Experimenting with new dessert recipes is always an exciting challenge, but what makes it even more fun is when you're baking with dairy and egg alternatives that make your masterpiece a tad bit healthier. When you find the plant-based yogurt, vegan egg, and nut-based milk which work the best for you, depending on consistency, and taste, you'll use those ingredients on repeat and bake more, healthier, alternatives to your favorite guilty-pleasures.

Today's recipe of the day is a moist, gooey, delicious chai spiced pear cake drizzled with a melt-in-your-mouth creamy vanilla glaze that tastes just as good on its own. When you mix together the ingredients to make the glaze, it's tempting to eat the frosting by the spoonful. I like to keep an extra bowl in the fridge and dip strawberries and chocolate when I need a sweet fix. But besides the icing on the cake, the loaf has a soft spongey texture with little bits of sweet pear and crisp, sugary, flakey edges that will make the end piece your favorite part about this cake. When you feel it's time to switch up your go-to vanilla, chocolate, or carrot cake, this recipe will give your taste buds an entirely different experience of flavor. Since spring is on its way, try to lighten-up your desserts by using fruits for natural sweetness and plant-based ingredients to reduce inflammation. Happy baking!

Recipe Developer: Nikki Jahnke, @its_nicolettemarie

Chai Spiced Pear Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dairy-free mixed berry yogurt
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 scoop vanilla chai protein
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 packets chai latte mix (or chai spice)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 flax egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pear, chopped

*Optional Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp nut milk
  • 1 tsp chai spice
  • Splash vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix flax egg & sugar in a bowl and then add oil & vanilla & mix again. Add yogurt (not too cold) and mix into a smooth consistency.
  2. Add all dry ingredients together besides pear to a bowl & mix. Mix into wet.
  3. Fold in pear. Pour into lined baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until the toothpick comes clean. *optional glaze mix all ingredients together and pour over loaf once it has cooled.