This is one of my all time favourite cakes. I discovered it at a farmers market in Devon, UK. I came every week for a slice even though I was working for a bakers at the time and vending for them. So I was surrounded by awesome cakes but this was just my ultimate jam! I stated asking for the recipe which she was understandably reluctant seeing as I was a fellow market baker. I reassured her it was for my own use and eventually she wrote it down the very vague recipe on a napkin. It took a few tries to get this to come out how I wanted it to but now the recipe is pretty foolproof.
Sticky, dense, fruity and chocolaty this is made with a blend of almonds and gluten-free flour and so is great for those avoiding gluten and wheat. Originally the recipe is with brown sugar but I replaced it with coconut sugar. You could also use a liquid sweetener but that could change the balance of wet-dry ingredients so this would need to be tweaked. The pear is awesome as it lightens up the dense nature of the cake, especially with the gluten-free flour which doesn’t rise much.
The pear is awesome as it lightens up the dense nature of the cake, especially with the gluten-free flour which doesn’t rise much. Use a firm, even slightly under-ripe large pear so to keep the form of the chunks during cooking.
Vegan Gluten-free, Banana Chocolate Cake with Pear
Ingredients– makes 2 small brownie trays
280g ground almonds
200g gluten free self-raising flour
350ml coconut oil
280g coconut sugar
1 large pear cut into chunks
4 ripe bananas, mashed
100g dark chocolate chunks (cut from a good quality, high cacao content bar)
- Weigh out all ingredients apart from the chocolate and pear chunks into a large bowl and mix well.
- Lightly fold in the chocolate and pear chunks so they are evenly spread but making sure you don’t break up the pear.
- Pour into 2 greased and lined trays and smooth the top
- Bake at 175C/350F for 30-40 minutes. It will be slightly browned but due to the sticky nature of this cake the old skewer test doesn’t really tell you much here. It’s kind of like a brownie in that you don’t want to ver back it.
- Glaze with apricot jam if you’d like but it’s not necessary and is great plain too.