Katie gobbled it up too! And with an ingredient list like this one, I was happy to serve her cake for breakfast!
If you feel like being a bit indulgent, I highly suggest some fresh whipped cream right on top – but if you are keeping things super clean, a bit of Greek yogurt will certainly do the job!
Gluten-Free Pear Snack Cake
Yield: 9 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
- 2 ripe pears, cored and chopped
- The zest from one orange (preferably organic)
- 2 tbsp fresh orange juice (from the same orange)
- 1 cup roasted and unsalted almond butter
- ¼ cup agave nectar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp of vanilla beans (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp salt
Pre-heat oven to 350
In a food processor combine one pear, orange zest, orange juice, and almond butter and pulse until everything is well combined.
Add in agave, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and once again pulse until combined.
Pour batter into an 8x8 glass pyrex dish that you have coated with cooking spray.
Sprinkle the remaining pear over the batter and then use a spatula to gently push the pears under the surface.
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
Top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or some Greek yogurt. Enjoy!
Makes 9 servings.
Calories: 236; Total Fat: 17g; Saturated Fat: 1.1g; Cholesterol: 40mg; Carbohydrate: 19.1g; Dietary Fiber: 4.2g; Sugars: 12.8g; Protein: 8.7g