I'm just moments out of the kitchen this lovely Saturday morning and onto my laptop to share with you this recipe for 'Healthy Apple Tea Cake."
I wanted to see if it actually works AND tastes great first, before I send the recipe to you to make. Nothing worse than recipes that just don't work out! But I'm here to tell you it works beautifully, it makes a delicious moist cake and as always, all the ingredients are healthy.
I added honey for sweetness - honey is very good for you and even though some of the good microbes in raw honey don't survive the cooking process, it is still very good for our health.
Almond flour would have to be my favourite and easiest baking flours that is gluten free and zero additives. As I say to my family, who says almond flour is not just as feasible as wheat flour. Both are ground up plant foods as a flour like substance, however almond flour is pure almonds, whereas other processed flours can have a few nasties plus gluten which we know can hinder our gut health even though we may not have any gluten symptoms. These gluten symptoms can be just fatigue, sleep disturbances and foggy memory, they don't have to be digestive symptoms.
Before I talk about the recipe, keep these tricks up your sleeve if you eat gluten or just want to improve your gut or other health issue...
I know sometimes you may not be able to avoid gluten for example if you're travelling and starving and need to have a sandwich now! We are all human after all. So if this is the case, I have something that you can take to help you digest the gluten called Gluten Relieve.
Also know that if you heal and strengthen your gut with the ingredients I've put in The Gut Powder, this will enable you to actually tolerate gluten much better (I've made The Gut Powder for Women and Men separately, as we do have different health needs.)
Another thing you can try are Digestive Enzymes, something that nearly everyone should take these days as our stomach acid is lowered due to our western lifestyle. These enzymes will not only help you digest every meal better, but also digest a less than healthy takeaway or restaurant meal which may make you feel heavy and yuk afterwards or even into the next day! For example, I take 2 of these if I have takeaway ;) and I ALWAYS have digestive enzymes in my handbag and another bottle sitting on my kitchen bench at home.
Alternatively, if you needs some help for sleep, gut parasites, fungal, kidney, sinus, liver, immune, detox and dairy relieve... you can get my amazing range of herbal blends from my Webshop here.
So getting back to this recipe...
This apple tea cake is the perfect quick cake to whip up for your mother's day. It really is delicious and reminiscent of the good old home made cakes we had as a kid (but without the nasties these days!)
I highly recommend you serve the apple tea cake warm with a dollop of natural yoghurt or coconut ice cream.
Apple Tea Cake \ 15 mins to make\ 30 mins to bake
2 cups blanched almond meal
2 eggs whisked
1 apple cubed (you can peel if you want)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, softened
1/4 cup coconut milk (canned)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 - 1 tsp of vanilla bean seeds or splash or essence/extract
FOR THE CRUMBLE TOPPING
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 tbs of plump sultanas (optional)
1/2 cup flaked almonds
2 tbs. butter or oil
2 tbs. of honey
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a 20 cm (8 inch) spring form cake tin with baking paper.
In a large bowl add the almond meal, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
In a smaller bowl whisk the eggs, then add the coconut milk, honey, oil, vanilla and whisk until all combined.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix again. It will form a sticky, thick, wet batter.
Add the apple to the mixture and stir again.
Pour/press the mixture into into the prepared baking tin.
Now make the crumble layer, optional but it really is yum!
In a small bowl add all the crumble ingredients and mix well.
Sprinkle the crumble layer on top of the cake and press down slightly.
Place into the oven for 15 minutes.
Then cover with foil and place back into the oven for another 30 minutes or until cooked. (My oven took 45 mins in total but you'll need to test if yours is cooked in the middle.)
My tip: Swap to other fruits if apple isn't your thing. I love using frozen blueberries or raspberries or pear!
Happy Baking and Eating This Mother's Day!