Sweet Treat

Don’t deny your cravings for sweets just because you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. When nutrition is a top concern, desserts can often seem off-limits. But they don’t have to be! Just commit to changing the way you eat your treats. Our Honey Cake With Caramelized Pears is the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth without jeopardizing your health goals. Filled with all-natural and nutritious ingredients, this recipe is a delicious and guilt-free way to indulge your taste buds without using refined sugars. The signature honey provides an abundance of sweetness to this delightful cake and its otherflavorful ingredients, such as tea, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, make it wonderfully scented. Plus, the addition of caramelized pears adds an extra boost of nutrition and sweetness. Just in time for the Jewish holidays, celebrate the New Year in good health and happiness!

Nutrient Booster: Flaxseed + Honey

Flaxseedis emerging as a “superfood” as scientific research points to their many health benefits. We love baking with flaxseed because it is an easy nutrient booster that can easily be added to so many different recipes, both sweet and savory! Flaxseed is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linoleic acid. For those following a plant-based diet and don’t eat seafood, flaxseed is an optimal source of omega-3 fats. Research studies show that alpha-linoleic acid, found in flaxseed, prevents cholesterol from clogging the arteries of the heart. Flaxseed is also high in dietary fiber. Soluble fiber can help regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol.

We also love to use honey in this recipe because it naturally sweetens this delicious cake while providing an abundance of nutritional benefits. High quality honey contains antioxidants which are important for fighting free-radicals in the body. The antioxidants in honey can also help to lower blood pressure, an important risk for heart disease. Choosing honey over refined and processed sugar may lead to long-term health benefits allowing you to enjoy your sweets year after year!

Dinner Party Pairs

Looking to serve this cake at a dinner party? We’ve got so many recipe ideas to help plan your entire meal. Start the evening by serving your guests a delicious and easy vegan appetizer like our Zesty Herb Cashew Cheese with crackers and veggies. Next, your guests will love a bowl of our Creamy Avocado Broccoli Soup and Chard Salad with Carrots Beets and Sunflower Seeds. Our One Pan Chicken Dinner is a perfect and delicious entree that is easy to prepare and loved by all. And finally, serve this Honey Cake as a delightfully sweet treat to end the night!

Honey Cake with Caramelized Pears

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup boiling water + 1 English breakfast tea bag, steeped for 2-3 minutes
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon course salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil, + 1 teaspoon

Caramelized Pears

  • 4 medium pears, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 sprigs mint, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour ½ cup boiling water in a mug and add the teabag. Steep for 2-3 minutes. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

  2. In a large bowl, combine gluten free all purpose flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, honey, tea, avocado oil and applesauce. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

  4. Use 1 teaspoon of avocado oil to grease a 9 inch springform pan, then pour in the batter. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

  5. In a large skillet, add avocado oil over medium heat. Add honey and cinnamon, and stir for a minute or two. Add pears and cook, stirring gently for approximately 10 minutes until pears are caramelized.

  6. Remove pan from the oven and cool for 30-60 minutes. Top cake by placing sliced pears clockwise and garnish with 2 sprigs of mint. Slice into 16 servings.

Recipe Notes

Nutrient Analysis:
Serving size: 1/16th of cake, Calories: 200, Fat: 5 grams, Saturated fat: 0.5 grams, Carbohydrates: 35 grams, Sugar: 23 grams, Sodium: 140 milligrams, Fiber: 3 grams, Protein: 2 grams, Cholesterol: 150 milligrams

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