Healthy Apple Cake (vegan, gluten free)

I'm usually not a big fan of icing-less cakes -- the coffee cake genre in general, really. But apple cake has always been a favouri...

I'm usually not a big fan of icing-less cakes -- the coffee cake genre in general, really. But apple cake has always been a favourite of mine. Lightly spiced cake stuffed to the brim with caramelized spiced apples -- what's not to love? Well, apart for the fact that its almost never vegan or gluten free -- until now!

My Healthy Apple Cake is the perfect 'company's coming' cake. The secret recipe to keep in your back pocket for last minute get togethers that require something sweet, but not too fancy. This no-fuss cake is a breeze to make and a dream to eat. You probably have most of the ingredients already in your pantry -- making it an especially great option for a spur of the moment dessert. 

Oats are a great pantry item if you're gluten free, but not necessarily if you're celiac. A lot of celiacs cannot tolerate them so if you're making this cake for a friend who is celiac be sure to ask if they can eat oats and be sure to use certified gluten free (or wheat free) oats if you use them. 

Oats make this cake soft, tender and give it some lift. If you need to replace them you could try quinoa flakes but the flavour will be much more bitter so sweeten up your batter a little more.

 The key to this cake is cinnamon, apples, and brown sugar (coconut sugar). They make this amazing apple pie filling style topping that seeps down into the cake as it bakes, flavouring every bite. 

Try this Healthy Apple Cake for your next get-together, or just for you. I enjoyed it with my husband on an easy going Thursday night, and then again for breakfast the next day. Its excellent warm, hot or cold.


  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1.5 cups quick cook oats
  • 1 cup white rice flour + 1 cup brown rice flour (OR use two cups of either rice flour)
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 4-5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • l/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Stevia to taste
  • 2 cups of water or non dairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar (acv)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
In a blender, puree all cake batter ingredients together until smooth. Taste. Sweeten to your taste with the stevia, adding a little at a time (blending and tasting) keeping in mind the cake topping is very sweet so you want the batter to be lightly sweetened but not bland. Pour batter into a square cake pan lined with parchment paper or greased lightly with oil to prevent sticking. 

  • 3 gala apples, skin on, chopped into small equal size pieces
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or sub brown sugar or demerera sugar)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Tiny pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
Add all topping ingredients to a bowl, mix well to coat the apples. Once topping is mixed well add evenly to top of the cake batter in the pan so there will be apples in every piece of cake. Bake in oven preheated to 375F. Bake 22-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake emerges mostly clean. Cool slightly and serve.

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  3. Hi there, thanks for your recipe, i have tried making one of these, but not as successfully as yours. Can you share what oven you are using??

    I am using this oven from this brand, , perhaps you can help me which one is similar with yours??

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