Gluten-free Almond Flour Apple Cake (Paleo)
This Gluten-free Almond Flour Apple Cake is a delicious healthy apple cake recipe made with an almond flour, tapioca flour and coconut flour base. It is flavored with apple sauce, apples and cinnamon.
I love this Fall inspired, cinnamon-filled fluffy cake that is brimming with apples.
It smells amazing and tastes amazing with a cup of tea or coffee.
Because of the ingredients in this healthy apple cake recipe, it is naturally Paleo, Grain-free, Gluten-free, and Dairy-free.
The base of the cake is made with an almond flour, coconut flour and tapioca flour mixture. And the flavors of the cake are enhanced by cinnamon, apple sauce and fresh apples. There is also only natural sugars used, which makes it an overall healthier recipe.
Why I love this Gluten-free Apple Cake:
- It captures the essence of autumn in cake form.
- It uses olive oil instead of butter. (If you like baking with olive oil, check out my Pumpkin Olive Oil Cake, it is divine).
- It uses maple syrup and honey instead of sugar.
- There are no refined sugars or flours in the recipes.
- It is the perfect apple snacking cake.
- almond flour– blanched almond flour is best here because it is thinner in texture.
- coconut flour– this helps absorb the liquid in this recipe.
- tapioca flour– this gluten-free flour pairs well with almond flour and coconut flour.
- baking soda– used to make the cake rise.
- salt– sea salt or Himalayan salt works.
- cinnamon– compliments the apple flavors. Ceylon cinnamon tastes wonderful.
- maple syrup– I use a combo of maple syrup and honey to replace refined sugar here.
- honey– adds a nice sweetness to the recipe.
- eggs– they help to bind the ingredients together.
- extra light olive oil– this is used to replace butter and milk.
- apple sauce– helps replace some of the fat needed in the recipe, along with adding apple flavor.
- apples– fresh apples help give the flavor to this cake.
How to make it:
(1) Mix the dry ingredients together.
Mix the almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in one bowl.
(2) Mix the wet ingredients together.
Mix the maple syrup, honey, eggs, olive oil, and apple sauce in another bowl.
(3) Mix the wet and dry ingredients together.
(4) Fold in the diced apples.
What are the best apples to use for baking?
Honey crisp, Pink Lady, Gala, Granny Smith.
How to decorate the cake:
I like adding some sliced apples in a circle on top.
Adding some pumpkin seeds or even a sprinkle of chia seeds could work as well.
How to serve:
This almond flour apple cake is amazing on its own with some tea or coffee.
It’s also great with some whipped coconut cream on top or served warm with ice-cream.
I also like to add an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
How to store:
In an airtight container at room temperature on the counter for 3 days or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Other almond flour and apple recipes you may enjoy:
Paleo Apple Tart (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)
Paleo Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Muffins
Gluten-free Almond Flour Apple Cake (Paleo)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (ceylon is best)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1 1/2 cups diced apples this was 1 apple for me
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch round pan and cover in parchment paper.
- Mix the almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl.
- In another large bowl, add the maple syrup, honey, eggs, olive oil, and apple sauce. Whisk.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix.
- Fold the diced apples into the batter
- Pour the batter into the round baking pan. Top with a few slices of apples to decorate the top.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the cake is set and golden.
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28 Comments on “Gluten-free Almond Flour Apple Cake (Paleo)”
can I replace the maple syrup and honey with sweetener like monk fruit sugar?
I’ve never tried it, but I don’t see why not!
Just waiting to take it out of the oven. Smells heavenly! Forgot to save some apple for the top but I’m very happy with the look of it. Hope it tastes as good.
I hope you like it!!
If I don’t have tapioca flour, can I use something else?
Do you have arrowroot flour?
I can not get enough apples this time of year! Can’t wait to put this one into the rotation.
Apple and cinnamon are complete each other. And with all those ingredients.. your recipe sound perfect! love to try it soon
SO perfect for fall! This looks incredibly amazing!
This cake looks so delicious! I hope you are staying safe and not too affected by Irma x
Sounds like a great option for a gluten free dessert!
I’m so excited for fall baking and all things apple! This cake looks perfect for cooler weather.
That sounds delicious! Definitely apple season, here, and a cake is just right.
And as I write this, Irma is barrelling down on you – I hope that all will be well with you and yours!
Thanks Anne! I’m on the east coast so things are looking better for us. The rain has begun, but I’m hoping it keeps moving more and more west and misses Florida completely!
This looks amazing and you are right…the best recipes are the random one!! I hope you had fun in Europe!! I love Europe! Great looking recipe! I’m printing it off now so I can make it this week!
Oh great! Let me know how you like it!!
Love the way you’ve decorated the top of this – what a beautiful cake!
Well this just looks and sounds lovely! I can definitely relate to your planning process – I’m the same way. The more I try to plan out recipes and blog posts in advance, the more fails I have and the more stressed out I get. Everything goes more smoothly when I let the blog be just a true reflection of what’s happening in my kitchen in my real time – but of course that goes against some aspects of my type A personality, HA! I really hope you and yours stay safe and come out of Irma OK – will be thinking of you!
You totally get me when it comes to the recipe planning process! haha Thanks for the safe wishes!
Apple cinnamon is hitting the spot these days! Yum! This looks so delicious.
I love the combination of apple and cinnamon. This cake sounds so delish. So nutritious as well with the almond and coconut in there.
Thank you! Such great Fall flavors!
Apple cake can just make you happy anytime. Your apple cake recipe looks simple to follow . Cant wait to try this beauty in my kitchen.
Oh, NO!! South Florida?? We have a dear friend in Venice, Florida and he’s staying put at friend’s house. He lives on the Island and is 94. My prayers are with all of you.
Your cake looks wonderful. I’m going to be trying out the recipe. Stay safe!!
Thank you! We are hoping that it keeps losing steam. Right now it went down to a category 4.