Who doesn’t love apple in cakes? My Nan used to make this gorgeous German apple cake that used to make us go wild. It was basically an upside down apple cake that was full of spices and beautiful served warm with ice cream. This Apple, Chia and Amla Cake is my take on that except I have made this as healthy as I can by not using any refined sugar within the cake. The icing, however, does have icing sugar but you don’t have to add this if you don’t want to.
It is so tasty, light and full of super ingredients that just make you want slice after slice, and why not? Especially when it’s full of healthy yumminess.
So let’s quickly talk about Amla powder since it’s one of the main ingredients in my cake. Amla powder is an Indian gooseberry, commonly known as Amla. It is a powerful nutrient and has a really delightful balance of sweet and sour but has wonderful health benefits. It is a very rich source of Vitamin C, iron and calcium and is also known to offer fantastic beauty benefits for skin and hair, including being known in reducing cell damage.
Amla powder can be served in various different ways but as it has a slightly bitter taste, it is best to mix it in a drink such as with ginger powder, honey and lemon or in a smoothie in the morning. One of my favourite ways of adding in this beautiful ingredient is in cakes.
Apple, Chia and Amla Cake
- 200 g Self raising flour
- 2 Eggs You can add more olive oil if you want to make this vegan
- 125 ml Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
- 25 g Chia Seed
- 2 Chopped apples
- 2 tsp Raw Wild Flower Bulgarian Honey
- 2 tsp Date syrup
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp Amla Powder
- In a large bowl mix together your flour, eggs, olive oil until smooth.
- Pour into a loaf tin and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Once cool, cover with your choice of topping (I use a lemon icing glaze with chopped almonds).
Healthy Cake Tips:
- Use date syrup or apple sauce instead. I used date syrup in this cake instead of sugar.
- Swap butter for olive oil.
- Use a drizzle of glacé (water or milk (dairy free if you prefer) icing rather than butter icing for cake toppings.
- Using sweet vegetables such as carrots and beetroot, or fruit like apples, berries and bananas mean you don’t need to add as much sugar.
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