This vegan apple cake recipe with cardamom is reminiscent of apple pie, only without the excess sugar, butter and labor inherent in the traditional recipe.
Instead, this version is a light cake with a sweet, floral touch of cardamom. Better yet, it’s entirely vegan and something for which you don’t have to feel guilty going in for seconds.
Enjoy the benefits of seasonal apples and the nutritional aspects of the spicy cardamom pod, which is revered in India for its many health benefits.
Vegan Apple Cake with Cardamom
- 2 cups sweet, crisp red apples, cut into small cubes
- 1 lemon
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax seeds mixed into 6 tablespoons water)
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper or generously grease the pan with coconut oil or vegan butter. Place the cubed apples in a bowl and cover with water and the juice of one lemon. Set aside.
In another bowl, combine the whole-wheat pastry flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom and ½ cup turbinado sugar. In another bowl, whisk together the flax eggs, coconut milk and coconut oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold lightly. Drain the soaking apples and fold the cubes into the mixture. Fold until evenly combined.
Pour the batter into the lined pan and spread. Evenly sprinkle 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar atop the cake surface. Pop into the oven for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center and the top is golden brown.
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