I saw caramel apples in the grocery store the other day - Mehhh I love them but I pass on getting them since there's like a gallon of sugar in them. But I instantly wanted to make something with those flavors. And I love cake. So this idea popped in my head. The dates add that chewy gooey caramel factor while the apples create a crunch and the cake is just so soft and fluffy. It's delicious! I hope you try it out :) Enjoy!
1¼ cup oat flour (or whole wheat flour)
½ cup almond meal flour
½ cup baking stevia (or sweetener of choice)
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. butter extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 egg whites
½ cup sugar free maple syrup (or honey)
½ cup unsweetened applesauce (or plain greek yogurt)
1 cup apples, chopped
4 medjool dates, pitted and diced
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8”x8” baking dish with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Whisk together extracts, eggs, egg whites, maple syrup, and applesauce until smooth. Add flours, protein powder, stevia, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda to the bowl and stir until well combined. Stir in apples and dates.
3. Pour batter into prepared dish and bake for 26-30 minutes, or until center is cooked throughout. Let cool for 30 minutes then cut into 16 squares. Optional: top with sugar free cool whip and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!
Makes 16 servings
1 serving is 1 cake bar square
Macros for 1 serving
106 calories, 7.3g protein, 12.6g carbs, 3.3g fat, 5.4g sugar, 2.3g fiber
* You may also use a 9”x9” baking dish. Decrease the cooking time slightly, checking the cake bars around 22 minutes.