This gluten-free applesauce snack cake is one of those recipes I have made over and over again. It is made with brown rice flour (that means it’s whole grain!), sweetened with honey, and has a warm spice flavor. Plus, one of the best things about this healthy applesauce cake is that it’s made in a bundt pan, so it’s easy to cut into snackable slices!
I shared this recipe here back in 2011. I have updated some of the content to share it with you again today.
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Why We Love This Gluten-Free Applesauce Snack Cake RecipeKey Ingredients Step-By-Step Instructions For This Applesauce Bundt CakeFAQs and Expert TipsMore Gluten-Free Snacks and Sweets Additional Recipes To Try
Why We Love This Gluten-Free Applesauce Snack Cake Recipe
There’s no better way to settle into the crisp and cozy fall season by enjoying a delicious treat! This healthy gluten-free applesauce snack cake always comes to mind at this time of year to kick off the baking season.
As soon as the first wooden “Pick Your Own Apples” signs start to appear on the side of the road, I become an apple-baking Pavlovian dog and make batch after batch of my homemade apple sauce. In turn, I end up making this applesauce snack cake too.
This healthy applesauce cake is sweetened only with apple and honey, making it a wholesome treat that the entire family will love. Cut your bundt cake into slices and put the kettle on for a cup of tea – it’s time for fall!
It’s remarkably easy to make homemade applesauce, and I suggest doing so for this recipe. If you need to use storebought, just make sure it’s unsweetened since applesauce is sweet enough as is, and we’re keeping the sweetener in this recipe natural.
Use honey as your natural sweetener (in addition to the applesauce); I recommend Orange Blossom Honey if it’s readily available.
Brown Rice Flour
This is an excellent alternative for gluten-free recipes. It has a slightly toasty and nutty flavor. Feel free to sue white rice flour if you cannot find brown rice flour.
This applesauce snack cake recipe also calls for eggs, orange or lemon zest, avocado oil (or canola), baking soda, pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon), and salt.
Step-By-Step Instructions For This Applesauce Bundt Cake
Step 1: Preheat and Prep
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and coat a large twelve-cup bundt pan with cooking spray.
Step 2: Puree Wet Ingredients
Puree the eggs, zest, applesauce, honey, and oil in a blender or a food processor. Do not skip this step. This helps to incorporate air into the batter to help make the cake more fluffy. We find that a blender is best, but if you only have a food processor they will work too.
Step 3: Whisk Dry Ingredients
Then in a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a large bowl.
Step 4: Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients
Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients to gradually stir the dry into the wet until they’re all combined.
Step 5: Bake The Bundt Cake
Immediately spread out the batter into the prepared bundt pan and transfer to the oven. Bake until the snack cake is golden brown and springs back when it’s lightly touched, which should take 50 to 55 minutes.
Step 6: Cool and Enjoy
Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack. Let it cool completely, and then enjoy!
FAQs and Expert Tips
I have had mixed results with gluten-free all-purpose flours for this recipe, as have readers. Some homemade mixes work well as do some store brands. If you have a favorite brand that works well for you, try using it one to one in place of the rice flour.
Yes! You can add up to 1/2 cup of each. I have also used dried zante currents which are less sweet than raisins.
You sure can, however a large bundt pan holds 12 cups and a loaf holds only 8 cups so you’ll want to make a 2/3 times batch instead of the full amount.
Brown rice sugar is a much harder and gritter grain so it doesn’t absorb liquid that well. In this recipe, the applesauce is a great complement to the brown rice flour as a binder.
Macintosh is the best apple for homemade applesauce because they practically when cooked in water. You can eventually layer other apple varieties with the Macintosh, but these are a great place to start.
More Gluten-Free Snacks and Sweets
My kids love pizza bagels, and here’s a Gluten Free Pizza Bagel recipe! There is a CRAZY big amount of topping on this Gluten-Free Apple Crisp and that’s oh so right!My kiddos will eat an inordinate amount of raw veggies, as long as I serve them with dip. This low-fat ranch dip has been the vehicle of choice since they were wee. Follow the Gluten-free instructions to make this Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread without any gluten in it. I’m wondering why Scotcharoos are just a Midwest thing. They sound so good! This Gluten-free Pound Cake with chocolate marbling looks amazing!
Additional Recipes To Try
Maple Apple Cranberry Crumb Pie is sweetened with maple syrup, has a whole grain crust, and is loaded with juicy berries! I love this recipe for Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Praline Buntlettes and I think you’ll like them too! They’re mini bundt cakes that are bursting with seasonal flavor.Maple Apple Almond Cake is deliciously moist and spiced with all of the warm flavors of fall – it’s one of my favorite dessert recipes ever!
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Gluten-Free Applesauce Snack Cake
Author: Katie Webster
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield: 15 servings
This gluten-free applesauce bundt snack cake is one of those recipes I have made over and over again. It is made with brown rice flour (that means it’s whole grain) and it is sweetened with honey.
Zest from 1 orange or lemon
2 cups unsweetened applesauce, preferably home-made
½ cup honey, orange blossom if available
1/3 cup avocado oil or organic canola oil
2 cups brown rice flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large 12-cup bundt pan with cooking spray.
Puree eggs, zest, applesauce, honey and oil in a blender or food processor.
Whisk flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a large bowl.
Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Gradually stir the dry into the wet and stir until combined.
Immediately spread out into the prepared pan and transfer to the oven. Bake until golden brown and the cake springs back when lightly touched, 50 to 55 minutes.
Let cool in pan 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Once warm to room temperature, slice and enjoy.
Variations To Try:
Feel free to use white rice flour or gluten-free baking mix instead of the brown rice flour.
Maple syrup can be used in place of honey. We recommend using dark robust grade A pure maple for baking.
Other fruit sauces such as pear sauce or pumpkin puree may be used in place of the applesauce.
Fold in 1/2 cup chopped toasted nuts and/or raisins into the batter before adding it to the pan.
Add powdered sugar on top for decoration.
Frost with a simple icing. Try the icing from this maple almond apple cake.
Adjust seasonings by swapping in baking extract or liquor for the zest.
Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 55 minCategory: SnackMethod: BakingCuisine: American
Serving Size: 1/15th cake
Sugar: 12.6 g
Sodium: 214 mg
Fat: 5 g
Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
Carbohydrates: 29 g
Fiber: 1.4 g
Protein: 2.3 g
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