Sugar free apple spice cake
This cake was part of my 21 day sugar detox and the despite the fact that I stopped the detox on day 14, the journey was better than expected. Although I must admit that the brain had the hardest job. It did play tricks on me and made me often think of food which is in my ‘absolute no’ list but none the less i didn’t see the point in cheating, so I resisted. I learnt a lot during this journey, mostly on how sugar is found in almost EVERYTHING. The scary part is that sugar is even hidden in foods that we consider savoury or healthy. Food items such as salad dressings, soups, chicken marinade, parma ham, store bought almond milk, coconut water are just an example of foods containing hidden added sugars. I think that everyone should do their best to avoid hidden ingredients and start appreciating the real taste of food. This journey made me appreciate the true flavour of food. I also started appreciating desserts even without natural sweeteners and am now enjoying the flavour of unsweetened chocolate. Something which was harder before the detox.
I cannot say that I got rid of my sugar addiction in such a short time, but it was more of a learning journey about myself. Cutting out fruit was the hardest part, although it is true that whilst i started consuming fruit again, staying away from other nasty ingredients got harder. Fruit, despite being healthy, does get your sugar addiction kicking.
If you are questioning losing weight whilst on a sugar detox I can say I saw some difference even in just two weeks. I still didn’t get rid of my stubborn belly fat which has been there since I can remember, but in general, yes, I saw a difference in weight and clothes did fit me more comfortably. I am a size 8 and losing weight at this size is usually harder than you think. So I would recommend this detox for anyone looking for a quick boost for their weightloss but always consult with your doctor before.
Considering that sugar is found in many things, it is hard for anyone to say that they don’t have any sugar addiction. You would probably find this cake not sweet enough if you are accustomed to consuming conventional sweets. However I found this a quite satisfying breakfast or dessert to accompany my 21 day sugar detox. It was also ‘ok’ for my boyfriend who is not doing any sugar detox at all and that’s a plus. I suggest that you try it out, and then sprinkle honey on top if you think that you deserve a sweeter dessert.
- 3 granny smith apples
- 6 whole eggs
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons mixed spice (or Chinese 5 spice)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans chopped
- Pre-heat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.
- Peel core and slice the apples into big chunks. Place them in a food processor and process until the apples are finely chopped.
- Add the rest of the ingredients except for the eggs in food processor and mix well.
- When ready, beat the eggs lightly with a fork and then bind in with the rest of the ingredients using a fork. Do not over mix.
- Place in a baking dish lined with parchment paper and cover with aluminium foil.
- Bake for 40 - 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Serve cold or warm with a heaped teaspoon of greek yogurt and more cinnamon for an extra delicious treat.
- You can add ¼ cup honey with the mixture if you are not following the sugar detox. Otherwise you dress cake with honey to sweeten the cake afterwords.