It is Vegan, Gluten-free, and dairy-free. I have used nuts to add to the crunch, but if one needs nut-free cake it can be completely skipped.
Though this cake uses fall’s favorite apple and pear, it has all the fruit and spices that can be enjoyed for Christmas. I have added spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to this breakfast bake to give that warm comforting Christmas touch.
This is also a great dessert for your Thanksgiving party or just when you need it. It stays good in the freezer for a couple of months, so you can bake ahead and enjoy it when needed.
Ingredients used in Oats Pear Apple cake
One of the main ingredients in the recipe. I have used pears which were gifted to me by my friend. Any variety of pears can be used, just make sure they are soft so that they add their natural sweetness and moisture to the recipe.
Applesauce is a replacement for butter or oil. To cut down on the calories and also to add the necessary moisture. I have made the applesauce at home, but one can use the ready ones too. Making sugar-free applesauce is very easy, I will detail it in the recipe.
Oil and Milk
Both are used for fat and moisture. I have used Vegan almond milk and coconut oil here. One can replace it with any milk or oil of choice.
I have used dark brown sugar. One can replace it with granulated sugar or a sweetener of choice. Even honey or maple syrup will go well.
Cinnamon, ginger powder, cloves powder, and salt are used as spices and flavorings. If you do not like the taste of anything, you can skip it. Nutmeg powder can be added too.
Baking powder and Baking soda are used as leavening agents. Vanilla extract is used as flavoring
Nuts are added for the extra crunch and topping. One can skip if required.
Chopped pears are just used as a topping.
Making of Sugar-Free Applesauce
Rinse the apples well. Chop 4 medium-sized apples into small size pieces. Add 1.5-2 cups water in a large bowl and let it come to a boil. Add the apples and simmer until the apples are soft and done. They should be very soft. Let it cool slightly. Pass it through a sieve to get a smooth sauce.
This might give you more applesauce than needed in the recipe. It stays good in the fridge for a couple of days.
Can we refrigerate this cake?
Yes, the cake can be refrigerated or frozen. Stays good in the fridge for 4-5 days. Stays good in the freezer for 4-5 months or more. Cool and slice the cake completely before freezing. Reheat in microwave or stove-top when required.
Oats Pear Apple Cake
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 cups oats flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- ½ teaspoon cloves powder
- 1 tsp 4g baking powder
- ½ tsp 3g baking soda
- ¼ tsp 2g salt
- ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts optional + extra on top
- 2 tsp 8g pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup 180g unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup 100g almond milk or milk of choice
- 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 4 small pears 1 ¾ cups chopped – 1oo grams in 1 cup
- 1 chopped pear for topping
Unsweetened Applesauce (This might give you more apple sauce than needed in the recipe. It stays good in the fridge for a couple of days.)
- 4 medium-sized apples
- 2 cups water (More or less might be required)
- Add the oats in a blender.
- Process the oats to a flour-like texture.
Making of Unsweetened Applesauce
- Rinse the apples well.4 medium-sized apples
- Chop 2 medium-sized apples into small size pieces.
- In a large bowl, add 1.5-2 cups of water.2 cups water
- Let the water come to a boil.
- Add the apples and simmer.
- Let the apples simmer until they are soft and done. They should be very soft. Let it cool slightly.
- Pass it through a sieve to get a smooth sauce.
- Discard the peel collected on the top of the sieve.
Making of the Oats Pear Apple Cake
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / 356 degrees Fahrenheit
- In a large bowl add the oats flour, cinnamon, ginger powder, cloves powder, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar.2 cups oats flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger powder, ½ teaspoon cloves powder, 1 tsp 4g baking powder, ½ tsp 3g baking soda, ¼ tsp 2g salt, ¼ cup brown sugar
- Add in the chopped nuts (leaving a tablespoon behind) and give a nice mix.
- To this add 4 of the chopped pear and mix again so that the flour is coated on the pear. This helps in pear not get sunk below.4 small pears
- Add applesauce, almond milk, oil, and vanilla extract and mix until everything is well incorporated.2 tsp 8g pure vanilla extract, ½ cup 100g almond milk or milk of choice, 4 tbsp melted coconut oil, ¾ cup 180g unsweetened applesauce
- Do not overmix.
- Add the batter to a greased baking tray.
- Top it with chopped pear and nuts and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C / 356 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.1 chopped pear for topping, ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- Standard US-size cups and spoons are used. 1 Cup = 240 ml, 1 tbsp = 15 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml
- All ovens are different, so keep a close watch on the cake after 30 minutes.
- Baking time varies with changes in the baking tin size.
- For me, the cake took around 45 minutes in the oven. The size of the oven dish and temperature varies and hence I have mentioned 30-40 minutes above, but it might take a bit longer at times.
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