After years of yo-yo dieting, I’ve found an eating plan that I both feel great following, and that still fits in with the lifestyle that we have. The Paleo diet is simple to follow, eating lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruits and nuts. With any “diet” I feel that it is good to have treats here and there so that you don’t feel like you are denying yourself the naught things. But, in all honesty, since starting to eat the paleo way, my craving for sugar has really come down, and fruit now tastes the sweetest I can ever remember it!
Back to this recipe for a gluten-free and paleo spiced apple loaf, which I made on the weekend to satisfy the sweet needs for our Sunday lunch guests, and without breaking away from my new way of eating. My husband (who is great at finding recipes online since we started this!) found lots of recipes for sweet treats that are Paleo friendly, and found this recipe on Au Naturale Nutrition which uses apple sauce, coconut flour, molasses and pumpkin pie spice, among other ingredients.
The first problem we had was finding an apple sauce that was sugar free, and then I suggested to him “why not baby food?” and so, that’s exactly what we use in our spiced apple loaf. Whilst you can buy molasses in health food shops, on researching, we found that black treacle is the UK equivalent, and since we have that in the store cupboard, we used that instead.
Pumpkin pie spice is simply a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and ground cloves. I have never found it in the UK, but do have a couple of tubs of it that I bought in the USA on holiday. To make your own, simple combine ½ cup ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons each of ground nutmeg and ginger and 1 tablespoon of ground cloves. Keep in an airtight container and use as required.
I’m not going to lie, this spiced apple loaf is AMAZEBALLS! It’s moist and full of flavour and goes great with a cup of tea or coffee. As well as being paleo friendly, it is also gluten-free (make sure you buy gluten free bicarbonate of soda).
- ¾ cup coconut flour
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 6 eggs
- 3 tbsps coconut oil, butter or ghee (melted)
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce (suggest a jar of baby food!)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp black treacle
- Preheat the oven to 350F/180C/Gas 4.
- Grease a 2lb loaf tin.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
- Pour the wet ingredient mixture into the dry, and stir until evenly combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 65-70 minutes until cooked through (check by inserting a skewer into the centre).
- We think it's best eaten warm!
- Wrap in cling film and store in the fridge.