We’re in the fourth week of self-isolation to prevent the spread of the Covid-19, and the baking continues with my Applesauce Gingerbread Cake.
Since the announcement was made that schools will be closed until at least May 1, we know we’re in this mode of self-isolation and essential shopping only for at least the next five weeks. How are you staying busy, or are you instead surrendering and embracing a slower pace? I’m excited that people are discovering local markets and producers and are supporting local more and more. Our neighbourhood farm is delivering right to our front porch so our trips away from home are few and far between.
I’m missing my yoga tribe terribly but treasuring the extra time at home with my love. Of course, I’m continuing to experiment in the kitchen and recently accidentally created this recipe for Applesauce Gingerbread Cake.
I love it when an accidental recipe is a success. That’s what happened after I made crackers and wanted to try to make them a second time with a different flour. I made my Cassava Cinnamon Crackers, which were terrific the first time, but I decided to try them a second time with almond flour instead of cassava flour. I didn’t really think it through before beginning and added the same amount of wet ingredients, which was a mistake since cassava flour absorbs A LOT more moisture than almond flour.
Once I had the mixture in the bowl there was no way I was going to just toss it without at least attempting to salvage it. It looked like it could become a cake batter with just a few additional ingredients. A few additions, a few tweaks and I had a delicious cake.
The ground flaxseeds in this Applesauce Gingerbread Cake add some extra health benefits to the cake.
What are the health benefits of flaxseeds?
- Flaxseeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is an omega-3 fatty that reduces inflammation and helps prevent cardiac degenerative disease.
- Flaxseeds contain more lignans than any other food. Lignans have antioxidant and anticancer properties, particularly hormone related cancers.
- Flaxseeds are a source of vitamin B1 (thiamine) for nervous system function, cognitive function and metabolism.
What kind of fiber is in flaxseeds?
- Flaxseeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, which helps to lower blood glucose levels.
- About 1/3 of the fiber is soluble and 2/3 is insoluble.
- The soluble fiber is what makes ground flaxseeds become mucilaginous, viscous and gelatinous when liquid is added.
- The soluble fiber is what makes ground flax a good egg replacer as a binder in recipes.
- Soluble fiber helps to soothe the digestive tract and slows down the digestive time, for better absorption of nutrients and blood sugar stability.
- Insoluble fiber helps to improve the processing of waste in the digestive tract and prevent constipation.
Does flaxseed lose its benefits when it is cooked?
- While cooking with flax oil at high heat does cause the oil to oxide, this is not the case with ground flaxseeds.
- The fats in ground flaxseed remain stable in baked goods when using typical oven temperatures for baking.
Now let’s get baking!
Applesauce Gingerbread Cake
- 1 ½ cups almond flour
- ½ cup arrowroot flour
- ¼ cup ground flax
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- ½ cup molasses
- ½ cup applesauce
- ½ cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Sift or whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Melt coconut oil.
- Pour melted coconut oil, molasses and applesauce into a second bowl.
- Whisk eggs and add to applesauce mixture.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Gently fold in raisins.
- Pour batter into a parchment lined or greased and floured 9”x9” pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.