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EASY APPLE CAKE

Category: Paleo

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This is my go-to recipe every time I decide to do some unplanned baking. It’s almost certain that I will have all the necessary ingredients in my pantry. I don’t need to make a shopping list and go get the groceries. You can use either apples or pears in this recipe. And why not experiment with other fruit, too. Apples and pears are easily available in the winter, so you can feel good that you’ve respected the seasonal produce rule.

I have to admit that until recently I had no stocks of hemp seed flour at home. (Btw, you can also use blanched almond flour to make this cake.) So, I had to double check whether it is considered Paleo at all. Not that I wouldn’t be willing to try it out if it wasn’t, but because I didn’t want to mislead anyone by placing this recipe into the Paleo category.

But guess what?! Hemp seed flour is Paleo! Hemp seeds are seeds (surprise), not grains or pseudo-grains. So, there’s another flour to experiment with! However, if you’re following the autoimmune protocol (AIP), steer clear of it; hemp seed flour is not compliant. Nuts and seeds are excluded from the AIP because they are difficult to digest. No worries, there are some nice treats available within the AIP rules as well.

Hemp seed flour is full of protein, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamin E. Similarly to other gluten-free flours, it will not puff up and gain in volume.

This cake takes no time to make and, as I’ve said above, it’s the best recipe to make any time you suddenly feel the need to do some baking, using the ingredients you most likely have at home. I also like its texture – you can take a real big bite of it, satisfying the longing for all the forbidden muffins and cakes. Go for it!

HEMP SEED FACTS

- improves heart health

- boosts immune system

- protects against type 2 diabetes

- helps to improve digestion

- beneficial in improving bone health

- helps to prevent nervous disorders

- gives relief from pain and headaches

- reduces risk of macular degeneration

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Easy apple cake

(Paleo)

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Ingredients:

2 large apples

1/2 cup hemp seed flour

1/4 cup coconut flour

3 eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 can coconut cream (approx 200 ml)

1/4 - 1/2 cup honey

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 + 1 tsp ground cinnamon

a pinch of salt

almond flakes to decorate

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F).

2. Melt coconut oil over low heat.

3. Grate apple (I use the grating blade in my food processor, which takes me about 30 seconds). Take grated apples out of the food processor, put in a bowl and mix well with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

4. In food processor, mix eggs, coconut and hemp seed flour, coconut oil, coconut cream, honey, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and baking soda.

5. Add 3/4 of grated apples with cinnamon. Leave the rest aside to be spread on top of cake.

6. Pour in batter into a well-greased cake mould. Spread the rest of grated apples on top of batter and cover with almond flakes.

7. Bake for approx. 35 - 40 minutes. Let cool down and serve.

 

More tips:

Because we’re using only half a can of coconut cream, make sure you use half of the solid cream and half of the liquids. You can also try to use coconut milk instead but there is a chance that the cake won’t solidify as well. Try and see.

You can substitute hemp seed flour with blanched almond flour. If you venture outside the Paleo realm, you can try to use buckwheat flour, amaranth flour or rice flour.

I love making this cake with pears, too!

Feel free to use any type of mould you bake with. It doesn’t have to be a cake mould, of course.

 

Enjoy!

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