One of my doctors put me on a special diet for 3 days recently that included applesauce. Well, I told him I was a low carber and that wasn’t such a good food choice for me, but he insisted I needed to incorporate some every day. We went out and bought some unsweetened Motts applesauce and I have a fair amount leftover. Today’s sweet treat was a delicious, pleasant way to use some of it up! I basically started with my Pumpkin Cake recipe, changed the spices and subbed in applesauce for the pumpkin. This recipe is not suitable until you reach the fruit rung of the carb re-introduction ladder of Phase 2 Atkins (OWL). I had 1 apple I wanted to use up, so the loaf in the photo has the diced apple. This cake improves after overnight refrigeration: gets denser; gets tastier as the flavors mellow. 🙂
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8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. (1½ sticks) butter, softened
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
½ c. sugar free maple syrup
4 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. almond flour
1 c. plain whey protein powder
1 c. Splenda (or equivalent product of your choice to equal 1 c. sugar)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1 T. ground cinnamon
OPTIONAL: 1½ c. peeled, diced apple
DIRECTIONS: Line 2 loaf pans with parchment paper on the bottom. Lightly grease the sides of the pan with a little coconut oil. Set prepared pans aside. Preheat oven to 350º.
Soften butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Whip with electric mixer until smooth. Add applesauce, syrup, eggs, vanilla and continue beating with the mixer until smooth throughout. Add all the dry ingredients, beating between each one you add to the bowl. Beat with the mixer for 2-3 minutes or until batter is very smooth. With a spoon, stir in the diced, peeled apple if using. Using a rubber spatula, scrape half of your batter into each pan. Pop pans into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes. Watch the tops as you near end of time, as ovens can vary. Remove and slightly cool. Slice loaf into 8 slices. Do not slice if freezing the loaves. I freeze my cakes in gallon freezer plastic bags.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 16 servings/slices, each contains:
Without diced apple: 261 cals., 22.5 g fat, 7.43 g carbs, 1.98 g fiber, 5.45 g NET CARBS, 10.75 g protein, 250 mg sodium
With diced apple: 267.4 cals. 22.5 g fat, 9.05 g carbs, 2.26 g fiber, 6.79 g NET CARBS, 10.78 g. protein, 250 mg sodium.