This gluten-free apple cake is amazing! There are NO grains in the cake itself and I used gluten free oats for the topping. This one is a keeper — it’s so delicious and everyone can eat it!
I scare people when I bake. I mean, I literally scare them. I often burn things, the end result sometimes tastes… ummm… less than delicious, and I have even started fires in the oven. And yes, I did go to cooking school…
I’m a great cook because I can taste as I go and I don’t have to measure. But when it comes to baking, all bets are off because I tend to treat baking like cooking and it just doesn’t work that way. You know… science.
But, every now and then I really get in the mood to bake something. I attribute this to my obsession with the Great British Baking Show. I can sit here and binge a ton of those shows and it truly makes me want to be a better baker. Oh, and if anyone knows where to buy Pru’s blue eyeglasses, pleeeaaaassseeee let me know because I really want them… So, one day after watching a few episodes, I got that baking yen. So I started to peruse a ton of recipes that I have saved up and I figured I’d try my hand at combining recipes for several apple cakes until I got the desired result.
The cake needed to taste great. I wanted it to be healthy. It had to have great texture. In short I wanted it to not taste like a healthy dessert but rather like something I would actually be proud to serve.
It took some time, but this Gluten Free Apple Cake is the result. It’s great. Really. And not just great “for me”. It got the seal of approval from my family and they are the ones who are most scared to try my baked goods. This just goes to show you that anything is possible.
This Gluten Free Apple Cake is now tied with my Flourless Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies for my favorite dessert.
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Here are some of the healing ingredients in this recipe for Gluten Free Apple Cake:
Almond flour is great. In Chinese medicine, nuts are known to be good for your brain, heart, skin and reproductive system. Almonds are particularly nutritious. They are a good source of protein and they give you energy. And, they are gluten free and make the best grain free flour! Almonds will help relieve a cough and asthma and are also good for constipation.
Buckwheat is great to eat if you have diarrhea. It also helps lower blood pressure, stops some types of sweating, and has a good amount of vitamin E. It also contains antioxidants that can help fight cancer and heart disease. Buckwheat is a seed, not a grain, so no inflammation here! I used some buckwheat flour in this cake.
It really is true that an apple a day is a good thing. Apples help to strengthen your heart. They are also good for your digestion and they can help eliminate mucus when you have a cold. So, the combination of apples and cinnamon together are great for this time of year when everyone seems to be getting sick. Apples have a high antioxidant content, especially Granny Smiths and Red Delicious. This, combined with the fact that they have a lot of healthy fiber, is why apples are good at fighting Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and some cancers. They have also been shown to help ward off diabetes, high cholesterol and gallstones.
Oats are great for the digestive system — they make you feel better if you are feeling bloated or have indigestion. This ancient grain can also help reduce some types of swelling in the body and, a little known tidbit: they can be eaten to help stop lactation. Just make sure to buy gluten-free oats if that’s your preference.
Ghee is a clarified butter that has had the milk solids removed and it is lactose free. And, it has the delicious taste of butter. It has a high smoking point, and it doesn’t have to be refrigerated. I recommend buying organic ghee if possible. Ghee contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease.
Cinnamon is one of the best herbs to warm the body. It’s great if you have a cold. If you are nauseous or have diarrhea, go for the cinnamon. It also gives you energy and helps with menstrual pain. Cinnamon is a Chinese herb: “gui zhi” is the cinnamon twig and “rou gui” is the cinnamon bark. Both are warming and are used for a variety of ailments. In the winter I add cinnamon to all sorts of foods. It helps with the common cold, swelling, various menstrual issues and some aches and pains. Be careful with it if you have a fever because it is so warming. Here’s an article about the benefits of cinnamon from Well-Being Secrets.
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- 1-1/3 cups almond flour
- ⅓ cup buckwheat flour
- ¼ cup tapioca flour
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ½ tsp baking soda (make sure it's gluten-free if that is your need)
- 1 tsp baking powder (make sure it's gluten-free if that is your need)
- pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup oat milk (or can use another milk of choice -- again, make sure gluten-free if needed)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup non-dairy yogurt (I used cashew yogurt)
- 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 green apple, peeled and finely diced
- For the topping:
- 3 Tbs melted ghee
- 5 Tbs coconut sugar
- ¼ cup rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine all of the flours, ½ cup coconut sugar, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir well.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla.
- Add the contents of the small bowl to the large bowl. Stir until combined.
- Stir in the yogurt, vinegar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and diced apple.
- Spread the contents into the prepared baking pan.
- Make the topping: stir together the ghee, oats, 5 Tbs coconut sugar, and the oats.
- Spread the topping evenly over the top of the batter.
- Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
- Let cool in the pan on a wire rack.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!