Pear and Almond Butter Breakfast Cake

A little breakfast friendly cake: portable, nutritious and delicious!

Pear and almonds are like a match made in heaven! Here I’m using ripes pears, which are very sweet and that means I don’t need to add any sugar. I’m not anti-sugar but why add any if you don’t need to? I saw someone making breakfast muffins yesterday in a program about losing weight and the recipe called for apples, honey, bananas, sweeteners, raisins and brown sugar! Really? To start the day?!

Why have cake for breakfast? Why not, I say… Given that it doesn’t contain any sugar and is mostly oats, egg and fruit, its name refers to its form rather than content; not exactly the same as starting the day with a piece of black forest gateau, is it?

Sometimes when you don’t have much time in the morning you want to be able to grab something before you head out. I can’t say that this is often my case but quite a few of my clients start early, have long commutes or travel around and for them having portable food is essential and this breakfast was very much created with them in mind.

It is meant for one person but, of course, feel free to make more and freeze so that you always have one to grab.

You could easily make this gluten-free if needed, just use oats that are certified GF and GF baking powder.

• 30g oats
• ½ tsp. baking powder
• 1 pinch of salt
• 1 ripe pear
• 1 egg
• 1 tbsp. ground flaxseeds
• 1 tbsp. almond butter
• ¼ tsp. vanilla bean paste

Peel the pear, core it and mash it in a large bowl. Add the egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly.

Tip all the dry ingredients in the mixture and mix until well combined then swirl in the almond butter.

Pour the mixture in a greased metal tin or a silicon mould and bake for 20min in a preheated oven at 180 °C

You could also cook this in the microwave, which would be a lot quicker but not quite as like as you wouldn’t get the crunch. I’m afraid I can’t give you timings for cooking in the microwave as I don’t have one.