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Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cake

Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cake is a moist and fluffy warmly-spiced adventure that’s healthy enough to eat for breakfast! Made with whole grain oats instead of flour, dairy-free and refined sugar-free, this apple baked goodie is fun for the whole family. 

Slice of apple cake on a white plate with a fork taking a bite.

Featuring whole rolled oats and studded with fresh apples, this easy apple cake recipe requires no fancy equipment and virtually no baking experience.

Made without flour, butter, or sugar, this wholesome cake recipe is the ideal healthier treat to enjoy for breakfast or snack.

While I personally find this cake to be delicious enough to serve for dessert, I get that most people would probably prefer a sweeter cake. For this reason, I call it a breakfast cake because it’s wholesome enough to enjoy with breakfast.

If you’re looking for a traditional apple cake recipe, make my Gluten-Free Apple Bundt Cake.

Nevertheless, I’m happy to enjoy this apple oatmeal cake no matter the time of year or the time of day. I find it to be a particularly joyful addition to a post-workout meal. 

If you follow a grain-free diet or a paleo diet, make my Healthy Paleo Apple Cake recipe. 

Finished apple cake in a square baking pan with sliced apples on top.

This delicious cake is a great way to enjoy apple season.

Let’s go over the basic ingredients, because they all serve an important purpose.

Ingredients For Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cake:

Rolled Oats: Taking the place of all-purpose flour, we blend whole rolled oats into a flour to make a whole grain cake. You can use old-fashioned oats, quick oats, or instant oats.

I use gluten-free sprouted oats in all of my oatmeal recipes. If you already have oat flour on hand, feel free to replace the oats with 2 cups of oat flour.

Eggs: A couple eggs make the cake nice and fluffy to give it that airy texture.

I haven’t tested the recipe with an egg replacer, but in my experience egg replacers cause oatmeal recipes like this to be fairly dense and have and undercooked or raw texture. For this reason, I don’t recommend turning this into a vegan apple cake recipe.

Avocado Oil: Used to add fat and moisture to the cake for richness and a tender crumb, we use avocado oil. Melted butter or coconut oil will work too.

Pure Maple Syrup: Used to sweeten the cake while keeping it refined sugar-free, pure maple syrup is the sweetener of choice here.

If you want a sweeter cake, add 1 to 3 tablespoons of brown sugar or coconut sugar.

Applesauce: Unsweetened applesauce adds moisture and more apple flavor. The reason I use applesauce is to avoid using more oil to keep the fat content and calorie content under control.

You can replace it with your favorite non-dairy milk if you’d like.

Pure Vanilla Extract: A splash of vanilla brings warm flavor to the cake.

Baking Powder: Used as the leavening agent, baking powder helps the cake rise during the baking process

Ground Cinnamon (or Pumpkin Spice): Pumpkin pie spice brings a variety of warm flavors to this oatmeal apple cake recipe.

You can also use ground cinnamon if you don’t have pumpkin spice on hand.

Sea Salt: Salt is a big flavor enhancer! To ensure the cake comes out with plenty of sweet apple flavor, be sure to include the salt.

Apple: Pick your favorite type of apple to peel and chop for this healthier apple cake recipe. Granny Smith apples will bring tart flavor whereas sweeter apples like Fuji apples or gala apples will bring more sweetness. Pink lady apples are also a great option.

Thick slice of apple breakfast cake on a place with a plate of cake slices in the background.

Now that we’ve covered the simple ingredients list, let’s bake this apple breakfast cake recipe!

How to Make Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 8-inch square pan or round cake pan with parchment paper. I strongly recommend using parchment paper as opposed to cooking spray for this recipe to make it easier to get the cake out of the pan.

Transfer the oats to a high-speed blender and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until a flour forms. Add the rest of the dry ingredients (baking powder sea salt, and pumpkin pie spice) to the blender and blend for a few seconds to combine.

Rolled oats in a blender, ready to be blended into a flour.

Combine the unsweetened applesauce, eggs, avocado oil, pure maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and mix well until everything is combined.

Wet ingredients for apple breakfast cake s in a mixing bowl.

Transfer the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl with the wet ingredients and mix well.

Dry ingredients on top of wet ingredients in a mixing bowl to be mixed into apple bread.

Stir the chopped apples (or shredded apples) into the cake batter. Note: if you’d like to toss the apples in 1 tablespoon of flour to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan, you can!

