Healthy Apple Cake

This healthy apple cake is gluten-free, vegan and low sugar (or sugar-free!)

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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!


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  • 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


  1. This recipe can be made with soaked and fermented flour. See the section above for details.
  2. 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.
  3. Pour the cake into a 6-inch non-stick springform cake pan (or a cake pan lined with parchment paper).
  4. 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.