The Crazy Kitchen: Sugar & Gluten Free Apple & Almond Cake

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Thursday 22 January 2015

Sugar & Gluten Free Apple & Almond Cake

The husband was diagnosed with diabetes just over two years ago, and since then he's cut down on biscuits and other sweet things, lost some weight and taken more exercise. His sugar levels then went back to normal for a while, but he started to get a little complacent, and whilst he didn't turn back to the custard creams completely, he perhaps ate more of the sweet stuff than he should, which ultimately led to a rise in his sugar levels. Being the good wife that I am, I experimented with recipes that use natural sweeteners rather than added sugar and came up with a cake that's sweetened with dates and Bramley apples. I also decided to use ground almonds instead of flour, which also makes this suitable for those following a gluten free or Paleo diet too.

The almonds and fruit make this a very moist cake, and whilst it's not as 'cakey' as one made with flour, it is very moreish.

Sugar & Gluten Free Apple & Almond Cake

Sugar & Gluten Free Apple & Almond Cake

100g dates
1 medium Bramley apple, peeled, cored & chopped
100ml water
juice of 1 lemon
175g butter, softened
3 eggs
185g ground almonds
tbsp. cinnamon
a few flaked almonds for topping
  • Place the dates, apple, lemon juice and water in a pan
  • Cook over a medium heat until the apples have softened completely
  • Remove from heat and beat until as smooth as possible
  • Place the butter into a bowl and beat in the apple/date mixture until well combined
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time
  • Beat in the ground almonds and cinnamon until combined
  • Grease & line a loaf tin & pour in the batter
  • Smooth the batter over & scatter with flaked almonds
  • Bake in a 180°C oven for 30-35 minutes, until the top is browned & when a skewer is inserted it comes out clean
  • Remove from the tin and allow to cool fully on a wire rack

Sugar & Gluten Free Apple & Almond Cake Sugar & Gluten Free Apple & Almond Cake Sugar & Gluten Free Apple & Almond Cake

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