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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.

Almond flour apple cake on a drying rack.

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.

If you love apple recipes, try my apple gummies, Fall chocolate bark or apple pie energy balls.

What makes this recipe great

  • 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.
A slice taken out of a gluten-free apple cake.

Ingredients needed:

  • 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.

See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.

Additions/ Substitutions

  • Instead of tapioca flour, you can use arrowroot powder at a 1:1 ratio.
  • Instead of maple syrup, you can use honey.
  • Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup.
  • Instead of olive oil, you can use avocado oil.
  • Instead of apple sauce, you can use pear sauce.
  • Instead of apples, you can use pears.

Step by step instructions

Dry ingredients for Paleo apple cake.
Step 1

Step 1: Mix the almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in one bowl.

Wet ingredients for Paleo apple cake.
Step 2

Step 2: Mix the maple syrup, honey, eggs, olive oil, and apple sauce in another bowl.

Paleo apple cake batter.
Step 3

Step 3: Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Then fold in the diced apples.

Paleo apple cake after baking.
Step 4

Step 4: Bake and then put on a drying rack. Then, serve.

Recipe FAQs

What are the best apples to use for baking?

Honey crisp, Pink Lady, Gala, Granny Smith.

How can you decorate this 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 can you serve this cake?

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 this cake?

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.

A bite of healthy apple cake on a plate.

Other almond flour apple recipes you’ll love:

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4.82 from 16 votes

Gluten-free Almond Flour Apple Cake (Paleo)

Servings: 8 slices
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Almond flour apple cake on a drying rack.
A very Fall inspired, cinnamon-filled fluffy cake that is brimming with apples. 

Ingredients 

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Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  • Instead of tapioca flour, you can use arrowroot powder at a 1:1 ratio.
  • Instead of maple syrup, you can use honey.
  • Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup.
  • Instead of olive oil, you can use avocado oil.
  • Instead of apple sauce, you can use pear sauce.
  • Instead of apples, you can use pears.

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 316mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 4gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 107IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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30 Comments

  1. I’m so excited for fall baking and all things apple! This cake looks perfect for cooler weather.

  2. 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!5 stars

    1. 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!

  3. 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!5 stars

  4. 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!5 stars

  5. I love the combination of apple and cinnamon. This cake sounds so delish. So nutritious as well with the almond and coconut in there.5 stars

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!5 stars