Apple and cinnamon cake

This is a delicious (and dare I say it) healthy cake that my children adore…

Tip: Try adding a raisins and a dash of mixed spice into the mix.

Serves 8
100g (4oz) coconut oil (taste free)
100g (4oz) xylitol* (slow releasing natural sugar available in health food stores)
100g (4oz) soya flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
100g ground almonds
100g flaked almonds (plus 1 tbsp to sprinkle on top)
300g (10oz) Bramley apples (cored weight), unpeeled and diced
4 medium eggs
  1. Grease and line a standard cake tin (23cm/8.5in diameter). Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4
  2. Cream together the coconut oil and xylitol until smooth. *Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables. It has a low Glycaemic Load keeping your energy levels more even. You will find it in health food stores.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ground almonds until mixture resembles bread crumbs.
  4. Mix in the flaked almonds (reserve 1 tbsp) and apples. Then stir in the eggs
  5. Spoon into cake tin and sprinkle left over almonds on top. Bake for approx 80 mins in total (NB after about 25 minutes or when top is golden cover the cake with tin foil to prevent burning). To test if the cake is cooked insert a skewer into the middle. If it comes out clean then the cake is cooked; if it is still runny, it needs longer.

About Michelle Lake

Hi, I run Mission Nutrition, and I'm a nutritional therapist/ nutritionist helping people all over St Albans & Hertfordshire feel happier & healthier. If your diet needs an overhaul, come and see me for a nutrition consultation! Tel: 01727 893 042 / 01727 869 929 or email