The countdown has officially begun – Christmas is on its way! If you’re anything like me you’ll feel like it’s crept up with no warning and you don’t know what to do first –  shopping, making plans with friends, planning out revision (a sad reality, but there’s still plenty to be done!)… It’s time to step back, take a deep breath and think about all of the wonderful things that Christmas brings, and delicious festive foods are just one of them! To help myself feel a bit more festive after being so busy lately, I hit the kitchen and came up with two new Christmas themed recipes! Find the recipe for my brand new, sweet and spicy apple and ginger cake below – it’s a great one for baking in bulk and sharing around friends and family, so you could easily make it as a homemade gift! Plus it’s suitable for vegans/ those on a dairy-free diet so it can be enjoyed by many.

It takes little time and effort, but there’s no compromise in flavour! This cake is moist, warming and has just the right balance of sweet and spice – give it a try and let me know how it goes!

Spiced Apple and Ginger Cake (Serves 12)

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Ingredients

  • 120ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 100g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 150g oats, ground to a flour
  • 20ml coconut oil (melted)
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 15g flaxseed
  • 15ml white wine/apple cider vinegar
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1tbsp ground ginger
  • 120g apple (finely chopped and cooked)
  • 40g sultanas
  • 2tbsp maple syrup

Method

  1. Add 4tbsp hot water to the flaxseed and leave to soak for 10 minutes
  2. Blend the oats together with the baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, then mix with the flour in a bowl
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well for a few minutes until combined
  4. Pour the mixture into a deep tin lined with baking powder, then bake for 15-20mins at 190C until firm and a knife comes out clean when inserted
  5. When the cake is cooked, allow to cool for 5 minutes, then pierce the surface a few times and drizzle the maple syrup over
  6. Divide into 12 portions and serve up warm or leave to cool!

 

This would be delicious if served warm with a nice dollop of Greek yoghurt, light crème fraîche or a vegan alternative such as coconut yoghurt! It’s a simple way to celebrate festive flavours, and it’s nutritious too! If made according to the recipe, each slice is low in sugar and fat, but provides a good source of dietary fibre, iron, vitamin A, calcium and B vitamins. Find the full nutritional label below:

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That’s it from me for now! I’ll be back soon with another festive feature as Christmas (and my 22nd birthday!) are fast approaching! I hope you enjoy the recipe, and please get in touch to let me know your thoughts on the recipe and any other content!

-TheCookingYam

Written by TheCookingYam

I'm a BSc Sport and Exercise Science Graduate from Loughborough University, and also work as a Nutrition Advisor and recipe developer for organisations such as British Swimming, Colour Fit and Bam Organic. I'm passionate about all things food, health and fitness, and have an ambition to share my knowledge with others. Qualified with Grade Distinction in Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Nutrition to support my interest in food and health for active individuals.

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