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)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and grease and line 2 x mini loaf tins.
- Mix together the oat flour, ground almonds, coconut sugar, flaxseeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.
- Soak the raisins/sultanas in the orange juice for 10 minutes while you core and grate the apples.
- Now add these to the dry ingredients along with the almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla – mix to form quite a thick batter.
- 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.
- Meanwhile beat together the topping ingredients and chill in the fridge until needed.
- 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 🙂