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Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake

This Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake is perfectly spiced, packed full of sweet, juicy apples and so easy to make! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten-free apple cake, vegan apple cake, vegan thanksgiving dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 322kcal
Author Rhian Williams


  • 60 g coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
  • 200 ml unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 8 tablespoons date syrup (or sub maple syrup or any other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 300 g grated apple (two medium-sized apples)
  • 150 g ground walnuts* (or sub ground almonds/almond meal)**
  • 150 g gluten-free flour blend (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons baking powder (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if using any other oil)
  • Once melted, add the milk to the same bowl along with the vinegar, date syrup, vanilla, ginger, mixed spice, salt, grated apple and ground walnuts
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
  • Mix well, adding a tiny splash more milk if it’s looking too dry
  • Transfer mixture into a greased baking tin lined with baking paper - I used a 22.5cm/9inch pie dish
  • Bake in oven for around 30 minutes until risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean
  • Best when fresh but keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days. See notes for serving suggestions**


*Make the ground walnuts by putting walnuts in a food processor and whizzing until a fine powder forms.
**You can alternatively use almond flour 
***Serving suggestions:
  • pecan nuts, roughly chopped
  • vegan cream cheese frosting
  • custard - This custard powder is my favourite as it's made with just few simple ingredients and it's vegan, gluten-free and completely free from sugar.


Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 0.4% | Vitamin C: 2.4% | Calcium: 9.7% | Iron: 6.6%