Apple Pumpkin Spice Cake recipe (Grain-free, gluten-free, processed sugar free)September 17, 2013
Last weekend we went apple picking, which is just about the most wholesome family fun imaginable. Right?? I feel like Mom of the Year, showing my son where apples come from, how to use both hands to pull the ripe ones off the tree. We get to enjoy some outdoors time, blissfully uninterrupted by iPhones or screens of any sort since the farm does not yet have an app.
I was reminded how important that is. To not use apps, I mean. To follow handwritten signs through the blackberries (stopping to sample more than a few!) and towards the apples. To listen to the college-aged girl employed by the farm to tell us which apples are ripe and ready, and which are not.
There’s really something to be said for balancing out all our screen time with nature time, huh? I’m not a real outdoorsy person but I think I’m going to have to become one, just to offset the screen-time I put in weekly.
Anyway. Back to the apples.
They obviously needed to get baked into something when we got home. And since I’ve been experimenting with grain-free baking, that’s where this recipe ended up. Thank me later. It’s pretty delicious, and packed with protein. Even if you aren’t specifically avoiding gluten or grains, you’ll love it. (And to my detox group – yes, this is detox-friendly!!)
Apple Pumpkin Spice Cake
5 Medjool dates, pitted (or 8-9 smaller dates)
1/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup pumpkin puree (do not buy pumpkin pie mix, just plain pumpkin)
1 1/4 cups diced unpeeled apples, divided
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
t 1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350F. In a 14 cup food processor, combine dates with water. Let them sit for a few minutes to soften. Then add pumpkin, 3/4 cup diced apples, coconut oil and eggs. Blend very well. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Add flours, spices, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Mix well to combine.
Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Top with remaining 1/2 cup diced apples. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool before slicing.
Have you tried any new and exciting apple recipes yet this season?