Cardamom Pear Butter Cake

Serves: 8

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! We can finally say that it is officially fall and boy, does the weather feel like it too! We didn’t even hit 70 degrees here yesterday! It makes for perfect baking days! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The boyfriend and I stayed pretty low key this weekend. Saturday we went to see Clint Eastwood’s new movie ‘Trouble With The Curve’, which I really enjoyed! We also got a massage Saturday and then enjoyed dinner at home. Sunday was of course football day! I read the newest Clean Eating Magazine and baked while he watch the games! Can’t complain about that! It was a perfect day for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

This week I will have a lot of down time from my normal cardio regiment since I am tapering for my marathon this upcoming weekend! So excited! Of course, I will still do some mild cardio and weights for upper body, but my legs are going to be getting a nice, much needed break! So I apologize in advance if I seem a bit crazy this week! Running makes me sane (haha), so if you combine lack of running with excitement of the race, well, you end up with one crazy girl! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, enough babbling! Time to begin the week with another amazing fall flavored recipe! Today I am bringing you the flavors of pear and cardamom, which pair together so nicely! This would make the perfect dessert to bring to a fall party! I hope you enjoy it!

Fit Ingredients

  • 3/4c (63g) unflavored protein powder
  • 1/2c (56g) almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 3tbs stevia, powdered (or sweetener of choice)
  • 3/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 3/4c (6oz) low sodium ricotta cheese*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4c coconut milk
  • 1/2c + 2tbs (170g) pear butter
  • 1.5tsp pure vanilla extract

Icing

  • 1/2c (113g) greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • vanilla stevia (liquid), to taste

*I wanted to use greek yogurt, but I had run out, so feel free to sub with greek yogurt.

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  • 8in round cake pan
  • non stick cooking spray

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Directions

  1. Pre heat your oven to 335 degrees.
  2. Spray your baking pan with non stick spray.
  3. In a bowl combine your dry ingredients; protein powder, almond flour, stevia, cardamom, nutmeg, baking powder.
  4. In a second bowl whisk together your eggs, coconut milk, pear butter and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix your ricotta into your wet ingredients.
  6. Slowly mix your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients.
  7. Pour your batter into the pan.
  8. Bake for ~50 minutes or until edges or slightly golden and middle is set.
  9. Allow to cool.
  10. In a bowl combine your icing ingredients.
  11. Place icing in a ziploc bag and snip off the end.
  12. Swirl the icing over the cake of the cake in any design you choose.
  13. Slice cake and serve.

The result?? Pure deliciousness! The cake had the perfect balance of pear and cardamom! It was soft and made the perfect dessert! The icing gave an added warmth with the cinnamon too! Sadly, the boyfriend wasn’t around to try this one (yup, another one made while he was in Korea!), but that was OK! It gave me a nice little dessert for several nights! I think next time I would add some diced fresh pear to it for some additional oomph! But I was so excited the day I bought my pear butter I just went to town baking and didn’t think through what I had on hand! Which was OK because it still tasted amazing!

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Nutrition: (per 1 out of 8 slices, with icing)

Calories: 153.9, Protein: 12.8g, Carbs: 14.0g, Fat: 5.7g (1g Saturated), Sodium: 141mg, Fiber: 2g (Net Carbs: 12.0)

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13 Comments
  • ooooh I've never tried pear butter before! that sounds amazing :D
    September 24, 2012
  • I first thought the calories said "without icing, and was going to ask what damage the icing would do but then I re-read. I can never get over the low low calories in these tasty treats!
    September 24, 2012
    • Haha!!! It takes me a lot of time and prep to work up a recipe that tastes great, is clean and falls into a "snack" size calorie count! But it benefits me as well as all of my readers! The hardest thing for people to do is to change their eating habits! Once they realize they can eat healthy and have tasty treats too, it makes it much easier! I hope you enjoy them! Have a great day! :)
      September 24, 2012
  • Is it possible to make your own pear butter? I've never seen it here i Norway :S
    September 24, 2012
    • I have never tried! But I found this site that tells you how to do it. Just DO NOT use the sugar that it calls for because that would not make the recipe clean any longer. You could sub stevia or leave it out since pears are naturally sweet anyway! Let me know how it turns out for you! http://www.pickyourown.org/pearbutter.htm
      September 24, 2012
  • Ooo, I'm excited to hear about this upcoming race! And I love the taste of cardamom, and I know a container lasts forever, but I can never convince myself to shell out that initial $10-15 investment on a jar...
    September 24, 2012
    • WOAH!!! $10-15??!! That is expensive!! I paid $8.00 for mine and yes, it took me awhile to give in to buy it, but sooo worth it! And luckily, it does last forever! ;) BTW - your lunch looks amazing today! Love the spaghetti squash/tvp combo!! it was making me hungry looking at it!
      September 24, 2012
  • I can't wait to hear about your race this weekend. you are going to do awesome!
    September 24, 2012
    • Thanks girl! I have no goal other than to finish it since I was out of running for 8 months before I started training! Well, I should say finish it in a reasonable time! lol. But I am super excited and praying for no rain! Did you have a good weekend?
      September 24, 2012
  • Natalie
    I wish u the best of luck this weekend. You will do great. One question...are u going to carry sweetened ricotta during the marathon instead of Power Bites, etc? Haha. I know I would if u could (and it would actually help u replenish during the run!)
    September 24, 2012
    • Thank you so much Natalie!! And that is sooooo funny!!! Oh my goodness, I just burst out dying laughing! I think you're the only person who could say that and would make me laugh because you know how obsessed I am! hahaha Maybe I could seal it up in a ziploc and then just bite off the tip and squeeze it in my mouth like Gu! hahahaha I hope everything is going well! I need to give you a full update on all the products you sent me! In LOVE! I need to know where you go those coconut wraps....and that seasoning is my new favorite thing! Email me when you can! :)
      September 24, 2012
  • love cardamom! sounds like a great combo
    September 24, 2012

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