Finally something healthy! I had someone ask me if I made any sugar free cakes and I've not tried any recipes so I started with this apple cake.
The recipe I found used agave nectar as a sweetner. This is a controversial issue though, various people seem to think that agave is no better than sugar, and it is very similar to high fructose corn syrup. So I was left a little confused about whether this was going to be a useful sweetner for diabetics. Please tell me in the comments if you know more, or have recipes with natural sweetners, I dont like to use splenda.
I do know that it is a little sweeter than sugar, so you can maybe use a little less than you would with sugar, and this cake incorporates whole wheat flour and large chunks of apples, so I think that offsets the sugar spike that you might get.
I thought the cake looked quite nice just as is, but it could be served with a little whipped cream cheese sweetened with honey or agave, or maybe whipped cream. I can see this being a nice afternoon snack for me, I plan to make another in a square pan and cut into squares and freeze.
Whole wheat apple cake (adapted from dinners and dreams)
Preheat oven to 350f, prepare a 9 inch pan with oil and/or parchment
4 medium sized apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1 cm pieces)
1 packed cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vietnamese cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 oz (1 stick) butter softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Sift flour together with baking soda and cinnamon
Beat together the agave, butter, vanilla, salt and eggs, fold in the flour and the apples and pour into the prepared pan.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.