When I was home a week ago, my mom hosted her friends for a ‘Sip and See’. Sip (on wine, water, etc) and See/meet little Hailey.
My mom makes hosting look effortless and had some pretty delicious treats out, too. It should have been deemed a Sip, Savor and See 😉 One little gem my mom put out was this delicious apple cake.
These tasted like little bites of heaven and I immediately had to have the recipe. Not surprisingly, it was made up of all things delicious- sugar, oil, flour, etc. This lit up a brilliant challenge for me… could I take this recipe and health-i-fy it? I’m pleased to announce the answer is YES.
Lightened-Up Vegan Apple Pecan Cake
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup NuNaturals Stevia baking blend (you could also sub for splenda baking blend or 1 more cup of real sugar, I just won this from Cait a while back and finally decided to try it out :))
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 cup applesauce
- 3 flax eggs (3 Tbsp flax seed meal and 6 Tbsp water- mixed and set aside for 10 minutes to allow to gel)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 cups chopped (honeycrisp!) apples (2 medium apples should do it)
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
For the glaze…
- 1 Tbsp vegan butter (melted)
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla almond milk
Beat together sugar, baking blend, oil and applesauce. Add flax eggs in slowly, beating well.
Mix flours, salt, baking soda and cinnamon together is a bowl and slowly add to mixing bowl, allowing the batter to mix thoroughly.
Stir apples and pecans into batter.
Pour (scrape) mixture into a greased and floured casserole dish.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 55 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean).
While cake is still warm, mix glaze ingredients and drizzle over cake.
Allow cake to cool, then slice into 15 pieces (3 rows, 5 columns). Enjoy!
These came out delicious, but was it lighter than the original recipe? You bet!
Original (1 serving- if divided into 15 pieces, with glaze)
Lightened-Up Vegan Edition (1 serving- if divided into 15 pieces, with glaze)
That saves you 174 calories and 15 g fat!
And it’s so yummy 🙂
Yes, this could be dessert, but it would also be great served with hot coffee on a cool Thanksgiving morning.
What recipe would you want to see lightened up?