I’m not usually one to even have fruit cake, so when I decided I wanted to create a healthy version even I was surprised. I made this cake when I had family coming over, and it didn’t last the night! It was a huge success and there was no crumb left to tell the tale.
My aunt loved it so much she had three slices and made me promise I’d give her the recipe – and she doesn’t even usually like cake!
It’s a moist and dense cake in the best way possible.
It’s completely bursting with fruit so it’s deliciously juicy, with hints from the orange that just goes beautifully with the cinnamon and ginger. It’s so festive, the flavours just sing cosy winter – though you could really have this anytime really.
I love it on its own or with some coconut yoghurt or ice cream. Serve it along some tea or coffee, and you’ll feel like a domestic goddess entertaining her guests – I definitely did!
3 tablespoons chia seeds + 9 tablespoons water, set for 10 minutes
60g almond flour
80g sorghum flour
20g coconut flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground nutmeg
Coconut flour, to sift over the cake
Preheat your oven to 175ºC/350ºF and grease the base of a round 20cm cake tin and line with baking paper.
Chop your dried fruit into roughly 1 cm (1/2 inch) pieces and add to a bowl with the grated apples, orange juice, coconut oil, milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and chia gel and set aside.
In a separate bowl combine the flours with the spices then add to fruit bowl in batches, stirring so everything is well combined and coated. If the dough feels too dry, add a little bit more almond milk, and if too wet, a little bit more flour.
Pour into the cake tin and bake for 1½ to 2 hours or until a inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Remove cake from the oven and leave to cool for 20 minutes, then turn it out and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
Sift over some coconut flour just before serving, if desired.
If you can't find sorghum flour, you try and substitute for oat flour for similar results.
If the top of the cake starts to brown before the middle is cooked, cover with some baking paper so it doesn't burn.
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Hi, I'm Teffy, a qualified Nutritionist and avid foodie. This blog is all about inspiring a balanced life through delicious and wholesome foods, with not a diet in sight. Healthy eating shouldn't be hard and stressful, it should be easy and fun - Working with my clients they are constantly amazed that yes, food can taste great AND be good for you!