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Healthy + Flourless Applesauce Spice Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 8 x 8 baking pan
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil*
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup oat flour just blend up regular oats
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts optional
  • 1/3 cup raisins optional

Optional Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 and 1/4 - 1 and 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • Optional: additional chopped pecans to top

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper -- otherwise your cake will likely not come out clean. (Trust me, I had one cake completely stick to the bottom even with spraying and lightly flouring it!)
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the applesauce, coconut oil (measured when completely melted), large egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until completely combined.
  3. Add in the baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, allspice, and nutmeg. Stir until completely combined. (Here's where you can increase or decrease spices to personal preference -- if you are wary of too much spice add a little less and if you LOVE spice increase them.)
  4. Stir in the brown sugar and oat flour (blend regular old fashioned oats or quick oats in a blender or food processor until they resemble flour -- blend well so you don't have any weird oat chunks! Measure AFTER blending and not before).
  5. If desired add in the chopped pecans or walnuts and raisins. In my testing, I personally liked the cake best with just chopped pecans. But if you love raisins in your cake definitely add them in!
  6. Bake for 30-35 mins at 350 degrees or until a fork when inserted comes out clean. Be careful to not over bake as it will make this cake less tender and less flavorful. Allow to cool.

Optional Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Quickly wash and dry the bowl from the cake and place in the *room temperature* cream cheese (Make sure it isn't melted or softened by the microwave). Beat with the vanilla until smooth. Add in the salt and slowly add in the powdered sugar (beating in between additions) until smooth and creamy and your desired consistency has been met. If it is too thick add in a little bit of milk or heavy cream.
  2. Frost the completely cooled cake evenly with the frosting. If desired top the frosting with the chopped pecans.

Recipe Notes

*Not all coconut oils are equal -- some tend to give baked goods a slightly off or bitter taste. I use Pure Coconut Oil by LouAna and have never had a problem with it. I highly recommend this brand for baked goods.