Healthy Paleo Apple Cake made grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and warmly-spiced with cinnamon. This incredibly easy cake recipe is all-things moist, fluffy, and oh-so addicting to those of us who love apple cinnamon flavors!
My grandparent’s apple trees produced an otherworldly amount of apples this season, so I’ve been baking up apple treats non-stop to put them to use.
I even snuck them into my Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe, because chicken and apples is a magical combination!
And I’m not even half-way through my supply! What abundance!!
But let us discuss this healthy Paleo Apple Cake!
We’re using almond flour, avocado oil, and pure maple syrup for a treat that is lower in carbs and sugar, decadent enough for dessert, but nutritious enough for breakfast.
Although, I will admit, we enjoyed the majority of this cake with melted butter slathered on top, because when in Rome. 😉
I intentionally make this cake just the right amount of sweetness.
That way the sweet isn’t overpowering and you aren’t left feeling buzzed on sugar.
Of course, if you like your sweets sweeter, you can always drizzle a piece with honey or pure maple syrup before eating it.
Let’s chat about the simple ingredients used in this cake!
Ingredients for Paleo Apple Cake:
Eggs: Used to make the cake fluffy and keep it nicely held together, we use eggs as the backbone of the cake. I haven’t tested the recipe using an egg replacer yet but if you try it, feel free to let me know in the comments below.
I’m willing to bet flax eggs will work nicely, though the cake will definitely turn out on the denser (less fluffy) end.
Avocado Oil: For moisture and flavor, avocado oil produces a lovely, inviting consistency! It has neutral flavor so it doesn’t interfere with the apple cinnamon essence, it helps with the yumminess of the cake and is also a good source of unsaturated fat.
You can definitely replace the avocado oil with melted coconut oil or olive oil, no harm, no foul!
Pure Maple Syrup: The sweetener! Pure maple syrup not only sweetens the cake to perfection, it also gives that nice maple flavor that pairs so well with apples and cinnamon. Pure maple is my favorite refined sugar-free liquid sweetener to use in baked goods.
Vanilla Extract: That warming ingredient that provides a lovely underlying flavor to any baked treat! If you don’t have it on hand, you can skip it! I also love the idea of swapping the vanilla extract for almond extract for an extra rustic flavor.
Lemon Juice: Used to work in conjunction with the baking soda for leavening. You can also use cider vinegar, lime juice, or any type of vinegar as a replacement (you won’t taste it).
Almond Flour: The flour portion of the recipe. In keeping the cake gluten-free and grain-free, we use finely ground almond flour, which generates such a lovely texture.
You’d never guess the cake is grain-free! Almond flour also contains a natural sweetness and has a lovely buttery flavor which adds to the deliciousnss of the cake.
Ground Cinnamon: What a magical ingredients! Any time cinnamon is involved, I am IN! Ground cinnamon produces a warm and inviting flavor and also helps level up the perceived sweetness of a cake.
Plus, did you know cinnamon actually lowers your blood sugar? Not a bad thing when it’s combined with an otherwise sugary treat!
Baking Soda: The leavening agent. Baking soda helps the cake rice and keeps it held together nicely. Be sure you don’t skip it!
Sea Salt: A truly crucial ingredient for enhancing flavor! I always get bummed when I forget to add salt to a baked good because the flavor falls flat. Salt enhances the apple and cinnamon flavors and also makes the cake taste sweeter without the need for additional sweetener.
Fresh Apples: The star of the show! You’ll need 1 large or two smaller fresh apples for the cake and the type isn’t really relevant. Most people prefer using Granny Smith or Gala apples in baked recipes, but choose your favorite 🙂
For even more apple essence, you could add more chopped apple to the cake batter rather than just using it for the topping. Just note the added moisture content will require a longer bake time if you do add it to the batter.
Let’s bake cake!!
How to Make Paleo Healthy Apple Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Note: If you don’t have a springform pan, you can either use a regular 8-inch cake pan or a square 8-inch pan and spray the pan with cooking oil.
Add all of the ingredients except for the apples to a blender and blend until smooth (you can also mix the batter by hand in a mixing bowl!)
Pour the cake batter into the parchment-lined baking pan.
Place the sliced apples in a bowl and toss them in 1 tablespoon of avocado oil or melted coconut oil.
Top the batter with the sliced apples and bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the cake is golden-brown and tests clean.
Once cool, remove the mold from the cake and transfer it to a cutting board. Slice the cake and serve!
That’s it! An easy, dreamy, flavorful rustic healthy cake recipe that is so tempting and easy to put on repeat!
There are all sorts of options to make this fancier for serving if you’d like. You can sprinkle it with powdered sugar, drizzle it with a glaze, or even drizzle it with store-bought or homemade Paleo Salted Caramel.
Fancy ice cream with your cake? Vanilla or dulce de leche ice cream would be an amazing sidekick.
I’d love ideas for what to do with the rest of this season’s apples! Feel free to drop a comment below letting me know your favorite apple recipes!
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we do!
If you make this recipe, please feel free to share a photo on Instagram and tag @The.Roasted.Root!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Note: If you don’t have a springform pan, you can either use a regular 8-inch cake pan or a square 8-inch pan and spray the pan with cooking oil.
- Add all of the ingredients except for the apples to a blender and blend until smooth (you can also mix the batter by hand in a mixing bowl!)
- Pour the cake batter into the parchment-lined baking pan.
- Top the batter with the sliced apples and bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the cake is golden-brown and tests clean.
- Allow the cake to cool completely before releasing it from its mold. Transfer the cake to a cutting board.
- Slice the cake and serve!
Serving Size 1 of 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275Total Fat 17gCarbohydrates 22gFiber 2gSugar 14gProtein 10g