BIG Spring Guide#3 Cinnamon Applesauce Cake with Walnuts

HEALTH BEGINS IN THE KITCHEN by Dr. Joanne Mumola Williams ~

Sonoma County, CA. ~ Baking has emerged as one of the things people are doing to comfort them- selves and their families as we spend time at home socially distancing dur- ing this pandemic. What’s more uplifting than a waft of cinnamon? We have a Fuji apple in our backyard so


we end up with quite a few pints of applesauce each year. Looking at the re- maining pints in the pantry and worrying that in a few months there would be an entire new crop, I decided to make an applesauce cake. And since this cake recipe is lower in fat and sugar than most others, you won’t have to worry about it contributing to the “quarantine 15.” You will need: Electric beater 8” x 8” glass baking pan.

INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds *

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons water *

2½ cups Bob’s Red Mill

1:1 gluten free baking flour **

1½ teapoons baking soda

¾ teaspoons aluminum- free baking powder 1 scant teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon stevia powder ***

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon softened vegan butter or coconut oil

½ cup light brown sugar 1½ cups applesauce ½ cup non-dairy milk or orange juice

1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup chopped raw wal nuts

* Ground flax seeds and water can be replaced with 2 large eggs. ** Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 already contains xanthan gum. If you use regular GF flour, you will need to add a teaspoon of xan- than gum to this recipe. *** I add the stevia for extra sweetness but you can omit and increase the brown sugar to ¾ cup.

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the pan with cooking spray, non-dairy butter or coconut oil. Make the flax egg. Combine the ground flax seeds and water in a small bowl. Beat vigorously with a fork until gooey. After a minute or so, beat again. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cin- namon and stevia pow- der. Mix well and set aside. In a larger mixing bowl, combine the soft- ened butter, sugar, ap- plesauce, non-dairy milk and vanilla. Beat with an electric beater until well blended. Beat in the flax egg (or regular eggs.) Add the flour mixture and beat until incorpo- rated. Using a spatula, fold in the walnuts. Pour into the prepared bak- ing pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the pan on a rack and serve.

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