Chopped apple on top of cake batter to make apple cake.
Stir in the chopped apple

Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and spread it into an even layer using a rubber spatula. If you’d like, you can add more apple pieces to the top of the batter.

Square cake pan of apple cake, ready to be sliced and served.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top of the cake is golden brown.

Cakes are fully baked when they reach an internal temperature of 190 degrees F. You can insert an instant read thermometer into the center of the cake to verify it is done.

Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool completely to room temperature.

Pull on the edges of the parchment paper to release the cake from the pan and transfer it to a cutting board. Slice the cake into individual slices and enjoy!

Sliced apple cake on a sheet of parchment paper.

If you’re eating this cake for breakfast, I recommend pairing it with a quality protein source like Greek yogurt, scrambled eggs, leftover animal protein, etc.

Store cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the cake in a large zip lock bag for up to 3 months. You can store the cake on the counter covered in plastic wrap for up to 2 days if you don’t live in a very humid area.

Slice of apple cake on a plate with a fork taking a bite out of it.

The next time you’re craving an apple dessert, bake up this oatmeal apple cake for a guilt-free delight.

I love that this delicious breakfast is made with less sugar and all healthy ingredients but can still be served for special occasions. 

If you’re looking for more healthy cake recipes, also check these out!

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Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cake

This healthier cake recipe features whole grain oats and is lower in sugar and fat than your standard cake recipe. A lovely treat for fall, this easy apple cake recipe is light, fluffy and cinnamony!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Desserts & Treats
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 Servings
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Julia

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 8-inch square pan or round cake pan with parchment paper. I strongly recommend using parchment paper as opposed to cooking spray for this recipe to make it easier to get the cake out of the pan.
  • Transfer the oats to a high-speed blender and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until a flour forms. Add the rest of the dry ingredients (baking powder sea salt, and pumpkin pie spice) to the blender and blend for a few seconds to combine.
  • Combine the eggs, avocado oil, applesauce, pure maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and mix well until everything is combined.
  • Transfer the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl with the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Stir the chopped apples (or shredded apples) into the cake batter. Note: if you’d like to toss the apples in 1 tablespoon of flour to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan, you can!
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and spread it into an even layer using a rubber spatula. If you’d like, you can add more apple pieces to the top of the batter.
  • Bake for 23 to 28 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top of the cake is golden brown. Cakes are fully baked when they reach an internal temperature of 190 degrees F. You can insert an instant read thermometer into the center of the cake to verify it is done.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool completely to room temperature.
  • Pull on the edges of the parchment paper to release the cake from the pan and transfer it to a cutting board. Slice the cake into individual slices and enjoy!
  • If you’re eating this cake for breakfast, I recommend pairing it with a quality protein source like Greek yogurt, scrambled eggs, leftover animal protein, etc.

Notes

*Use ground cinnamon instead of pumpkin spice if you prefer.
**Replace some of the avocado oil with unsweetened applesauce if you’d like.
Store cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the cake in a large zip lock bag for up to 3 months.
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice (of 6) | Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g

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Christine

Saturday 21st of October 2023

Just saw what you posted about the oil. Sorry, will try with coconut oil:)

Julia

Saturday 21st of October 2023

No problem, Christine! I hope you enjoy the cake! xo

Christine

Saturday 21st of October 2023

Can coconut oil be used in place of avocado oil?

Susan

Friday 20th of October 2023

I didn't have applesauce on hand, so I pureed a small apple instead. The recipe turned out delicious, not overly sweet, and reminds me of apple-and-cinnamon oatmeal in cake form. Ours needed a longer baking time, maybe because of the pureed apple, but otherwise, this was delightful.:)

Julia

Saturday 21st of October 2023

I love that! I'm happy you were able to make it work with the pureed apple idea - this is genius! Thank you for sharing your experience, Susan! xo

Jasson

Friday 20th of October 2023

Very nice recipe chef ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘.thank you for your effort ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž.

Julia

Saturday 21st of October 2023

My pleasure!

Bonnie

Friday 20th of October 2023

Why avocado oil? Can I use another kind? Thanks!

Julia

Saturday 21st of October 2023

Hi Bonnie! I use avocado oil because it is high in omega-3 fats and has a neutral flavor (unlike olive oil). You can use melted butter or coconut oil if you'd prefer.

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