Apple And Fig Cake (No Gluten No Dairy No Sugar)

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Delicious apple and fig cake

Delicious apple and fig cake

Every week I tell myself to write more blog posts but then every week I continue to play a lot and don’t end up writing. By the end of each week, I feel guilty but tell myself that I’m very happy to have written at least one post a week rather than none…..*big grin*.

6 months have passed since my Achilles tendon rupture….long journey! But really glad that my physiotherapist has finally given full approval for me to get back to full badminton………wheeeeee!….*BIG smiles*. However I am still very careful with my running. But well, here I am, back to 4 times badminton a week……..yipppeeee.

I was at my dentist yesterday and he asked me how’s my leg and whether I am back to my badminton…..how sweet! I said, ‘Of course!’ And he said, ‘You are mad!’ and laughed to which I replied, ‘I think I am!’…..haha

Learning tennis (2nd lesson)

Learning tennis (2nd lesson)

Oh wait, I have even started tennis! That I didn’t tell my dentist. He would be more shocked and probably go speechless. Or maybe even knock my head…haha. Thank God I’m not his daughter otherwise the house will be a battle field everyday….haha. I had just had 2 times tennis and absolutely love it. It’s so different from badminton. It’ really not easy but I know I will get there.

Almost everyday I’m talking to my husband about tennis. My excitement is slowly winning him over……*big grin*. He has verbally agreed to join me for tennis when Spring comes. It’s too cold now. Even during my second tennis lesson, I had to wear a few layers to keep warm. Forget about tennis skirts….haha. And even before I’m good in tennis, I’m already talking to him about learning table tennis or ping pong! Poor man, no wonder he often says I give him stress…..haha. But then I do make his life more exciting! At least he comes home from work very excited and happy because the best part of the day is playing badminton. It actually gives him little time left to annoy me….*BIG grin*. I think all our badminton friends are more excited going for badminton than going to work….haha.

Beautiful winter scene

Beautiful winter scene

It’s snowing quite heavily today, so it’s a good time to stay in and write a blog post. You really should thank me for the snow…haha. Otherwise I will be out playing somewhere again! I love the winter scene…..so white and beautiful. Just the beauty of staying up north here in Scotland. See, I have learned to stop complaining about the cold…hehe. Actually playing a lot of badminton has greatly helped me in fighting the freezing cold. Oh, how I hate the cold when I first came to Scotland! But I don’t feel as cold and tired these days. Exercise helps blood circulation and also raises body metabolism.

I have a lovely apple and fig cake to share with you. It’s gluten free, dairy free and sugar free….wow! How do you like that? This is one that’s perfect for those with health needs especially those who are celiac and also diabetic. It’s also very beneficial to those who want to lose weight or maybe just want to eat healthier. Very often a change in diet is all you need to see your health improve. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to see the doctor.

This cake is my own creation in trying to experiment with the NuStevia and Tagatose that I received from NuNatural. Please read more about the NuStevia and Tagatose in my post, NuStevia Giveaway - Natural Sweetener For Better Health. I must say this is one of the best products that I had received as I am much into healthy eating and healthy living, while trying to share with friends and readers to do the same. Prevention is better than cure, so goes the saying.

Here’s my easy Apple and Fig Cake recipe:

Ingredients A
4 eggs
3/4C tagatose
3 packets NuStevia
1/2C olive oil
200g almond flour

Egg and almond mixture

Egg and almond mixture

Put all of Ingredients A into a mixing bowl and whisk until combined.

Ingredients B
3 apples (peeled, cored and chopped)
1C dried figs (chopped)
2t cinnamon

All mixed and ready to be baked

All mixed and ready to be baked

Add in all of Ingredients B to the egg mixture above. Mix well. Pour into a shallow tin lined with baking paper.

Well baked.

Well baked.

Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. If you use a deep tin, then it’s going to take much longer. I like low tin because it takes much shorter time to bake. On top of that, whatever fruits that I add don’t have much room to sink further.

Moist and delicious apple and fig cake

Moist and delicious apple and fig cake

Cool and cut to serve. As for me, I can never wait to let it cool down before cutting. I’m sure I’m not the only one! I just have to spoil a corner…..just a corner, to have a look at the texture and also to taste….*big grin*. It’s moist and delicious with some bite into it because of the almonds. The apples and figs give it a natural sweetness which is very nice.

You can add, maybe 1/4C of tapioca flour, to the almond flour if you like. Also, if you want a finer texture, use very finely ground almonds. The one that I bought is a little rough as you can see in the picture. I don’t mind though. You can also add prunes or raisins instead of figs.

Recently I been adding dried figs into most of my baking because figs is very good for health. It’s one prime fruit that was mentioned since Bible times. Dried figs is full of concentrated minerals and vitamins, high in anti-oxidant and fibre. I love both the fresh ones and the dried ones.

