Healthy Spiced Apple & Caramel Cake

This post is dedicated to some of my favourite things: flavours of autumn (in this case, apples in the form of Nim’s air-dried apple crisps plus mixed spices), caramel and new healthy baking mix on the block, Thrively. I’ve got a lot of love for for both of these brands, not only because of their delicious and nutritious products but because the people behind them are just so god-dam lovely.

Raspberry & Almond Brownies

I’ll start off by showing you what I did with the Chocolate Maca Muffins mix, one of Thrively’s three gluten-free, dairy-free and no refined sugar offerings. Although I bake a lot as part of my job and blogging work, it was nice to have the luxury of using this incredibly easy mix boosted with superfoods – you only need to add eggs, melted coconut oil and your choice of milk… Then it’s up to you how you customise the mix!

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I added some raspberries and almond extract into the mixture and scattered over some flaked almonds to create some brownies. The verdict: incredible. Rich, indulgent and fudgey brownies with just the right amount of sweetness and the ideal texture – not dry or crumbly in the slightest.

Spiced Apple & Caramel Cake

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With the Baobab Muffins, I decided to go a bit more extravagant and bake the mixture (with added cinnamon, ginger and grated apple) between two small cake tins and create a super easy caramel to sandwich them together and spread on top. Here’s how I made it:

  • 1 x jar St Dalfour Chestnut Spread (or unsweetened chestnut puree)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons date nectar (I used Beloved)

Simply mix the ingredients together and chill in the fridge until needed. I decorated the top cake with Nim’s Apple Crisps – crispy, naturally sweet and a perfect topping – plus some flaked almonds for the finishing touch.┬áLet me just share some more photos so you can appreciate how it turned out…

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Oh my, just like the other mix, Thrively totally smashed it again by getting the taste, texture and sweetness absolutely bang-on. If you’re wanting to bake healthy treats but don’t have the time or unsure where to start, I can’t recommend these highly enough. Look out for the official launch of their mixes coming very soon – follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates!