Vegan Apple & Cinnamon Loaf
What I love is when I can create a little something without needing to go out and buy a ton of ingredients. With this recipe, I simply open my pantry and whisk some ingredients together, resulting in a quick and vegan fruity apple loaf. Now, isn’t that scrumptious? This baked goodie is not only quick and easy to make but also delicious and nutritious – which shouldn’t surprise you considering who’s food blog you’re on. It is filled with apple, cinnamon and love and is a win for people who value fluffy texture, moist cakes and quick results. To make this lovely loaf you won’t need many ingredients and you’re likely to have all of them gathered in your cupboard (if there are a few items you miss, that’s fine. You can also replace the coconut milk with any other plant-based milk, you may substitute the coconut oil with sunflower seed oil and you can use wheat flour instead of spelt – this recipe is super flexible!) (keep in mind: if you do adapt the ingredients you use, the consistency of your batter may vary). Let’s get baking!
sprinkle a little more cinnamon on that
Cinnamon is one of the most popular spices and that is not only thanks to its delicious smell and exotic flavour; it is a true health-aider. Now, first of all, there are two different types of cinnamon: Ceylon and Cassia. Ceylon is considered the “true” cinnamon as it is much lower in coumarin, a compound that is found in Cassia which can be harmful in big doses. Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of cinnamon trees (ever wondered what those look like?), from which sticks are cut and grounded. Both the smell and powerful health benefits are thought to come from the cinnamaldehyde compound of cinnamon, which is the oily part of cinnamon bark. Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and may lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes by lowering LDL cholesterol levels and increasing our body’s sensitivity to the hormone insulin. So the next time you write cinnamon on your shopping list, try to find Ceylon which is generally sold in health food shops rather than common supermarkets. It’s worth the price because its worth your health!
Prep Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 45 min
Cooling Time: 10 min
Total Time: 1 hour and 10 min
For this recipe you will need:
1 cup spelt flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 c coconut oil
1/3 c agave syrup
100 ml coconut milk
2 apples, chopped
1 tsp bicarbonate
pinch of salt
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C on fan mode.
- Combine the flour, cinnamon, bicarbonate and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Next, melt the coconut oil in a small pan and combine with the agave syrup and the coconut milk in a small mixing bowl.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients until you have a smooth dough.
- Roughly chop the two apples (I prefer if the skin stays on) and set a few pieces aside for decorating the loaf. Add the apple chunks to the batter and stir in well.
- Line a rectangular baking tin with the dough and decorate with the handful of apple chunks that you kept aside.
- Put the loaf in the oven for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
- Let it rest on a rack for 10 minutes and enjoy the warm, cinnamony fluffiness!