This Pear Cake is a simple and scrumptious way to make use of delicious pears. This pear cake is easy to make, loaded with whole grains, and refined-sugar free. Everyone adores this for breakfast, snack, or a healthyish dessert.
Before I massively rave over this Honey Pear Cake recipe, I have to brag a little bit about the cute honeycrisp apple tree I just bought.
I’m beyond excited about my new baby apple tree and cannot wait to watch it grow. I’m no gardener [my succulent died, no lie] but I’m blessed to have super geeky garden friends. They’ve assured me that we can expect to pluck some delicious honeycrisp apples off our tree in just one or two seasons. Of course, I’ve been kicking myself in the butt for not planting an apple tree years ago. In my defense, every year we kept thinking we were going to move. But hi, we’re going on 10 years in the same place, so it’s now or never.
Here’s the deal: I love munching on fresh honeycrisp apples…but pears are my fave for baking. The humble pear is typically overlooked because there’s something classically endearing about an easy one-bowl apple cake and amazing apple pie with flaky butter crust. There’s definitely an important place for baked apple goodies.
However. If you haven’t tried baking with pears, I encourage you not to wait a day longer. Pears bake up with a similar tender texture as apples do, but pears offer a wonderfully aromatic flavor that’s unparalleled.
Over a decade ago, I started baking this moist Pear Bread. People kept asking for the recipe and they were all what? really? when they realized the bread was made with pears instead of apples. Thus started my pear cake crush.
Introducing this luscious Honey Pear Cake Recipe…
How to make a healthy pear cake:
It’s incredibly simple to make a healthy pear cake recipe. You’ll peel and dice the pears just as you would with apples. If you want to do this ahead of time, just sprinkle enough lemon juice to coat the pears so they retain their fresh color.
Use white whole wheat flour instead of white flour. White whole wheat is whole-grain goodness, but milder in taste than regular whole wheat. Replace any refined sugar with pure, raw honey. I have been loving the results of baking with honey these past few years. Honey and pears go hand in hand.
We also replace unhealthy fats with either coconut oil or olive oil. You can’t taste the olive oil in cakes, and it provides a tender and moist crumb. I routinely alternate between either coconut or olive oil with great results.
You’ll adore this Honey Pear Cake because:
- It’s moist, tender, and luscious
- It tastes amazing on its own; no icing needed unless you really want to 😉
- There’s no refined sugar
- It’s healthy enough for breakfast
- It’s yummy enough for dessert, especially if you top with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream
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