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Recipe + Picture Time: Cinnamon Cake

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hello! I know I havenít been posting as much now that I am trying to figure out FUN, tasty recipes that take into account my food preferences and now intolerances! But I have been cooking and baking and finally have a recipe I really want to share with you.

I wish I remembered where I found it, but I bet I was inspired by this recipe

It is gluten-free, vegetarian and can be made vegan. Although if you are on a low-fat diet, I would run the other way! Itís made with healthy fats, but I know some people get a little nervous around fat.

Okay, not the prettiest cake youíve ever seen, but itís quite tasty so stick with me here!

I wanted to follow the recipe exactly since I am soooo new to gluten-free baking. I really want to try some new things the next time I make it though.

First, letís get all of our ingredients out. Youíll need:


1 apple (peeled, cored, chopped)
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup almond butter
ľ cup honey
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons cinnamon (yes, two full tablespoons!)
Ĺ tsp salt


The recipe called for almond butter, but I had peanut butter so I used that instead. I definitely want to try it next time with almond butter.

Iím thinking of replacing the honey with applesauce since I like the consistency of baked goods made with applesauce. Or even an overripe banana.

To lower the calories you can replace the two eggs with four egg whites.

To make it vegan replace eggs with flax eggs (and definitely replace the honey.)

I ALWAYS leave out salt because I donít like it, but I added it this time because Iím not really sure what its purpose is and I didnít want the cake to be messed up just because of that. Not sure whether to keep adding it or not!

Okay, now that you have a mess of ingredients depending on your own preferences and dietary needs, letís make a mess!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor (or blender or whatever you like to use) combine the apple, orange juice and your favorite nut butter.

Pulse until blended.

Then add in the honey (or applesauce or overripe banana), eggs (or flax eggs), vanilla, cinnamon and salt (if desired). Pulse until combined and blend until velvety smooth.

Resist urge to dive face in to lick the bowl clean.

Pour batter into a 9-inch pie plate sprayed with nonstick spray.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool before slicing (if you are patient and can do things like that).

When I had it fresh from the oven I thought it needed some sort of frosting or whipped topping. I hadnít thought ahead so I ate it without. The next day my husband and I had some that was left over and it was perfect! Nothing extra needed. Iíll definitely try to remember to make it a day in advance! Then again, thereís that whole patience thing againÖ.Weíll see!

This is the first recipe I am entering into I have never done that before, so if you want to know the full nutritional breakdown of this recipe click this link:

Thatís all I have for you today. Now Iím going to go finish my snack, because you know what is ALWAYS gluten free?

Honeycrisp Apple = Love!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BBDAZY18 11/18/2010 10:35AM

    another great one. Thanks for sharing.

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CHUBBYSELF 11/16/2010 8:35AM

    that sounds so yummy!!

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DNJEN471 11/15/2010 2:02PM

    Thank you! So going to try this!

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MDTWEETY 11/15/2010 1:18PM

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Looks like a keeper. i am so glad that you are having fun trying new and tasty recipes! =)

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KNMMOMMY 11/14/2010 11:45PM

    That looks like a holiday yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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CAMELA_55 11/13/2010 3:51PM

    Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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AUBREYINGMAN 11/13/2010 12:57AM

    The first bite after it came out of the oven I thought " it needs whip topping" but it was still really good.

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BANKER-CHUCK 11/12/2010 11:27PM

    Looks really good but I am one who need to watch my balance of nutrients. I cannot have any type of baked goods around me at home since it is to much temptation and tears at my willpower. I would eat to much and it leads to other baked foods. I do the same thing with cornbread and it is packed with calories. I love cornbread but no matter how I try to make it with less calories, it is to high.
Hope you enjoyed your creation.

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NAMSMOMMY 11/12/2010 9:14PM

    That looks delish! =)

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SLUGGOISMYDOG 11/12/2010 8:50PM

    Sounds wonderful! I will definitley make it vegan. Sounds easy. Thanks for sharing it. emoticon

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PAGGYJ 11/12/2010 6:09PM

    Hi Amber..This looks good.Hope u are great! peggy

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