Vegan and Gluten Free
This apple cake is gluten-free, vegan, and is not filled with all that white sugar that lot’s of baking has. It is my kind of cake. The only sweeteners in it are a little rice syrup and stevia which is actually food for us. It is also egg free and dairy-free too which is important as eggs and milk are not good for me. And it is delicious.
Apples – Your mom didn’t use the term superfood but she knew about apples. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” was the first nutritional advice I and many children heard from their moms. For this reason, we call them “the first superfood.”
Coconut oil is actually very good for us. In tropical climates like Polynesia, Sri Lanka and the Yucatan where they have a diet high in coconut oil, the people are healthier, have less heart disease, cancer, and colon problems than unsaturated fat eaters. It is now accepted that there is good cholesterol and there are good saturated fats.
As I don’t use sugar for my baking I often use stevia / TRUVIA which is the healthy option. The stevia plant is incredibly sweet and also incredibly good for you. The leaf is 30 times sweeter than sugar while extracts are 300-400 times sweeter. The best stevia will, therefore, be the one that retains some whole food value and is water-based. Liquid forms will be less processed.
When we think of cinnamon we usually imagine delicious pastries or a hot drink but cinnamon is also full of health benefits. These benefits are backed by valid scientific research. It is helpful from lowering “bad” HDL cholesterol levels to lowering blood sugar levels. This is for sure a valuable superfood to be included in our diet. At the bottom of this recipe, there are many recipe links for you. All of them are favourites of mine created in my kitchen.
Arrowroot is well tolerated by food-allergic people, even those with multiple allergies. High nutritional properties that enhance baking performance. It has a chewy texture and increased browning capabilities.
Brown rice syrup is made from cooked brown rice, which is fermented by adding enzymes to turn the starches in the rice into sugars. Brown rice syrup is absorbed easily into our system, leaving less for fat accumulation in contrast with regular sugar. It is a complex sugar thus takes longer to digest and does not create the sugar high that the simple sugars do.
Brown Rice Flour has become a staple in my wheat-free baking adding fiber and nutrition. It assists in weight loss, helps reduce cholesterol, and balances energy. It is low cost and adds a somewhat dry gritty crumbly texture.
Potato Flour is high in fiber and protein and is a fine creamy white-yellow powder. It is made from dehydrated whole potatoes and is a healthy substitute for xanthan gum or guar gum. Cautions: Don’t confuse with potato starch. Use much less. Do not use potato flour if you are prone to kidney or bladder problems, on have been on a keto diet for more than three months.
Apple Cake Gluten-Free Vegan with Cinnamon Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups fresh apples Use 1/2 cup of sliced apples for the top
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
- 1/2 cup rice syrup
- 1 tsp Stevia
- 4 Tbsp chickpea or soy flour
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup potato flour
- 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
- 5 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2/3 cup water or 1/2 cup if you like a drier cake.
- 3 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 375º F.
Oil and lightly flour a 8” X 8” cake pan.
Chop 2 cups of apples into one inch pieces.
Sprinkle the apples with 2 tsp of cinnamon.
Slice 1/2 a cup of apples into slices to decorate the top of the cake.
Blend the vegetable oil, rice syrup, and water in a blender.
Mix flours, baking powder and sea salt in a separate bowl.
Add the chopped apples to the dry flour mixture.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients.
Immediately pour the batter into a cake pan.
Decorate the top of the cake with apples.
Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon on top of the apples.
Bake at 375º F. oven for 35 To 40 minutes.
Coconut Butter Icing
1/3 cup Coconut oil
1/3 cup Rice syrup
1/2 cup Almond meal
1 Tbsp Arrowroot powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Cream together coconut oil and rice syrup.
- Mix in vanilla, almond meal, and arrowroot.
- Ice cake after it is cool.
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Health and Wellness Associates
DR ANNE SULLIVAN – ONCOLOGIST