Lower-Carb, Grain Free Apple, Cardamom and Pecan Cake

Lower-Carb Apple, Cardamon and Pecan Cake

Lower-Carb, Grain Free Apple, Cardamom and Pecan Cake

This lower-carb, grain free cake is fragrant, mega-moist and flavoured generously with cardamom and cinnamon. The sweet apple, coconut and optional honey adds a gentle sweetness and the pecans add a lovely light crunch. It’s one of IINH taste health kitchens favourite lower-carb desserts. 


Course Baking, Dessert, Desserts & Sweet Treats
Diet Child Friendly, Dairy Free, Diabetic Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Gut health, Low Carb, Low GI
Servings 1 Loaf
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 80 g almond flour ground almonds finely sieved
  • 30 g coconut flour
  • 50 g finely milled flaxseeds
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp bread soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 lightly rounded tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 lightly rounded tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 40 g pecans roughly chopped
  • 1 medium eating apple very finely grated
  • 2 eggs 4 eggs if making dairy free
  • 1-2 tsp honey
  • 170 - 200 ml buttermilk 100 - 120 ml soya yoghurt for dairy free version


  • Pre-heat oven to 170 C, lightly oil a 1lb loaf tin and line with parchment or greaseproof paper.
  • Sieve all dry ingredients into a bowl, rub in coconut oil and add in the nuts.
  • In a small bowl mix the eggs, buttermilk and grated apple together until blended.
  • Make a well in the flours. Add liquid, stir with your hand in a circular movement, bringing the excess flour from the outside to the centre until all mixed in. The mixture should have a thick batter consistency.
  • Transfer the mixture into a lined loaf tin and make a little did in centre with a spoon. Place in oven at 170 C for 30- 35 mins or until bread is cooked.
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Maggie's Tips

  • If you want to make this cake dairy free use 4 eggs instead of 2 and add in 100ml of soya yoghurt instead of buttermilk.
  • This is quite costly to make, so you might want to ration your slices.
  • This cake freezes really well so why not cut into slices and take out and toast as needed.

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