Apple Walnut Cake

Apple Walnut Cake
Photo of Angelina R. Davis, EP, MS, Manager of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab., at UHC

Recommended by Angelina R. Davis, EP, MS, Manager of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab., at UHC

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Find the flavors and spices of autumn in this no-sugar-added dessert. Baking with applesauce helps keep the saturated fat out and the moistness in.


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup trans-fat-free tub margarine
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon stevia sweetener
  • 8 stevia sweetener packets
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole-grain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups chopped apples, such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut flakes, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 10-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray and lightly dust it with flour.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, in a medium bowl, beat the applesauce, margarine, and stevia sweetener until well blended. Add the eggs, beating after each one.
  3. In a large bowl, sift the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the applesauce mixture, beating on medium speed just until no flour is visible. Stir in the vanilla. Gently fold in the apples, walnuts, and cranberries. Pour the batter into the pan.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack. Let the cake cool completely. To help remove the cake from the pan, slide a butter knife along the outer edges of the pan and along the inner tube to release the cake.
  5. Invert the cake. Transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle with the coconut flakes.

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories: 200 per serving
  • Protein: 5g perserving
  • Fiber: 4g per serving
  • Fat: 10g per serving
  • Sodium: 182mg per serving
  • Carbohydrates: 25g per serving

Makes 16 servings

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