Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Smash

Don’t get mad. I post lots of treats.

But I’ve been so good. I posted a recipe for pâté, and ate chunks of that bad boy all week! So here’s what I did last night, while goofing with the roommates. They drank wine (I’ll admit I enjoyed a damn fine rosé) and watched TV while I made this Grain-Free Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Smash. What’s a “smash”? Chunks of grain-free cake layered with cinnamon, apples, pecans and cranberries (otherwise known as all of the awesome holiday flavors that get their due this time of year). I think I just made up that definition of a smash, but who cares! It should have existed before, lucky thing I came along. 😉

So bookmark this recipe for making during fireside weather in December, or whip it up now! 

Grain-Free Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Smash

Preparation 30 mins 2017-10-17T00:30:00+00:00
Cook Time 20 mins 2017-10-17T00:20:00+00:00
Serves 6     adjust servings

Crumbled grain-free cake gets a holiday upgrade with apples, cinnamon, cranberries and pecans.




  • 1 small apple, peeled
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup juice-sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8x8" cake pan, and set aside.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients of the topping, and set aside also.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whip the ghee, honey, eggs and vanilla extract until very well combined. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, mix well.
  5. Spoon half of the cake batter into the cake pan, then scatter half of the topping mixture over it. Then add the other half of the cake batter over the topping layer. Make sure to gently move the top layer of batter into the corners so it does not disturb the layer underneath too much.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a taster inserted comes out clean. Let cool to room temperature, then roughly chop or crumble.
  7. Distribute among small serving bowl, top with the rest of the topping mix, and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 6
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 431kcal Calories from fat 283
% Daily Value
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 221mg 9%
Carbohydrate 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 26g
Protein 7g

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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