Mini Apple, Raisin & Cinnamon Loaves

Sometimes the combination of apple, cinnamon and raisins (or sultanas) is all you need. With a hint of orange for extra zing, this is the base for my latest recipe working in collaboration with Graham’s The Family Dairy using their thick, creamy but fat-free Quark, a staple in my fridge that can be used for all kinds of sweet and savoury dishes.

You could use the loaf mixture to create muffins, one big loaf or even a cake – whatever you fancy! Either way, if you’re a fan of these flavours you’ll love the delicious light sponge smothered in a creamy topping and decorated with apple crisps for the finishing touch. A delightful afternoon tea treat without any refined sugars or wheat – bonus!

For the loaves –

  • 150g oat flour
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 50g coconut sugar or stevia (I used Natvia)
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds (I used Linwoods)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 75g raisins or sultanas
  • 2 apples
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 100ml almond milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup (I used Indigo Herbs)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting –

  • 150g Graham’s The Family Dairy Quark
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons stevia
  • Air-dried apple crisps, to decorate (I used Nim’s fruit crisps)

Get making!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and grease and line 2 x mini loaf tins.
  2. Mix together the oat flour, ground almonds, coconut sugar, flaxseeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.
  3. Soak the raisins/sultanas in the orange juice for 10 minutes while you core and grate the apples.
  4. Now add these to the dry ingredients along with the almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla – mix to form quite a thick batter.
  5. Divide between the two tins to reach the top and smooth out evenly. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until risen, golden and quite firm to the touch. Leave to cool.
  6. Meanwhile beat together the topping ingredients and chill in the fridge until needed.
  7. Once the loaves have cooled, turn out then spread each with the frosting to cover. Arrange some dried apple slices on top – then slice and serve!

Check out my other recipes for Graham’s The Family Dairy over here 🙂