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Healthy Apple & Cinnamon Cake (Gluten free) + Cream Cheese frosting

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This Healthy Apple & Cinnamon Cake is gluten-free,
refined-sugar-free, can be dairy-free, and made in one bowl in under 15 minutes!
Perfect for celebrating the beginning of Autumn!

Healthy Apple & Cinnamon Cake #Healthy #Applecake #Cinnamoncake

Happy Autumn!☺

Finally, it’s officially the season where the leaves turn orange and fall from tree branches left, right and centre. A time for woolly jumpers, scarves & hats, and sitting on the sofa wrapped up in a blanket.

I’ve certainly noticed a sudden change in the weather over the last few days. After the reasonable amount of sunshine we had over the Summer, the cold breezes and dull lighting are quite a contrast. Each day this week, I’ve actually had to grab my fluffy winter coat before going outside!

Oh, the joys of living in England.

We’ve been lucky enough to see a bright blue sky today, which doesn’t match the dreary atmosphere of the Earth’s surface.

In addition to chilly weather and shorter daylight hours, you will also start to see many recipes that evoke those warm & cosy Autumn vibes. For example:

Healthy Apple & Cinnamon Cake #Healthy #Applecake #Cinnamoncake

Can you smell the cinnamon already? And the apple? That’ll be this deliciously soft and comforting Healthy Apple & Cinnamon Cake right here.

Deliciously sweet and gently spiced with cinnamon… Soft texture… Topped with tasty cream cheese icing… yet made without butter, oil or refined sugar, and it’s gluten-free! You can also make it dairy-free if you use a soy yoghurt or other alternative.

Yep, the perfect cake to celebrate the arrival of this new season.

Healthy Apple & Cinnamon Cake #Healthy #Applecake #Cinnamoncake

Made in one bowl, and taking under 15 minutes to prepare, you’ll be enjoying it in only an hour! The cream cheese icing takes all of two minutes to mix together, and as it is slightly runny anyway, just spread it on top and it will naturally cover the whole cake.

Healthy Apple & Cinnamon Cake #Healthy #Applecake #Cinnamoncake

Can we just appreciate this apple for a second? It’s very photogenic, with that classic little leaf attached to the stalk, so I just had to use it in the background of these photos!

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So go ahead and bake this easy, healthy apple & cinnamon cake to celebrate the beginning of Autumn!

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Healthy Apple & Cinnamon Cake (Gluten free) + Cream Cheese frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Serving Size: 1 slice

Healthy Apple & Cinnamon Cake (Gluten free) + Cream Cheese frosting

This Healthy Apple & Cinnamon Cake is gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, can be dairy-free, and made in one bowl in under 15 minutes! Perfect for celebrating the beginning of Autumn!

Ingredients

  • For the Apple & Cinnamon Cake:
  • •70g (light) muscovado sugar OR coconut sugar OR Xylitol or other sugar of choice
  • •60 g maple syrup OR honey OR other runny sweetener *
  • •2 tsp cinnamon
  • •1/2 tsp ginger
  • •1 tsp nutmeg + pinch cloves/other winter spices
  • •30g Greek yoghurt **
  • •50g applesauce
  • •2 eggs
  • •100g oats (I used certified gluten-free oats)
  • •1 apple, chopped into small cubes
  • •140g gluten-free self raising flour (or wholewheat or normal self raising flour)
  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • •100g Greek yoghurt **
  • •50g cream cheese **
  • •2 tbsp honey OR maple syrup OR other runny sweetener
  • •1 tsp caramel extract or vanilla extract (optional)
  • •(if it needs thickening) 1-3 tbsp buckwheat flour or gluten-free flour blend

Instructions

    To make the Apple & Cinnamon cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, 350°F, gas 4) and grease a 8x8inch circular cake pan, lining the bottom with a circle of baking parchment.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar of choice, runny sweetener of choice, spices, Greek yoghurt and applesauce.
  3. Add the eggs and mix thoroughly.
  4. Stir in the oats, then the chopped apple.
  5. Finally, fold in the flour until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared cake pan and bake for about 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  7. To make the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  8. In a medium-small bowl, stir together the cream cheese, yoghurt and honey. Add a dash of cinnamon and if it needs thickening, a little buckwheat flour (or gluten free flour blend). Spread over the cake and let it drip over the sides. Sprinkle extra cinnamon on top.
  9. Cake will store for up to 5 days in the fridge, but will become denser over time. In order to retain the soft texture, you can keep it in a sealed container at room temperature, but it MUST be eaten within 48 hours of baking.

Notes

*You could use an extra 80g sugar of choice instead.

**Or dairy-free alternative

http://KatrinasCleanCooking.com/healthy-eating/healthy-apple-cinnamon-cake-gluten-free-cream-cheese-frosting/

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2 Comments

  • Reply

    needtogetfit

    September 29, 2016

    Tried this one – loved it! Thanks for posting 🙂

    • Reply

      Katie

      September 29, 2016

      Thanks for trying out the recipe – I’m glad you loved it!😊

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