Walnut and Honey Cake with no maida, no processed sugar and no added fat! Doesn’t that sound like a dream dessert?
Oh well, if I did honestly tell you that there is a walnut and honey cake with no maida, no processed sugar, no added fat and it is moist and delicious, would you believe me? Even if you didn’t believe me now, at the end of this post you will 😀
I first saw this cake on the Martha Stewart site ages ago and I have been making it often. The original recipe asked for the cake to be made with all maida and since I have been making it so often, I tried replacing 50% maida with whole wheat and was happy with the results. And then, I tried replacing 100% maida with 100% whole wheat, made a few more additions to the cake in terms of moisture and here is a winner of a cake.
No fat, no processed flour, no processed sugar yet delicious warm and moist cake. Try it and you can come back to thank me or for more recipes 🙂
Since the ingredients are really healthy in this cake, I don’t mind giving a piece or two to O for his lunchbox too! Walnuts are best know for their omega 3 fats, along with other micro nutrients like copper, manganese, molybdenum and biotin. They are known to have cancer fight properties and improve heart health. Walnuts also have anti oxidant properties, meaning they help control the aging process. Walnuts also help with weight loss, improve the performance of the brain and help fight diabetes. Now is that reason enough to eat walnuts, eh? A lot of people I know really do not like to eat walnuts as they are, so this cake is an awesome way to ensure that you get your dose of walnuts!
And oh, two other ways to incorporate walnuts in desserts
Walnut and Honey Cake
- 100 gm walnut (1 cup) shells
- 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 apples , cored and pureed
- 1 cup honey
- 1/2 cup yoghurt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 3 eggs large
- 2 tsps honey for glaze
- Pre heat the oven to 180C. Spread the walnuts on a baking dish and toast for 5-7 minutes and let it stand for cooling.
- After the walnuts have cooled a bit, coarsely grind them and keep aside.
- Sift together flour, baking soda and the spices.
- In a large bowl, whisk together pureed apples, eggs, yoghurt and honey.
- Mix together the dry and wet ingredients and then fold the walnuts to it slowly.
- Pour in a 9-inch greased pan and bake for 55 minutes till the skewer comes out clean
- Let it cool for 10 minutes then pour honey over slightly warm cake.
- Serve warm, this keep good for 2-3 days in an airtight container though it is best the same day.