Orange Applesauce Date Nut Cake

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Orange Applesauce Date Nut Cake

Today, I wanted to share another vegan dessert that I recently tried and loved. This cake is so moist and sweet that the hubs even liked it, too. In fact, I didn’t even tell him that this could be good for him because it might have tainted his opinion. Honestly, I don’t know if I would call any dessert healthy but if I did then this one would definitely fit in that category and I feel no guilt whatsoever when serving this cake.

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Orange Applesauce Date Nut Cake

We enjoyed this cake so much that I’ve already made it several times and it gets the big thumbs up each time. Sometimes I omit the nuts and sometimes I don’t, just depends on our mood.

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Orange Applesauce Date Nut Cake

When baking for a family of two, it can sometimes be daunting to find recipes that are scaled to a smaller size but his cake is just right for the two of us to have for a couple of days. It probably freezes well but we’ve never had any left to store away because we can’t stop nibbling.

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Orange Applesauce Date Nut Cake

If you’re looking for a guilt free dessert then this is definitely one to try. Moist and sweet with just a hint of citrus.

Orange Applesauce Date Nut Cake

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Yield: 9 servings

1/9th of recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup Whey Low Gold (brown sugar substitute)
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped (about 18)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together applesauce, lemon juice, water & orange zest in a small saucepan and heat on medium low heat while preparing the other ingredients.
  3. Whisk together dry ingredients (flours, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, & allspice) in a medium bowl.
  4. Add the baking soda to the warm applesauce mixture and whisk (don't be alarmed if it foams up).
  5. Pour into the flour mixture & stir only enough to just combine.
  6. Add chopped dates/walnuts and stir only enough to combine.
  7. Pour into greased 9x9 baking pan.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes & then reduce the heat to 325 degrees F. Bake for another 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  9. Makes 9 servings.

Recipe adapted from Dr. Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes.

http://foodstoriesblog.com/2013/02/27/orange-applesauce-date-nut-cake/

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Orange Applesauce Date Nut Cake

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What do you think?

  1. I love using applesauce and dates as sweteners. I find there’s no need to add any other sugar because they are so naturally sweet. Your cake looks very healthy.
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  2. I love dates, so the idea of dates in a cake really appeals.

    Joy
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  3. I haven’t tried using dates in baking. Thanks for the idea!

  4. I love this delicious looking moist cake :)

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    Choc Chip Uru
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  5. I love applesauce cakes. They’re all warm and inviting and comforting in my tummy. Noms. I want to eat some of yours right now.
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  6. Yummmm!!! What a lovely little cake. I love dates in a cake, and this one looks so soft and moist.
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