Apple, Pear and Raisin Cake

I’m back! Yay! And after five days off real food I was really craving something deliciously sweet and filling so I dreamt up this awesome apple, pear and raisin cake last night and wow did it taste good! Served hot with some one ingredient banana ice cream it is really the perfect winter treat. So lovely and light thanks to all the fruit, yet filling enough to leave you awesomely satisfied. Having so much apple and pear also means that it stays deliciously moist, even after cooking, which is wonderful. The raisins really compliment this sweet, tender texture too as they become so perfectly soft and juicy when cooked, meaning that every little bite just melts-in-your-mouth.

 It was a huge success over the weekend, everyone gobbled it up! Definitely a great option over Christmas when you’re after a health alternative to all the traditional treats, especially as the cinnamon and nutmeg give great festive tastes!

This is such a super healthy cake too – its pretty much just almonds, pecans, apples, pears and oats- so you’ll feel awesome after it. And since half the mixture is made of fruit it’s a pretty light option too, which is great over the holidays. All these ingredients are also awesomely simple and available at any larger supermarket, which means there’s no reason not to bake it! I hope you enjoy it as much as we all did!

Serves 12:

– 3 red apples

– 2 pears

– 1 1/2 cups of raisins

– 2 cups of ground almonds

– 1 cup of pecans

– 1 cup of oats (if you don’t eat oats use brown rice or buckwheat flour)

– 1/2 a cup of almond milk

– 4 tablespoons of pure maple syrup

– 1 tablespoon of cashew butter

– 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

– 4 teaspoons of cinnamon

– 2 teaspoons of nutmeg

– 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Start by peeling the apples and pears, then core the apples. Chop the fruit into chunks, placing these in a saucepan with one teaspoon of cinnamon. Allow them to cook for 5-10 minutes, until they become nice and soft.

While these cook place the pecans into a food processor and blend for about 30 seconds, until they become small bite sized chunks. Remove and place to one side.

Then place all of the remaining ingredients, except the pecans and raisins, into a food processor for a few minutes until all nicely blended. Once the fruit is cooked add it and mix again before placing the mixture into a bowl and stirring in the pecans and raisins.

Pour the mixture into a lined baking dish and bake at 180C for about 40 minutes, until the top becomes ever so slightly brown and a knife can be stuck in and removed without any batter sticking to it.

Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes before removing the cake from the pan.

Slice, serve and enjoy!