During this time of the year I eat at least 1-2 apples a day. In every different way. Whole, in Apple sauces, in oatmeal, on toast, with almond butter, or even in cake. I love apples, they come in so many different shapes, colors and flavors and they just taste amazing! Also, they are packed with nutrients. The saying an Apple a day keeps the doctor away doesn’t exist for no reason!
Honestly apples are one of my favorite fruits. They make the perfect snack because you can just throw them into a bag and eat them on the go whenever hungry. Fall is one of the best seasons because it’s Apple time, which means eating tons and tons of local apples! 🙂 When I came up with this recipe we had a lot of apples at home (A LOT!) and we were going on holidays the week after so we had to use them all up! Since I did not want to cook them all into my delicious Apple sauce (the recipe is coming soon), I decided I need to make something else.
It did not take me long to decide to bake a cake, because cake always works! This cake is just so delicious and packs a bunch of fall ingredients into it. Cinnamon, apples, nuts, oats, all the good things. It is super easy to make, just takes 30 minutes and packed with so much flavor. Actually, when I made this, my cousin was here and he instantly ate 3 pieces because he liked it so much!
The cake consists of three layers. The first one is a cake batter. It is fluffy, made with whole grains and full of fiber. It is made out of eggs, a little bit of margarine, oats, whole grain flour, and wheat bran. If you do not have wheat bran on hand, just use more flour, but if you do them use it because this contains so much fiber and nutrients!
The second and middle layer is only made out of 4 ingredients. Apples, coconut oil, cinnamon, and sea salt. The apples are fried in coconut oil and softened in the pan before baking because otherwise they would not be soft by the time you take the cake out of the oven. The cinnamon totally gives it fall and cozy vibe while the sea salt helps to bring out the flavor and the coconut oil with softening.
The crumble is not made like traditional crumble but much healthier. It gets its texture from Walnuts and Pecan nuts, oats, chia seeds for fibre, cinnamon, because there can never be enough cinnamon, coconut oil, for some healthy fats and to help it all stick together, and last but not least, some honey, for sweetness and it also helps the sticking. When this is baked it is very similar to Granola but even better and it works great on cake. It may sound a little silly but it is amazing!!
To make it you first have to bake the first layer by itself for 4 minutes, because if you would add the apples right away they would sink down and be at the very bottom of the cake, which doesn’t make great layers. After 4 minutes you spread the apples on the pre baked cake and top it with the crumble. To finish it off drizzle some extra honey on top to make it caramelise and then it is baked again.
This is so incredibly delicious when enjoyed warm with a melting scoop of vanilla ice cream but it also tastes amazing when cold. It even makes a great breakfast because it is loaded with carbs, proteins and healthy fats which makes a perfectly balanced meal or snack. I hope you really like this recipe and it gives you some fall inspiration!
Healthy Apple Crumble Cake
A delcious way to use the seasonal juicy and sweet apples and make a cake out of them. Super healthy and a great fall dessert.
What you will need
For the first layer:
- 100 g stevia
- 50 g brown sugar
- 1 tsp vegan butter
- 100 g oat flour oats processed in a food processor until very fine, like flour
- 20 g flour can use wholegrain
- 30 g wheat bran
- 1 tsp baking powder
For the Apple layer:
- 2 red apples
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
For the Crumble:
- 30 g Pecan Nuts
- 30 g Walnuts
- 50 g Oats
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp honey to drizzle
That is how it works:
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Add the eggs, the magarine, and the sugars into a mixing bowl. Mix on high speed for about 10 minutes until fluffy.
Meanwhile in a bowl combine the flour, oat flour, wheat bran, and baking powder. Set it aside.
Cut up the apples into 1cm sizes cubes. In a pan melt 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Add the apples, the cinnamon and the sea salt into it and let the apples soften at medium heat.
Carefully fold the flour mixture under the eggs and pour into a baking form. Bake for 4 minutes.
In the meantime, roughly chop up the nuts, and combine them with the remaining crumble ingredients in a bowl.
Now the cake batter should be pre baked. Take it out of the oven and add the apples on top followed by the crumble. Drizzle with some more honey and bake for another 10-12 minutes until the cake batter it baked through. You can test this by sticking a tooth pick into the batter and if it comes out without any dough sticking to it, it is done.
Cut it into 12 pieces and serve warm with some vanilla ice cream or cold as a snack! Enjoy!