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Paleo Plantain Apple Cake

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Gluten free plantain apple cake you make in the BLENDER! Easy, refined sugar free, option included for oil free, and paleo-approved.

Next time you’re browsing the produce section casually, as one does, I hope you pause just a little longer by the large banana-looking fruit that isn’t a banana. Whether they be green or very ripe and sweet with black spots, plantains are are worth that extra look. If you haven’t discovered them, now is the time. Really. Plantains are the only fruit I know of where you can use them at practically any stage of ripeness and make something delicious.

When green, you can fry for tostones or plantain chips or boil to make mofongo (a Puerto Rican mashed plantain dish). When they’re ripe and sweet, you can fry them up to make maduros (which is actually a “clean” Whole30 approved dish), or you can make this cake with fresh apples and pumpkin (optional) and feel all fall festive without gluten or refined sugar.

Gluten free plantain apple cake you make in the BLENDER! Easy, refined sugar free, option included for oil free, and paleo-approved.

 

Oh, and no mixing bowl either. I mixed the batter in the blender! Since we purchased a refurbished Vitamix a few months ago I’ve experimented using it to make a variety of things, but it wasn’t until I decided to experiment with plantains as a flour substitute that I decided to give it a whirl in cake baking! As much as I love plantains, the though of chunks in my cake bothered me, especially since I really wanted the crunchy bites of fresh apple to shine through! So use your blender or a food processor or something to make the plantains extra smooth.

This recipe took a lot of testing, and I came up with two options for you, one with oil and one without, and both are delicious. Just promise me you’ll do me one favor… DON’T refrigerate this cake. You’ll think it’s a good idea, but the cake is really moist to begin with, and if you do what I did with the last one and refrigerate it, you’ll be very sad the next morning and not at all happy with the texture until it sits out a few hours and dries out. So… don’t. Just leave it at room temperature and eat it within three days when it tastes its best. None of the test cakes lasted any longer than that anyway in our house. So whether you choose to make this with oil or pumpkin, just take my word on the storage.

Gluten free plantain apple cake you make in the BLENDER! Easy, refined sugar free, option included for oil free, and paleo-approved.

 

Enjoy!

Gluten free plantain apple cake you make in the BLENDER! Easy, refined sugar free, option included for oil free, and paleo-approved.

Paleo Plantain Apple Cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A gluten-free, refined sugar free fall flavored cake.

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup avocado or other neutral-flavored oil, or use pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large ripe plantains
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped apples

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9" cake dish or springform pan.
  2. Place everything except the apples in the blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Stir in the apples and pour into your baking dish.
  4. Bake for 55-60 minutes until the cake is set.
  5. Allow to cool completely in the pan before removing.
  6. Slice and serve when completely cool. Store loosely covered at room temperature up to 3 days.

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Kj petersen

Monday 20th of April 2020

Made this today and was pleasantly surprised❣️ Used bananas, pumpkin purée, half maple syrup and half date syrup, added pumpkin pie spice with the cinnamon, didn’t peel the honeycrisp apples, and baked 50 minutes and turned off oven so cake cooled inside! Oh Yeah! Moist and yummy.

Mary (The Goodie Godmother)

Saturday 25th of April 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for sharing the modifications you made! <3

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Heather

Friday 13th of July 2018

Loved this a few weeks ago and the second batch is in the oven now! I made it with duck eggs as I can’t have chicken eggs.

Mary (The Goodie Godmother)

Sunday 15th of July 2018

Awesome! I'm so glad you enjoyed. I think the duck eggs must add an amazing richness. Yum!

michelle

Sunday 1st of April 2018

this looks so lovely. what do you think about 1/4c avo oil + 1/4c apple sauce, would this combo alter the cake's texture too much? i'm in new zealand so don't have access to canned pumpkin puree. could make my own if need be!

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