Surprisingly enough, I'm actually not a huge fan of cakes. Give me a brownie or a cookie over a victoria sponge aaaaaany day of the week. But having said that, there is one type of cake that I have a real weakness for and can you guess what that might be? APPLE CAKEEEEE!
I used wholemeal spelt flour in this recipe just to change things up a bit from my usual almond meal. Spelt is an ancient grain which contains a lot less gluten than regular wheat and is therefore a great alternative to regular flour in recipes (especially homemade bread). However, as it is not completely gluten-free it shouldn't be eaten by coeliacs. It is also relatively high in protein (about 15g per 100g) and contains a number of essential vitamins and minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B3. The flavour of spelt is slightly nutty which goes perfectly with some juicy apples!
For the apples in this recipe you can use red or green - whichever you prefer! I used red (royal gala) apples for the mixture and used a green apple sliced for the toppings. You could also add some blackberries too (especially if they are in season) which would bring a lovely tartness to the cake.
But now onto the good part...
- 200g apple, chopped into small pieces
- 200g (2 cups) wholemeal spelt flour
- 2 eggs
- 85g (1/4 cup) honey
- 60ml coconut oil, melted
- dash of almond milk (approx 25ml)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
1) Preheat oven to 160 degrees (fan-forced) and line a small cake tin with baking paper
2) Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl
3) Add eggs, honey, coconut oil, milk and vanilla extract and mix well
4) Fold through the pieces of apple
5) Pour mixture into prepared cake tin (optional: top with some extra apple slices or crushed nuts)
6) Bake for 45 minutes or until golden and cooked through
As always, I hope you love this recipe as much as I do and remember to tag me in your photos so I can see your creations @josie_eatyourselfstrong :)