Apple Raisin Spice Cake

 

This moist and delicious Apple Raisin Spice Cake is a great fall favorite that will delight your senses even before you taste it. Savor the aromas as the spicy smells fill your home as it bakes.

This moist and delicious Apple Raisin Spice Cake is a great fall favorite that will delight your senses even before you taste it.

This recipe is an adaptation of a family favorite. My husband’s grandmother has made this every holiday for over 60 years, and everyone loves it. Through the years, I’ve adapted it for our family’s taste buds and preferences.

It started out with a full cup of vegetable oil. While this does make the cake extremely moist, it just seemed like a little much for me. We reduced the oil content by about 25% and changed it to coconut oil.

Then I also added the spices and the raisins. Before it was just basically an apple cake with lots of sugar. I felt like the raisins and spices made it more festive for fall and holiday parties.

It’s the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. It’s fruity without being chunky. I just love how all the flavors are comfortable together. It’s a real gem of a recipe to pull out for potlucks and even just dinner with friends.

Apple Raisin Spice Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup coconut oil (or any vegetable oil)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup golden raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Coat a bundt pan with butter or shortening. Sprinkle flour around the entire surface of the pan until it is well coated. Do not leave any spots uncoated or it will stick and your cake will break apart when you try to remove it.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar and oil. Blend on medium for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix, scrape the bowl, and then add another egg until they're all incorporated.
  5. Add the vanilla and mix just until combined.
  6. Add the flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking powder. Mix on low until combined. Scrape the bowl and make sure that there are no lumps before proceeding.
  7. Fold in the apples and raisins.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan.
  9. Place the bundt pan onto a small jelly roll pan to make it easier to remove from the oven later.
  10. Bake at 350° for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack.
  11. Run a butter knife along the outside edges of the pan to loosen the cake. Turn onto cooling rack and cool at least 15 minutes before serving warm. This cake can also be chilled and served cold.
  12. Wrap any leftovers tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

This moist and delicious Apple Raisin Spice Cake is a great fall favorite that will delight your senses even before you taste it.

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Paleo Banana Muffins

By contributing writer Tessa

These hearty Paleo Banana Muffins could also be called Elvis Muffins to celebrate the King of Soul’s favorite combination: bananas and peanut butter. But peanut butter is not paleo and with so many peanut allergies, it is banned in many schools. So any nut or seed butter will do in this recipe.

These hearty Paleo Banana Muffins could also be called Elvis Muffins to celebrate the King of Soul's favorite combination: bananas and peanut butter. And any nut or seed butter will work in this recipe.

 

Muffin Recipes

Healthy muffins like this can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or snack time. We have more muffins you might enjoy too:

Paleo Banana Muffins
Serves: 14
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup (280g) any nut or seed butter (I used sunflower seed butter)
  • 3 very ripe bananas (~300g) , peeled
  • ¼ cup (60g) coconut oil, palm shortening, or butter
  • ½ cup palm sugar or other granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (70g) cassava flour
  • ¼ cup (27g) coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder (use grain free brand for paleo)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and prepare a muffin tin.
  2. In a food processor or a powerful blender, process the nut butter, bananas, coconut oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, making sure there are no lumps.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until blended.
  5. Place the batter in the muffin pan about ⅔ of the way up.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 18 - 22 minutes until the tops are just set.
Notes
If you are using sunflower seed butter, you can add a splash of lemon juice
to avoid the greenish tint to your muffins!

 

These hearty Paleo Banana Muffins could also be called Elvis Muffins to celebrate the King of Soul's favorite combination: bananas and peanut butter. And any nut or seed butter will work in this recipe.These hearty Paleo Banana Muffins could also be called Elvis Muffins to celebrate the King of Soul's favorite combination: bananas and peanut butter. And any nut or seed butter will work in this recipe.

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Hidden Kale Smoothie

This easy Hidden Kale Smoothie requires only four ingredients. The banana and kiwi provide flavor and sweetness that keep the kale “hidden” and your kids happy. It’s a perfect way to get your kids to eat a leafy green vegetable they might otherwise turn their nose up at.

If you really don’t think your kids will go for kale, try using spinach instead. Or try one of the other smoothie recipes below.

This easy Hidden Kale Smoothie requires only 4 ingredients. The banana and kiwi provide flavor and sweetness that keep the kale "hidden" and your kids happy.

Hidden Kale Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 kiwi
  • ½ cup kale
  • 15 pieces of ice
Instructions
  1. Begin by chopping your fruit into small chunks.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix well or until all large chunks are blended.
  3. Pour into a glass and top with a kiwi slice if desired and enjoy!

More Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies are a great way for you and your kids to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Here are more smoothie recipes for you to try:

Paleo Peach SmoothieThis Peach Smoothie combines milk, peaches, and orange with “hidden” spaghetti squash and/or zucchini. It also includes cottage cheese for protein.

Paleo Chocolate Cherry SmoothieMilk, cherries, spinach, yogurt, and avocado are combined with cocoa and sweetened with date in this Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Back to School Power Smoothie - Dairy FreeHidden in this classic flavor combination – Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie – is pumpkin and avocado.

Very Blueberry SmoothieVery Blueberry Smoothie is simple and easy with banana, yogurt, milk, and blueberries.

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Iced Tea Floats

If you are looking for a fun drink to enjoy during these final days of summer, try iced tea floats! These floats are easy to make and you can have all the ingredients ready to go for a quick and refreshing drink.

If you are looking for a fun drink to enjoy during these final days of summer, try these quick and refreshing iced tea floats!

For a fun twist, serve in mason jars with circular lemon slices.

Iced Tea Floats
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups black tea
  • Ice to taste
  • 1 cup club soda
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Whipped cream to taste
  • Lemon slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill 4 glasses to the brim with ice.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to each glass.
  3. Pour ½ cup iced tea into each glass.
  4. Add ¼ cup club soda to each glass and stir.
  5. Top with whipped cream and garnish with lemon slices.

If you are looking for a fun drink to enjoy during these final days of summer, try these quick and refreshing iced tea floats!

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