Healthy Vegan Apple Cake Whole Wheat No-Oil WFPB

This is a yummy, healthy and satisfying plant-based vegan dessert.  Or maybe you would eat it as an after school snack for kids, bedtime snack for yourself, or mid-day treat. Whatever you prefer, so many options!

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Looking for healthy vegan recipe ideas to make with apples?  This one is quite tasty.

To make a moist apple cake recipe that is whole-foods plant-based, this recipe uses dried coconut, soaked in water,  instead of oil.

This substitution is a healthier delivery package – a small amount of whole coconut – complete with fiber and other phytonutrients, plus a nice mild flavour. Instead of a traditional apple cake recipe that uses oil.

Another tasty vegan apple recipe idea:

Apple Crumble


What Kind of Apples to Use in a Healthy Apple Cake?

Whatever you have on hand should work really.  I mixed crab apples from our tree, plus some gala from the store.   I didn’t bother to peel them, because the food processor makes nice small pieces.

Each type of apple will taste a little different, but still sweet.  

You can taste the wet ingredients mixture, to be sure you like the flavour, and sweetness. 

If you bake with apples often enough, you might learn to adjust the sugar content lower, or higher, when you know the apples are sweeter or more tart.

Whole Wheat Flour Cakes and Baking

We are loving my baking with whole wheat, it is such a satisfying snack.

Maybe it’s the extra fiber, or nutrients, but we feel so good after eating this cake.

Whole wheat does make the cake more dense, but also more filling, without that blood sugar spike and fall you get from white flour.

 Whole Foods Compared to Traditional Desserts = Better Gut Health

A quick mention here about a book that made it so I can eat this cake happily.

The advice in this book about gradually exercising your gut, by eating a little bit more of a diverse range of plants, especially whole grains like whole wheat is just spot on. Rather than avoiding them.

I’ve realized my IBS goes away when I eat a little bit of the food that is bothering me for a few days in a row.  

This book explains why, based on your microbiome changing to be able to digest what you eat.  

Eliminating foods is actually the opposite of what we should do.

Following the advice in this book, has really made my IBS go away

It’s been an amazing read for me.

My digestive system has never felt better.  

Now I can eat apples and wheat together in one lovely cake.

If you ever struggle with bloating or reactions to some plant foods (like apples, or wheat) or if you know someone who does, this book may solve that problem for you and them!

So I thought I would share. 🙂 

Whole Wheat Vegan Apple Cake No-Oil

Healthy Vegan Whole Wheat Apple Cake - Oil Free

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Vegan, Whole Foods
Keyword: apples, eggless cake, healthy vegan apple recipe, oil free cake, vegan birthday cake, wfpb cake, wfpb dessert, whole wheat baking, whole wheat vegan cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 20 pieces
Calories: 230 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Makes one 9” x 13" rectangle apple cake.


First, Mix the Following Dry Ingredients in a Large Bowl

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour Or half whole wheat and white.
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda Ensure is well mixed throughout the dry ingredients.
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tsp cinnamon Or try half cinnamon, and half eggnog spices like nutmeg, ground cloves.
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Second, food processor the following on high, until smooth, to aerate

  • 1/3 cup dried coconut Soaked in water: microwave for 30 seconds with 1/3 cup water, and let sit a few minutes, then add to the food processor.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups apples chopped, peel on is ok (these will become applesauce and be a sweetener. Keeping this cake lower sugar.
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp ground flax Whisked with 6 tbsp of water, then let sit for a few minutes, to make 4 flax "eggs"

Third, add and process nuts and apple pieces on medium speed, just until diced into small pieces

  • 1 3/4 cups pecans Or walnuts.
  • 6 cups apples Cored and in pieces. You can use an apple slicer, then add the slices to the food processor. Peel on is ok, if your apples are washed and organic.

Fouth, pour and mix wet ingredients into the dry

Fifth, spoon batter into cake pan

Sixth, bake at 350 for 40 minutes

Optional Vegan Applesauce Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


More Detailed Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C)

  2. Place wax or parchment paper on bottom of 9x13 glass cake pan, to avoid problems getting the cake out later. Lightly spray paper and sides with oil.

Mix Dry Ingredients Together in Large Bowl

  1. In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt.

Mix at High Speed in Food Processor until Smooth - for about a minute to aerate.

  1. Soaked coconut

  2. Sugar

  3. vanilla

  4. Soaked flaxmeal / ground flax

  5. 1 1/2 cups apple pieces (applesauce as sweetener)

Then Add the Following to the Food Processor and Chop on Medium, Until Nuts and Apples are all in Small Pieces:

  1. Nuts

  2. Remaining cups of apple pieces / slices

Mix Wet into Dry

  1. Stir with a spatula in the large bowl, to get the wet and dry well mixed.

    The dough will be very thick, but don't worry, because the apples will create juices when they bake.

Spoon vegan batter evenly into a rectangular cake pan

  1. To make the cake easier to get out, first line the pan with parchment paper, wax paper, or aluminum foil and then spray lightly with oil.

  2. Smooth the batter flat with your spoon. It should be thick, not runny, but all the flour should be mixed in.

Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

  1. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven. Check center is cooked, by waiting until a toothpick comes out clean.

  2. Remove from oven, cool in the dish for at least 10 minutes. Pop the cake out, and continue cooling on a wire rack or towel.

  3. Turn right side up before optionally frosting the top.

Optional Vegan Applesauce Glaze

  1. While cake is cooling upside down, make the frosting by blending the apple pieces in the food processor to make an applesauce.

  2. Drizzle over a piece just before serving.

    So the glaze doesn't seep into the cake, making it too soggy.

Recipe Notes

Sweetness: To make the cake sweeter, without adding sugar, consider adding 1/2 cup water to the wet mix, then stir1/2 cup raisins in when you add the wet to the dry.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Vegan Whole Wheat Apple Cake - Oil Free
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 228mg10%
Potassium 214mg6%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 34IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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