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I have several favourite flavour combinations…peanut butter and strawberries, apple and salted caramel, orange and cranberry are all good examples. Chocolate, is of course, good with pretty much anything, however a personal love of mine is dark chocolate and ginger. I love the warmth the spice gives to the chocolate. At this time of year, when they are in season and at their best, juicy pears are a great addition to that pairing. I’ve made chocolate, ginger pear green smoothies, and in a much less ‘polish your halo’ version of healthiness, here is a cake version of that combo. However, it might look like cake and most certainly taste like cake, but it has no grain flour in it at all and is naturally sweetened. 

This is a cake you can eat with your healthy halo still intact!

Pear, Ginger and Dark Chocolate Chip Cake
Yields 12
A grain and (almost) refined sugar free cake with a dense, moist crumb
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of ground almonds
  2. 1/4 cup of coconut flour
  3. 1/2 tbsp of baking powder
  4. 2 tsp of ground ginger (more if you like a stronger ginger flavour)
  5. 4 large free range eggs
  6. 1/4 cup of full fat greek yoghurt
  7. 1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted
  8. 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  9. 1 1/2 cups of almond milk
  10. 1/2 cup of coconut sugar (I used coconom ginger coconut sugar)
  11. 2 large pears
  12. 1/4 - 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Pre heat the oven to 350F / 180c.
  2. Combine the ground almond, coconut flour, ginger and baking powder in a bowl and set aside
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, yoghurt, milk and vanilla extract. Allow to come to room temperature
  4. Melt the coconut oil, then while whisking, add the coconut oil in a slow drizzle to the other wet ingredients.
  5. Slice and chop the pear into chunks.
  6. Combine the dry ingredients into the wet then lightly mix in the chopped pears and chocolate chips.
  7. Grease a baking dish (mine was 10x8) and pour in the mixture.
  8. Bake for 45 - 60 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch.
  9. Serve warm, with a pudding like texture, or allow to cool and slice into squares.
Notes
  1. I used ginger infused coconut sugar. Feel free to use regular brown sugar or plain coconut sugar instead, but increase the ground ginger.
  2. I used 1/4 cup of greek yoghurt in place of some of the coconut oil in the recipe I adapted this from. Feel free to use 1/2 a cup of coconut oil.
  3. The batter may initially seem thin, but give it a few moments and it will thicken as the coconut flour absorbs the liquid. Do use your kitchen intuition and add more coconut flour a tbsp at a time if needed.
Adapted from Kristen Hedges Paleo Coffee Cake
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You can enjoy the cake warm from the oven to delight in the melted chocolate chips and pudding like texture. If you allow it to cool, it will firm up and it’s texture will change from that of a pudding to a more traditional cake crumb.

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This is really very filling. I got 12 deep chunky squares from this, but if you used a different baking tray you could probably get 16 more reasonable size slices. The mixture doesn’t rise too much, but as you can see, these are big dense squares of yumminess!

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I left the pear skin on, but feel free to peel them if you don’t like their texture. 

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This cake would be great for dessert or as a morning or afternoon accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee. It is actually so full of good stuff it would even make a more decadent breakfast that would keep you full all morning.

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As with the majority of my baked recipes, these will freeze very well. I’ve squirrelled away several slices wrapped in foil to enjoy later, I can’t wait!

What is one of your favourite flavour combinations? Do you prefer pudding like cakes or spongy cakes?

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