Another week… another cake 😂😂 What can I say? Germans love their cake. They love it with seasonal fruit and they love to eat it during the afternoon with some coffee. Enter this little gem. When I had plums last week in my local farmer’s market box I knew I wanted to share this plum cake with you!! It is super moist, delicious and I got a dinner invite on the day my friend knew I was shooting… need I say more?! 😜🥰
This plum cake does not contain any industrialized sugar. The sugars used, together with the added fat and gluten-free flour, will help in maintaining your blood sugar levels whilst providing you with some additional added Vitamins and Minerals. This means you are avoiding a rollercoaster of sugar flooding your bloodstream, which usually makes you feel awesome for about 2 hours after eating and then quickly brings you crashing down resulting in you craving more food…
By the way, for anyone who is thinking: This recipe looks very similar to my rhubarb streusel cake… Well, that is because it is. Not to worry though, the plums make this cake very different tasting than the rhubarb streusel cake. You would not be in danger of presenting a similar cake to your loved ones on Sunday over coffee 😉.
Why is this Plum Cake good for you?
Oats and Buckwheat
Ah…. my favorite combination of gluten-free flours for cakes, pancakes, etc. I have written about the benefits of both oats and buckwheat in almost all of my posts so far. Both of them contain loads of fiber, which helps you feeling full longer and eliminating waste from your digestive tract. Both of these processes are really beneficial for the optimal functioning of your gut. The stronger your gut the better it becomes in absorbing the essential nutrients from the food we are eating. This, in turn, allows us to become overall more healthy.
Apple sauce has a very high concentration of something called “pectin”, which is a starch that naturally occurs in the cell walls of fruits and vegetables. This natural fiber again is great in benefiting your digestive health. Apple sauce is also naturally high Vitamin C, adding a boost to your immune system!
Coconut oil is made up of saturated and medium-chain triglyceride structures. It contains antioxidants, which may help in aiding nutrients in your gut to be absorbed. Due to the chemical structure of this fat, it actually promotes the good cholesterol in our body, thereby lowering overall cholesterol. It is also great in boosting brain function by providing your brain with another form of fuel than simple glucose (= sugar). Coconut oil’s anti-microbial properties help in killing of bacteria, fungi, and viruses in the body.
Plums are incredibly high in Vitamins A, K, and C, as well as Potassium, Copper, and Manganese. They contain an antioxidant called “polyphenol”, which may help to reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This antioxidant also has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, as well as protecting the body from damage against our cells – thereby protecting us against both aging and potential cancer.
And there you have it for this week. Like I said, this cake is utterly delicious and due to its amazing health benefits a lightened up / healthier version of a “regular” plum cake. I hope you will enjoy this delight!!! As always, please tag me in your creations on Instagram @life_and_lemons_foodblog and leave me a comment below! 🤗Happy baking everyone!! 🌻🌞
Gluten-free Plum CakeCourse: Sweet treatsCuisine: Gluten-free bakingDifficulty: Easy
This juicy, moist, gluten-free and refined sugar-free plum cake is a delight! It bursts with the flavours of plums and is best enjoyed with a cup of coffee.
- Liquid ingredients
½ cup (125 ml / 160 gr.) apple sauce
1/4 cup coconut oil (60 ml /60 gr.) melted
1 medium-sized eggs
1/4 cup (60 ml, 65 gr) maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla, liquid
- Dry ingredients
2/3 cup (80 gr.) oats
½ cup (100 gr.) buckwheat
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
- Finishing ingredients
ca. 500 gr of plums
1-2 tbsp coconut sugar
coconut oil for greasing the baking form
Cinnamon for sprinkling
- Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit). Line a 20cm (8 inch) baking form with parchment paper at the bottom and grease the sides with a bit of coconut oil
- In a bowl, combine all the liquid ingredients
- Put the oats and buckwheat in a small blender and blend into a flour. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining dry ingredients with the flour
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add dough to the prepared baking form
- Wash and de-seed the plums by simply cutting them in half. Start assembling the plums upright, moving from the outside into the middle until the entire form is filled with plums. Sprinkle the coconut sugar on top for additional caramelisation
- Put into the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick pick comes out clean. Immediately sprinkle with cinnamon when it comes out of the oven. Let cool down for ca. 15 minutes before taking out of the form. Enjoy this deliciousness!! u0026#x1f60a;