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A slice of applesauce cake on a rustic plate.

Applesauce Snack Cake

Gluten-free Applesauce Snack Cake made with whole grain oat flour and almond flour and topped with a maple cream cheese frosting. Gluten-free and refined sugar-free. 
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 192kcal
Author Tessa



  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (60g) almond flour
  • ½ cup (51g) gluten-free oat flour
  • ½ cup (66g) coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • pinch of nutmeg

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese or dairy-free cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup more to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spraying and line with two pieces of parchment paper, one in each direction to create flaps. 
  • In a large bowl, combine applesauce, coconut oil, egg, and vanilla extract. Whisk until incorporated.
  • Add almond flour, oat flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Stir until batter is evenly combined. Transfer to prepared pan. 
  • Smooth batter into an even layer with a rubber spatula, shake gently from to help even. Bake for 28-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Place pan on a wire rack until cool. 
  • While the cake cools, clean out your bowl with soap and water (raw egg!) and combine frosting ingredients.  Using an electric mixer, beat until mixture is smooth and creamy. Add more maple syrup if you desire a sweeter frosting. 
  • Frost cake and sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 


Leave the cream cheese out at room temperature for a bit to make it easier to whip.
Make it dairy-free: Use dairy-free cream cheese.
Make it vegan: Replace the egg with 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water) and use dairy-free cream cheese.
Adapted from Chelsea's Messy Apron


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 212IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg