This healthy apple cake is delicious and incredibly easy to make. And the extra bonus: a low-calorie, low-fat apple cake without butter, oil, or sugar.
Do you feel like having dessert but feel guilty about eating cake again? Well, this healthy apple cake is the answer!
Do you feel like having some cake but don't have a lot of time? This French-style, easy apple cake is the answer as well! You will probably be able to peel and cut the apples and stir the batter in about 10 minutes. 30 minutes baking time and voila: a beautiful, moist, healthy apple cake, which can be served shortly after being taken out of the oven.
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What makes this apple cake healthy?
- No fat: If you don't count the fat contained in the three eggs. No butter, no oil, no sugar; just eggs, chunks of sweet apples, flour, and spices.
- Made with xylitol instead of sugar. Xylitol has a very low glycemic index, meaning it won’t spike blood sugar.
You will only need a few simple ingredients to make this healthy apple cake.
- Apples: 3 medium fresh apples with a total weight of 9 oz/ 250 g (a little more or less than that is fine). Any type of apple should be fine, but the best apples for me are crisp, sweet, and slightly sour apples (for instance, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, or Granny Smith apples).
- Sweetener: Xylitol is a sugar alcohol occurring naturally in some fruits and vegetables. It is usually made from birch bark and corn cob. It is a figure-friendly alternative to sugar with a glycemic index of 7 (sugar has 60-70) and about 40% fewer calories than sugar.
- Other ingredients: three large eggs, all-purpose flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
- Prepare: Preheat the oven and prepare the baking tin. Grease and flour it or line it with parchment paper.
- Prepare the apples: Peel them, remove their cores, and cut them into small cubes.
- Wet ingredients: Beat the eggs and the sweetener in a large mixing bowl for about 3 minutes with a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir in the vanilla extract (1).
- Dry ingredients: Mix the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Fold them into the egg mixture using a spatula.
- Fold in the chopped apples (2).
- Batter: Pour the batter into a buttered and floured springform pan of about 22-24 cm/ 9-10 inches. Mix 2 teaspoons sugar with ½ teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle the top of the cake with the cinnamon sugar (3).
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes (depending on your oven) or until golden. A toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean (4).
- Use a digital kitchen scale; baking is a science, and measuring the ingredients correctly guarantees the best results (the Amazon affiliate link opens in a new tab).
- Make sure that the eggs are at room temperature. They will mix more easily with the rest of the ingredients, and that results in a smoother, softer batter.
- Immediate baking: Bake the cake batter immediately after stirring. Preheat the oven and prepare the cake pan before making the batter. If you leave it waiting, the baking powder will lose its power, and the cake will not rise nicely.
Absolutely. Replace it 1:1.
Yes, it contains no fat and uses xylitol instead of sugar. One slice has calories, and that is pretty decent, considering that this is still dessert.
Keep in an airtight container at room temperature. The cake will be fine for 2-3 days.
Freeze it for up to 3 months. You can freeze the entire cake or the leftover slices. Wrap well in foil or plastic wrap before freezing. Defrost in the fridge or at room temperature.
How to serve?
- This healthy apple cake is best served fresh from the oven. Let it cool for about 10-15 minutes in the baking pan, transfer it to a serving platter, and serve immediately, or transfer it to a wire rack and let it cool completely before serving.
- However, the completely cooled cake is delicious as well.
- If you chose to make this recipe because you are watching the calories, then serve it as it is. A low-fat addition would be a dollop of Greek yogurt or another creamy yogurt.
- Otherwise, you can serve it with whipped cream, crème Fraiche (slightly sweetened), or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- I recommend vanilla ice cream; a dollop of the cold ice cream on that warm apple cake is just heaven!
Healthy Apple Cake (Low-Fat, Low-Sugar Recipe)
- springform 9-10 inches/ 22-24 cm
- 3 apples about 250 g/ 9 oz, Note 1
- 3 eggs large, at room temperature
- ¾ cup xylitol or granulated sugar 150 g/ 5.5 oz/
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 170 g/ 6 oz
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Preparations: Preheat the oven to 350°F/ 180°C. Grease and flour the springform.
- Prepare apples: Peel and remove the cores. Cut the apples into small cubes. Set aside.3 apples
- Wet ingredients: Beat the eggs and the sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the vanilla extract.3 eggs + ¾ cup xylitol +1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dry ingredients: In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Carefully fold the flour into the egg mixture. Do not over-mix.1 ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour + 1 teaspoon baking powder + 1 teaspoon cinnamon + pinch of salt
- Batter: Fold the chopped apples into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Topping: Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle this mixture over the batter in the pan.2 teaspoons sugar + ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden. A toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake should come out clean.
- Rest the cake for 10-15 minutes, take it out of the tin, and serve either warm or at room temperature (Note 2).
- Any kind of apples are fine, but I prefer crisp, fresh-tasting ones.
- If you watch the calories, serve it as it is or with a dollop of yogurt. Otherwise, serve warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or at room temperature topped with whipped cream or slightly sweetened crème Fraiche.