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Grain Free Apple Cake

Grain Free Apple Cake

With an abundant harvest of apples from a few old apple trees at our family farm, I decided to create some grain free, "lower-carb" apple desserts.

Apples are a fruit that are high in natural sugars. This makes a low-low carb version impossible. I will argue that this doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy an abundant apple harvest or our favorite treats from time to time.

Apples are also loaded with essential vitamins and minerals which help build up our immune system. So, enjoy this apple dessert in moderation. This grain free apple cake is lower in carbohydrates than my apple crisp recipe. It's also a delicious breakfast option and freezes great!

low carb apple cake

Macros

63% Fat ~ 16% Net Carb ~ 14% Protein

Grain Free Low Carb Apple Cake

Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Tara Wright
This low carb apple cake is easy to whip up. Pair it with my Keto Caramel sauce for a indulgent dessert.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
  • Generously grease a 9x9 baking pan and set aside
  • Chop up your apples and toss with 1 tsp lemon juice to prevent browning. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine eggs, melted butter (make sure your melted butter has cooled to room temp), vanilla and almond. Whisk until the wet ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine coconut flour, almond flour, sweetener, cinnamon, nutmeg, xanthan gum, baking soda, cream of tarter and salt and mix.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Blend with a mixer for a few minutes to allow the coconut flour to soak up the liquid. (Note that while coconut flour is a highly absorbent flour, almond flour is not. We also don't have to worry about over-mixing like we would with regular flours. Under-mixing will result in a 'grainy' texture)
  • Mix in the chopped up apples.
  • Pour your batter into your greased 9x9 pan.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking.

Notes

A word of caution with Keto Baking...
Keto baking is quite difficult--- substituting ingredients will generally not work. Keto baking is one of the most frustrating tasks I've undertaken. Getting good results consistently is quite a challenge. I share these tips with you so you can avoid the mistakes I've made in the past. Keep scrolling for a specific list of tried-and-true ingredients that I personally use (or click the links inside the recipe)
Eggs: Coconut flour requires many eggs because coconut flour loves eggs and is very absorbant. Using egg-substitutes will generally yield a failed recipe.
Swapping Flours: This recipe will not turn out well if you try and substitute the flours. Make sure you use both coconut flour and almond flour with the ratios above.
Adjusting Sweetness: This is a pretty sweet cake. If you prefer a cake with less sweetness (or simply want to use less expensive alternative sweetner) , simply cut the sweetner above in half.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8.7% | Vitamin C: 2.3% | Calcium: 3.8% | Iron: 5.5%


Cooking Methods for Grain Free Apple Cake


I like to bake up a pan of this, slice it into single servings and freeze it in single serving containers. This way, the treat lasts longer and I'm not as tempted to eat a few servings per day 🙂

This same recipe could easily be converted to grain free apple muffins. Instead of baking it in a 9×9 pan, simply bake in muffin tins. My guess on the baking time is 20-25 minutes in a muffin tin. You will be able to tell that the baking is complete by inserting a toothpick in the center. It's done when it comes out clean!

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Substitutions For Grain Free Apple Cake


A word of caution with Keto Baking…

Keto baking is quite difficult— substituting ingredients will generally not work. Keto baking is one of the most frustrating tasks I've undertaken. Getting good results consistently is quite a challenge. I share these tips with you so you can avoid the mistakes I've made in the past. Keep scrolling for a specific list of tried-and-true ingredients that I personally use (or click the links inside the recipe)

Eggs:

Coconut flour requires many eggs because coconut flour loves eggs and is very absorbent. Using egg-substitutes will generally yield a failed recipe.

Swapping Flours:

This recipe will not turn out well if you try and substitute the flours. Make sure you use both coconut flour and almond flour with the ratios above.

Adjusting Sweetness:

This is a pretty sweet cake. If you prefer a cake with less sweetness (or simply want to use less expensive alternative sweetener) , simply cut the sweetener above in half.


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How To Make Grain Free Apple Cake


apple cake grain free4 cups apples, chopped

1 cup monk fruit sweetener or Bocha Sweet

9 eggs

1/2 cup melted butter

1 1/2 tsp Watkins Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp Almond Extract

3/4 cup Coconut flour

1/4 cup almond flour

1 cup monk fruit sweetener or Bocha Sweet

1 1/2 TBS Cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp xanthan gum

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp cream of tarter

1/2 tsp salt

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
  2. Generously grease a 9×9 baking pan and set asidechopped apples for apple cake
  3. Chop up your apples and toss with 1 tsp lemon juice to prevent browning. Set aside.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, combine eggs, melted butter (make sure your melted butter has cooled to room temp), vanilla and almond. Whisk until the wet ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine coconut flour, almond flour, sweetener, cinnamon, nutmeg, xanthan gum, baking soda, cream of tarter and salt and mix.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Blend with a mixer for a few minutes to allow the coconut flour to soak up the liquid. (Note that while coconut flour is a highly absorbent flour, almond flour is not. We also don't have to worry about over-mixing like we would with regular flours. Under-mixing will result in a ‘grainy' texture)
  7. Mix in the chopped up apples.grain free apple cake(2)
  8. Pour your batter into your greased 9×9 pan.
  9. Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking.grain free apple cake(3)



 

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    Tara Wright, CHC, MBA

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    Tara is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who specializes in whole body health & wellness through holistic principles. Her passion is creating low-carb, grain-free, keto-friendly recipes and helping others learn the whole-body benefits of a ketogenic lifestyle.

    When she isn't creating recipes in the kitchen, you can find her hanging with her kids, immersed in a good book, traveling with her husband, attending various educational conferences or just relaxing with her four cats!