Every year I look forward to Fall baking, which to me means apples, pumpkin and warm spices. This year, I started off my Fall baking with a treat that includes two of these components - apple spice breakfast cake! I'm calling these breakfast cake bars because they healthy enough to eat for breakfast, but they also make a great snack or dessert!
I saw the recipe for these cake bars on one of my favourite blogs, The Diva Dish. I made a few changes to her recipe, including using maple syrup instead of honey to keep them vegan, and adding some diced apples and raisins to the batter.
I loved how this cake turned out! It's full of warm fall flavours with just the right amount of sweetness for my taste. It's also extremely moist, and almost gooey inside from the apple-date puree. I liked the extra texture from the diced apple and raisins that I added, but you could leave out the raisins if you don't like them.
While these are great on their own, you could also top them with a glaze. I tried adding a yummy maple glaze to a few of my cake bars, as recommended by the original recipe - I just mixed together some icing sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and a bit of almond milk until the mixture was thin and pourable, and drizzled it over top of the cake.
I would recommend adding a glaze if you plan on eating these for dessert, to make them a bit sweeter. The glaze also helps make them a bit prettier if you plan on serving them to others.
Apple Spice Breakfast Cake
Adapted from The Diva Dish
3 small Gala apples, peeled and grated
1/2 cup dates, chopped
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup water
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt
2 tbsp ground flax
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup almond milk (or other non dairy milk)
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 medium Gala apple, peeled and diced
1/4 cup raisins
In a medium saucepan, combine the shredded apples, chopped dates, maple syrup, water, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir and heat on medium-high until it starts to bubble. Reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and puree the mixture in a food processor or blender until it is smooth. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients (flour through to salt).
In a separate bowl, mix the flax, oil, almond milk, apple juice and sugar. Stir with a whisk until it is smooth.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in the apple-date mixture, as well as the diced apple and raisins, until evenly mixed.
Pour the batter into an 8x8 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350°F for 22-25 minutes (Mine took the full amount of time).
Remove from oven and let cool before removing from the pan and cutting into bars.
Drizzle with your favourite icing or glaze if desired.
Makes about 12 bars.