I am working on making Fall and much cozier time in my home and with that comes fantastic (I hope) food. Normally I kick start the season with something pumpkin as that is my favorite but this year I decided on something with the almighty apple. My grandmother has a Fall Birthday and her favorite two cakes are apple spice and carrot so I figured I would work on the first in that list so when the whole family gets together for her day, I can bring something that we ALL can eat and enjoy. With my house eating and living Paleo, this sometimes creates baking challenges. I have certain expectations for texture vs. flavor and some of my daughters are not big on cooked fruit such as the “apple pie” affect. I wanted a nice simple treat that was healthy enough to serve for breakfasts on the go that even my daycare children with their over developed addiction to sweets that could also be made at least a month out and frozen for a “convenience” food without creating way to much work for the end result. I think I have it although I will have to see how long I can freeze then thaw and heat before an undesirable level in quality takes place. Keeping in mind that Paleo baking tends to be a little heavier than “traditional” baked goods I found the crumb to be nice and moist while not sweet at all. To turn this into a treat rather than a breakfast item I will probably make a frosting of some sort…
* This will make about 24 cupcakes or 1 double layer cake
- 4 C apples – peeled and sliced
- 2 TBSP fat (I used home rendered leaf lard)
- 1 TBSP honey
- 1 C coconut sugar (any sweetener will work but try to stay dry here)
- 1 C Almond Flour
- 1 C coconut Flour
- 1/4 tsp salt (this helps in the browning)
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1-1/2 TBSP cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 12 large eggs
- 1 can coconut milk – full fat
- 1/2 TBSP vanilla extract
- In a preheated skillet melt oil then cook apples till slightly soft. Add honey and caramelize.
- place dry ingredients in a mixing bowl then blend.
3. Add all the wet stuff and the apples to the bowl and whirl around till well mixed.
4. Scoop batter into liners (I like the silicon cups as they make clean up and storage easier)
5. Place in a pre-heated oven (350` F) and bake till a toothpick inserted into these comes out clean (about 30 minutes)
6. Cool then enjoy and/or freeze in a sealed container to than thaw and re-heat at a later time…