This simple healthy apple cake is rich, moist, and delicious. It is perfect served next to a cup of tea for elevenses or as a healthy afterschool snack.
Made with whole grain flour and nuts means that it is high in fiber and protein. While the recipe includes a very small amount of sugar, I usually use ground dates instead for a sugar-free option.
Adding Flavor To Your Healthy Apple cake
A Bit of Sweetness
This cake is not very sweet. In fact, the flavor is more like a whole grain muffin than a cake. Here’s how to add a bit of sweetness to your healthy apple cake without increasing the sugar.
- Caramel Glaze: Finish the cake with a date-sweetened caramel glaze. It’s a really simple recipe that compliments this apple cake.
- Cashew Frosting: Add a bit of protein with this sugar-free, vegan cashew frosting!
- Cream Cheese Frosting: A simple cream cheese frosting is perfect for adding a dash of sweetness.
- Coconut Ice Cream: For an apple pie-inspired cake, serve with a scoop of vegan ice cream!
Soaking and fermenting
Pre-soaking and fermenting gluten-free flour is a great way to improve your baking. It helps to fully hydrate the flour and break down the complex carbs. This results in stickier flour and better flavor and texture!
Here’s how to preferment the flour in this recipe:
- Mix 1 1/2 cups of flour with 1 cup of fermented liquid in a glass bowl or measuring cup. Almond milk yogurt, amazake, buttermilk, or milk kefir will all work.
- Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave it out on the counter for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
- Proceed with mixing in the rest of the ingredients and baking as described in the recipe. There’s no need to adjust for the added acidity.
Healthy Apple Cake
A cross between a cake and a muffin, this wholesome treat is full of the flavor of apples, cinnamon, and nuts. Frosted with a caramel date glaze, and it turns into a healthy dessert!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 6” cake 1x
- Category: Cake
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Gluten Free
- Diet: Vegan
- 1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour (or other whole grain flour)
- 1 cup almond milk (milk, or apple sauce)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (see notes for sugar-free alternatives)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup grated apple (about 1 medium apple)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- This recipe can be made with soaked and fermented flour. See the section above for details.
- Otherwise, mix the flour, almond milk, oil, vanilla, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add in the spices, baking soda, salt. Mix well, then stir in the apples and nuts.
- Pour the cake into a 6-inch non-stick springform cake pan (or a cake pan lined with parchment paper).
- Bake at 350F for 40-45 min (until a skewer comes out clean).
- I usually make this cake using ground dates instead of brown sugar. However, I changed it to brown sugar in the recipe because not everyone was able to find ground dates. Feel free to replace the sugar with your favorite sweetener, including stevia or maple syrup.
- If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to increase the sugar to 1/2 cup, which will give the cake a more traditional coffee cake level of sweetness.
- I like light buckwheat flour on this cake. However, it can be made with any gluten-free whole grain flour. I haven’t tried it with all-purpose or other white flours, but it is a fairly simple recipe, and will probably work with any type of flour.
- I usually don’t bother to peel the apple in this recipe. The skin adds extra fiber!
- To make muffins reduce the baking time to 20 minutes.
- The photographed cake is finished with a sugar-free date glaze. See the section above for details.
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