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Pear noodles? Yes, they’re a thing. And spoiler alert: they’re delicious. To make this dinner party-worthy dish, all you need is a spiralizer and 15 minutes of time. Full of heart-healthy fiber, pears also deliver a large dose of vitamin C, which plays in important role in strengthening the immune system and preventing pre-mature signs of aging in skin. Instead of white sugar and cocoa powder, this chocolate sauce gets its sweetness from nutritious cashews (great source of vitaman E), raw honey (antibacterial properties) and cacoa powder (packed with antioxidants).
PEAR NOODLES WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE
1½ cups cashews
1 cup water
3 Tbsp. raw honey or maple syrup
5 Tbsp. cacao powder
Seeds of 1 vanilla bean
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch sea salt flakes
2 medium, firm, seasonal pears
2 Tbsp. crushed almonds, divided
2 tsp. cacao nibs, divided
1 tsp. chia seeds, divided
1 small handful fresh raspberries
1 Add the chocolate sauce ingredients to a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Transfer sauce to a medium bowl and set aside.
2 Slice off tops of pears and set aside.
3 Spiralize pears on the thin blade, leaving about ¾ inch ends (bottoms).
4. Place the pear bottoms on a plate and spoon 1 Tbsp. chocolate sauce onto each one. Sprinkle half of the crushed almonds, cacao nibs, and chia seeds between the two, then carefully arrange the pear noodles on top.
5. Spoon another Tbsp. of chocolate sauce on top of the pear noodles, sprinkle the remaining crushed almonds, cacao nibs and chia seeds between the two, and add the fresh raspberries.
6. Place the pear tops on top and serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of Nourishing Noodles by Chris Anca, published by Race Point Publishing ($23).