Cinnamon Apple Cake is a fabulous fall dessert and super easy to make. This paleo cake recipe calls for 8 ingredients total. All you need to make it is apples, orange juice, almond butter, eggs, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. My boys adore it smothered in my classic Whipped Cream or Dairy-Free Coconut Whipped Cream.
Healing Properties of Cinnamon
This healthy flourless cake recipe is not overly sweet and brims with the aroma of warming cinnamon. I love cooking with cinnamon because it’s a healing super-spice. Cinnamon regulates blood sugar and is touted in Ayurveda as fixing numerous ailments, including calming down the vata dosha. My go-to spice, I often add cinnamon to my morning Protein Shake and Dandelion Coffee.
Cinnamon Apple Cake
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 2 tablespoons orange juice, fresh squeezed
- 1 cup creamy roasted almond butter
- ¼ cup honey or agave nectar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- In a food processor pulse apple, orange juice, and almond butter until well blended
- Pulse in honey, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon (yes 2 tablespoons), and salt
- Pour batter into a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish
- Bake at 350°F for 32 to 36 minutes
- Cool and serve with Whipped Cream Frosting
Low-Carb Cinnamon Apple Cake
This Paleo Cinnamon Apple Cake recipe was inspired by Andre Anna. Just a few of the changes I made include using apples instead of bananas, adding a ton of cinnamon, and reducing the amount of sweetener in order to make this a low-carb flourless cake. If you are cutting back on your intake of sweeteners you’ll want to check out my Low-Carb Diet page. If you have totally eliminated all sweeteners that can spike your blood glucose you’ll want to take a look at my Ketogenic Diet page.
Healthy Apple Recipes
Love my paleo Cinnamon Apple Cake recipe? Here are some more low-carb apple dessert recipes for you!
This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first published this recipe in 2010.
Greetings to you, Elana! I am soooo excited to see this recipe. I wonder if you have ever eaten an Ambrosia apple? I decided to try to make applesauce in a slow cooker. I decided to a a pinch of salt and I sprinkled on ground cinnamon, maybe 1/8 tsp? I added 1/2-cup water, cooked it on high 4 hours.
Note: No sugar. No sweetener at all.
I tasted it, it is so wonderful!
I used 6 large apples, or 7-8 small apples. It’s delicious, sweet, when you eat them raw, it doesn’t taste sweet.
Thank you so much!
You’re welcome Laura!
Meg Austin says
Yummy! Loved the whipped cream on top!
Ilene Wasserman says
I ran out of almond butter so added almond flour. Hope it works!
Ilene, I hope so!
Arleen Petteys says
Can coconut oil or real butter replace the almond butter?
Arleen, I don’t think so :-)
Cindy Shoemaker says
Made this cake with my 7 year old. He chose a cross shaped pan, had to bake a little longer but it came out amazing! So moist and so much flavor. Did the cool whip icing with maple syrup for the top. I love easy recipes that my kids can be involved in!
Cindy, thanks for letting me know you made this cake for your 7 year old and that it came out amazing! I loved making this cake with my boys when they were little :-)
My family said it was too dry
Thanks Ricki. You might want to add some whipped cream or homemade ice cream on top :-)
This was bland. I will try to use it in a trifle so not to waste it.
Laura, thanks for your comment! If you follow the recipe and use the 2 tablespoons of cinnamon called for, this cake is definitely not bland. It is not very sweet though which could be an issue for those that are used to sugary recipes :-)
I’m excited to try this recipe- but I have a sensitivity to almonds. Do you think a different nut butter could substitute, and if so, what would you suggest I try? Thank you!
Soniya, I haven’t tried that so not sure. Here’s a link to my Nut-Free Recipes page for you, none of those recipes will contain almonds:
i use cashew butter and it turns out creamy and delicious.
Tonya Spicer says
Yes, you can. I use cashew butter.
Elana this looks wonderful!! I am going to make it for my Mother and myself. I am wondering if it would work to make as muffins or cupcakes rather than a cake?
Thanks for all you do for us! God bless!!
Kathryn, thanks so much for your wonderful comment! I haven’t tried that so not sure :-)