It may not be cold enough outside to warrant breaking out the cozy socks just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t welcome in the change of season with a baked treat will definitely start your fall off on the right foot.
Inspired by traditional sweet coffee cakes, this one-bowl boosted version is made with ancient grains, protein-rich hemp seeds, plentiful natural fruit, and reduced sugar. A healthy shake of warming spices gets the “yum” going the moment the first notes of cinnamon waft from the oven.
Applesauce Cake with Hemp Seeds
Extra protein from hemp boosts this springy and extra moist coffee cake.
Makes 1 9x9-inch cake
Cooking oil spray
1¾ cup spelt flour
¼ cup unflavored hemp protein powder*
1/3 cup hemp seeds
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
¾ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup coconut sugar
½ cup monkfruit sugar replacement, or coconut sugar
1½ cups unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Lucuma powder, or powdered sugar, for sprinkling (optional)
Preheat the oven 350° F. Coat a 9x9-inch square pan with cooking oil spray.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, hemp protein powder, hemp seeds, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt. Mix well.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the coconut oil and both sugars. Mix in the applesauce, lemon, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix until just combined, with no dry ingredients remaining. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and lightly smooth out the surface into a flat layer. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until top is golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer the cake to a baking rack to cool completely. To serve, sprinkle lightly with lucuma powder or powdered sugar if desired, and cut into squares or slices.
Cake will last for 3 days, covered at room temperature.
*A pure hemp protein powder is best for this recipe. Other unflavored protein powders may produce varied results.