This delicious Peanut and Apple Streusel Cake is the perfect afternoon treat.
Most foods commonly though of as ‘dessert’ contain little to no nutritional value. This one on the other hand is a great source of protein, fibre, magnesium and Vitamin E.
We recommend serving this cake with dairy free coconut yogurt and an additional drizzle of Pic’s smooth peanut butter.
Peanut and apple streusel cake
- Streusel topping
1/2 cup almond meal
60 grams smooth Pic’s peanut butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar
4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tbsp filtered water
2 cups almond meal
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup raw honey
4 organic eggs
1/4 cup crushed peanuts
- Firstly prepare streusel topping. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Using your hands, form into a ball and place in a dish in the freezer whilst preparing the cake.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
- Place apples and water in heavy based pan. Cover and gently cook over low heat for approximately 5 minutes.
- Then combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix well. In another bowl, whisk eggs. Then add honey and 1/2 cup of cooked apple, mix well.
- Add wet mix to dry mix and gently stir.
- Pour cake mixture into greased and lined cake tin (17cm diameter).
- Gently spoon cooked apples on top of cake mixture, then sprinkle crushed peanuts.
- Remove streusel mix from freezer and grate evenly over cake.
- Bake for for approximately 45 minutes.
- Serve with coconut yoghurt and/or additional peanut butter.
What are the health benefits of almond meal?
Almond meal involves minimal processing and retains the nutrients of the whole almonds. The nutrient profile is considerably superior to that of wheat and grain flours, which can be highly processed, sometimes chemically milled and may come from genetically modified and highly sprayed crops.
Nevertheless, almond meal is controversial. Rather than address potential concerns, we would again like to reinforce that nutrient density is an important benefit and that ensuring dietary variety (alternate flours for example) largely avoids these potential issues.
To summarise, nutritional benefits of almond meal include:
- Does not contain gluten
- High protein content (contains all essential amino acids)
- Good source of mono-unsaturated fats (these are predominant omega-6, so it is important to balance with this plenty of omega-3, found in fish and flaxseed)
- Good source of anti-oxidant vitamin E, as well as Biotin and Vitamin B2
- High mineral content, including magnesium, manganese, calcium, zinc and copper
- Contains anti-oxidant flavonoids to improve blood lipid/cholesterol ratios, improving heart health
- Assists with blood glucose levels, reducing GI (glycaemic index) of other foods consumed with almonds