Kitchen is my happiness, my meditation and inspiration garden. I almost never make the same thing twice and reason is because I never follow a recipe so how could I make it exactly the same if I just add a little bit of this, a little bit of that.. I try to start with a base and then improvise with the rest of the ingredients and spices and flavors. So don’t be surprised if I end up with pumpkin pie but I promised a banana bread.. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
So this Thanksgiving I was fortunate to spend the evening with some friends since my family is about 4,214 miles or 6,781 km away. At first I had NO idea what to bring, since I am NOT an expert in Thanksgiving or wouldn’t know what the tradition is, so I decided to make a cake (my favorite!).
This apple spice cake is DIVINE! It`s
Did I say HEALTHY? Well, it has a secret ingredient – avocado.
This was probably the only vegan option during dinner (meat eaters – helloooo where`s the turkey?!) but everyone LOVED the cake. So if you are NOT a vegan and love hearty meals – you will love this too! Try it and you might fall in love with it!
Have you tried this recipe yet? If yes, what did you think of it? Share your comments below and let`s connect!
- 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 4 tbsp filtered water
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 can coconut milk
- ½ cup oats
- 1½ cup whole wheat flour (or quinoa, garbanzo flour)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp Himalayan Salt
- 3 apples (cored and grated)
- CREAM FROSTING:
- 2 ripe avocados
- 3 tsbp raw cacao powder
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- cream from a can of coconut milk
- 1 cup cashews (soaked overnight)
- walnuts and pumpkin seeds for decoration
- Heat the over to 350 degrees F and spray two round pans with cooking oil
- In a large bowl mix flax seeds and water and leave for 2 minutes to rest
- Place the grated apples in a medium bowl and with hands squeeze out all the liquid ( at least a cup)
- Add apples to flax seed mixture, add oil, coconut milk, vanilla extract and maple syrup, whisk well
- In another bowl mix remaining dry ingredients together and stir until all mixed
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and slowly mix until even, be careful not to over mix
- Divide batter between the two prepared pans and let it bake for 40 minutes or until cooked throughout
- While the caking is baking/cooling prepare the frosting by adding all ingredients in a high speed blender and mix well
- Once the cake is cool, place the first layer on a large serving dish, spread half of the frosting evenly and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes
- After the frosting has become cooler, place the second layer of cake and spread the remaining frosting on top
- Decorate with walnuts and pumpkin seeds and let it chill in the fridge for 1 hour before serving