Grain-Free Apple Cake - Fresh Planet Flavor

I spent a few days in the Texas hill country this past week, visiting family and generally being reminded that YES, it is winter. In the Bay Area (especially with the drought in full swing) it’s easy to forget!

While I stayed at my parents’ house I rooted around in their cupboard for ingredients that needed using for inspiration on my next recipe. I almost tried a turnip cake–because there were so many turnips in the refrigerator, and maybe it would work like sweet potato?–until I was reminded that they can get terribly bitter once cold. No bitter cakes wanted here! So I opted to tackle the huge container of applesauce stashed in the pantry, and while this recipe didn’t use all of it, I made a dent at least. 🙂

Grain-Free Apple Cake - GrokGrub.comThis is so easy to put together with a prep time of approximately 15 minutes, and is dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free and refined sugar-free.

Grain-Free Apple Cake -

Grain-Free Apple Cake

Preparation 15 mins 2017-10-19T00:15:00+00:00
Cook Time 30 mins 2017-10-19T00:30:00+00:00
Serves 8     adjust servings

This simple apple cake pairs the flavor of applesauce with cinnamon and honey in a coconut flour dough for a grain-free treat.


  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 apple, for garnish
  • Whipped cream and cinnamon, for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease an 8" round spring-form pan, set aside.
  2. Sift together the coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk together the vanilla extract, honey, eggs and applesauce in a medium mixing bowl until combined. Slowly stir in the dry mixture until fully mixed (the batter will be very stiff).
  4. Transfer to the spring-form pan, and smooth the mixture while the back of a spoon. Cut thin rounds of the apple and arrange them in an overlapping spiral, working from the outside in.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, until the batter is soft but set.
  6. Slice and serve warm with cinnamon-sprinkled whipped cream (either dairy or coconut).


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 66kcal Calories from fat 15
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 183mg 8%
Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 8g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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