Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chocolate Pear Bundt Cake with Chocolate Caramel Sauce

Who wants cake!? Dr. Fuhrman says that most Americans are on the "cake diet"… cupcakes, muffins, bread, pasta, bagels, … pretty much all the same thing: low nutrient foods in the form of flour, sugar and oil, but just dressed up differently. He's right! And he's got a great sense of humor. If you're a "nutritarian" or just want to get an extremely thorough nutritional education, purchase and watch his 10-DVD collection called The Immersion Excursion. I've watched these videos over and over again. So much great information!

I seldom eat these kinds of "cake diet" foods, but every once in a while, I will make and partake of… CAKE. Like this one. Yes, it has flour (I used whole spelt flour) but it has no oil and is very low in sugar compared to most desserts. So, if you're going to indulge, at least make sure you're using whole grains and keep it low glycemic. Your body will thank you as well as your taste buds! So, for a special occasion or "just because" I hope you will enjoy this one.

Ingredients
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for the cake:

~ dry
  • 3 cups spelt flour (or whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1¼ cups coconut sugar or other minimally processed, granulated sweetener
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt (optional)
~ wet
  • ½ cup cocoa powder + ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 TBS flax meal + 6 TBS water
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unsweetened, plant based milk (I used soy)
  • 1 cup pear purée (1 large Bosc pear)
  • 2 cups chopped pear, stem and seeds removed (1 large Bosc pear, this measurement does not have to be exact)
for the sauce:
  • 1 cup pitted, medjool dates, soaked for one hour and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract


Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Lightly grease a bundt pan and set aside.
  3. Combine the boiling water with the cocoa powder in an heat proof container of some kind (I used a pyrex measuring cup), stir well until you have a paste, and set aside to cool.
  4. Mix the flax meal with the 6 TBS water and set aside for about 10 minutes. It will gel up.
  5. Combine all dry ingredients together and mix well to combine.
  6. Peel and core one pear and place in a food processor. Pulse until puréed but not liquified (like applesauce consistency).
  7. Whisk all the wet ingredients together, except for the chopped pear.
  8. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well.
  9. Fold in the chopped pear.
  10. Pour batter into the bundt pan, spread evenly and bake 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  11. Let cool to room temperature in pan, then invert onto a plate.
  12. To make the sauce, blend all sauce ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth.
  13. Serve with drizzled chocolate caramel sauce and vegan whipped cream if you like!


Enjoy!

Healthy trails with a little cake on the side,











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