Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe

Ingredients
1 egg
1-1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
In a bowl, beat egg substitute for 1 minute on medium speed. Add the applesauce, sugar and oil; mix well. Combine the dry ingredients; add to applesauce mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins and walnuts.
Pour into a 13×9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
In a bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Frost the cake. Yield: 20 servings.

Originally published as Applesauce Cake in Light & Tasty October/November 2001, p10. Over the years I change the spices original it asked for clove, I believe some anise as well.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 186 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit, 1 fat.

No Wheat, No Sugar, No Dairy! Delicious Avocado, Coconut & Sweet Potato Brownies

Ingredients
1/2 cup creamy nut butter (almond, cashew, tahini, etc)
1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
1/2 cup mashed avocado (about 1/2 an avocado)
1/2 cup cooked sweet potato
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons cacao powder

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 325° F.
Grease a regular size loaf pan with coconut oil or line with parchment paper
In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and mix until well combined.
Stir in the chocolate chips and transfer to the loaf pan.
The batter will be very thick and sticky so with the back of a spoon- level out the batter across the pan as evenly as you can, edging it into the corners and smoothing the surface.
Bake for 20 minutes, then remove and allow to cool to before slicing

Peach Cobbler

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Ingredients:

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup white sugar

1 cup milk

1/2 cup butter

2 (16 ounce) cans sliced peaches in heavy syrup

 

Directions:

Melt butter or margarine in 9 x 13 inch pan.

Mix together the flour, sugar, and milk. Pour mixture into the pan. Spread peaches, including syrup, evenly around the pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes, until the crust turns golden brown. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

 

Apfel Puddingteilchen

Pastry filled with vanilla pudding or custard then topped optional with fruit of choice I stayed with autumnal fruits like our local apples, really simple but oh so yummy treat that you could find in any German bakery. Again I had some trouble figuring out how to call this in English, did not have much […]

via Apfel Puddingteilchen/Apple Pudding Danish — A little Swiss, a little Canadian

Raspberry Clafoutis

clafoutisINGREDIENTS
½ c. all-purpose flour
¼ c. sugar
2 tbsp. sugar
salt
3 large eggs
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
¼ c. milk
2 tbsp. milk
1½ pt. raspberries
confectioners’ sugar

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch gratin dish. In a bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Whisk in the eggs, butter, and lemon zest until smooth. Add the milk and whisk until light and very smooth, about 3 minutes. Pour the batter into the gratin dish and top with the raspberries.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until the clafoutis is set and golden. Let cool slightly. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, cut into wedges, and serve.

Whole 30 Chocolate Mousse

chocolate mousseIngredients:

4 servings

1 can (400 ml) creamy coconut milk
5 Tb (1/3 cup) cocoa powder
1 cup (tightly packed) soft dried dates (18 in this case)
a few drops of vanilla extract

Directions:

Refrigerate the can of coconut milk overnight to solidify and separate. Carefully turn it upside down, open and discard the transparent liquid.

If the dates aren’t soft enough to pit and halve cut in half, place them for a few minutes in warm water until they start to soften, then drain and chop. Place them in a the blender, add 2 rounded Tb coconut milk and blend on high.

For a smooth texture you need to strain the paste and then mix in the rest. You need a large strainer with very small holes to trap those bits of date skin. Mixed the date paste with only half of the coconut milk, strained, then added the rest. This will make it go faster.

If you don’t mind those tiny bits of date skin, you can just add the remaining coconut milk and cocoa powder and blend together until smooth, then finally add the vanilla (or your preferred flavouring).  Taste and adjust the flavouring, if needed. Divide the mousse between the 4 ramekins and refrigerate for a couple of hours. You can even make is a day ahead the mouse will mousse tasted more chocolatey

You can also whisk or make this in a food processor or even in the chopper from a hand blender set, that will help to trap air inside the paste and make it lighter and even more mousse-like.

 

Carrot Halwa

Carrot Halwa from Michelle Peters-Jones

1 pound carrots, peeled
2 tablespoons ghee or neutral cooking oil
8 green cardamom pods, seeds only, crushed
3 cups whole milk
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup raisins
Pinch saffron threads
1/4 cup unsalted pistachio nuts, chopped
Grate the carrots coarsely using a cheese grater. Heat the ghee or oil in a heavy, high-sided skillet or saucepan. Add the crushed cardamom seeds and stir for about 30 seconds, until they are fragrant. Add the grated carrots to the pan and fry for about 3 minutes.

Add the milk and bring it up to the boil. Boil, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Then turn the heat down to a low and simmer the halwa, uncovered, for about 1 hour. Stir every so often to stop the milk forming a film or scorching on the bottom. The milk should have reduced by over a third by the end of the hour.

Add the sugar, raisins, and saffron to the pan and stir. Turn the heat up to medium and cook, stirring frequently, for until the halwa is thick and glossy, 15 to 20 minutes.

You can serve the halwa warm or cold. If serving warm, scoop into bowl, sprinkle pistachios over top and serve. If serving cold, press the halwa mixture into small ramekins. When ready to serve, overturn on to plates, sprinkle over the pistachios and serve.