Right, I’m going to head out into the snow to enjoy more snow scenes and do some shopping. But I need hot soup first. Then scrap the car and shovel the drive way……*sigh*. Sorry, I don’t see that as fun….sheer hard work!  Well, just count it as good exercise and keep smiling!

Til then, see you in my next post. Hope you enjoy your day!

Other healthy cakes that you may be interested in:
No Gluten No Dairy No Sugar Chocolate Cake
Healthy, Moist, Simple And Easy Carrot Cake
Healthy Chocolate Beetroot Cake (Dairy Free)
White Chocolate Beetroot Cake
No Dairy Strawberry Cupcakes And Strawberry Love
Raspberry Almond Cupcakes
Super Easy No Dairy Nectarine Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Blueberry Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Chocolate Banana Cake

Quote of the day……

“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”

- Anthony Robbins

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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15 Comments

Katerina  on December 5th, 2012

Coming from a country with a mild weather most of the year I can understand why you complain about the cold. The cake you made is perfect for such snowy days!

Priya  on December 5th, 2012

Here the weather is too chilled too, i do share the same complaint too.

Cake looks prefect for me, love to enjoy without any guilt.

Sharon  on December 5th, 2012

YUMMY!!! And so healthy too!

Mary  on December 5th, 2012

@Katerina - Thanks very much, Katerina! :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! We sure need lots of good food :D

@Sharon - Yes, you got to try this. You can enjoy without guilt :D

Belinda @zomppa  on December 5th, 2012

So great that you’re back on your feet! No gluten or sugar? Impressive!

somewhere in singapore  on December 5th, 2012

Too bad Singapore no snow :(

Blackswan  on December 5th, 2012

Mary, u’re too energetic, I can’t catch up with u! Hahaha! I don’t like my desserts to be too sweet, so your cake seems a perfect fit for me.

Mary, come & join Luxury Haven Celebrates 1,000 Facebook Fans With Peter Thomas Roth Giveaways! See u there & good luck!

claire  on December 6th, 2012

hey Mary, I thought the lady holding the tennis racket is your daughter! Wow..you look like a teenager..
About the badminton, I am also back at it but once a blue moon, not weekly though.. but definitely not as good as those days already.. now i play like a softie..hahaha.. do take care, Mary.. our shoulders can be pretty fragile.. :)

Mich - Piece of Cake  on December 6th, 2012

This cake looks delicious and moist. Love that photo of the winter scene, how gorgeous. Enjoy your tennis sessions, Mary!

Corina  on December 6th, 2012

It looks gorgeous and moist. I’m always having to tell myself I need to do more blogging as well.

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on December 6th, 2012

The cake looks super moist. I love figs. You look pretty cool with tennis racket in hand ;-))

Mistletoe  on December 8th, 2012

I wants!! I wants now!! Love figs!! What is tagatose, and can I omit it? I’m sure I don’t have it and lazy to look for it. Haha. This is another recipe that’ll have to wait a while. The apples might be too hard for me now.
Wow! Looks like you guys are getting a lot of snow too. I wanted to go out to take some snow photos today but got too lazy. It was cold. Haha. The trees were beautiful all frosted in white. Stay warm and careful with your leg! Btw, I’ll shovel for you any day. Pleases the OCD in me. Lol.

TasteofBeirut  on December 10th, 2012

Hi Mary,
You look great (and so young and perky!) holding a tennis racket; I would never have guessed that you make all these fabulous cakes and even eat them! Love this one because we have apple and fig trees in our orchard and this could be such a delicious way to use them up.

lena  on December 10th, 2012

haha! mary i think you are just like a chicken out from the cage! running everywhere to do this and that! Glad to hear that everything’s okay now and you’re taking up another form of exercise too. woah, i love that snow picture, so white i hope i can get to see the real scene someday!

Mary  on December 15th, 2012

@Belinda @zomppa - Yes, no gluten and no sugar. I’m even surprised myself :D

@somewhere in singapore - You need to come here for the snow :D

@Blackswan - Come, and I will take you along to all my games and soon you can catch up….hehe :D Thanks very much for the giveaway. I had joined. Hope luck comes my way again.

@claire - Awwww….thanks for your compliments. Just don’t look closer otherwise you’ll see all the wrinkles :P Hope you’ll keep up with your badminton regularly so that we can still play when we get old….hehe.

@Mich - Piece of Cake - Thanks very much, Mich! :D

@Corina - Thanks very much, Corina! Yes, blogging takes up quite a bit of time. These days I blog when I have the time and refuse to let myself feel the pressure of having to blog. In this way, I can go for the long haul :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much for your lovely compliment :D Wish I can play very well already!

@Mistletoe - Yes, you can omit the tagatose and stevia with 1C of sugar. Actually the apple become soft after baking. Hope you have fully recovered and can eat now. Oh, I have to be very thankful that it’s not as cold here as your place. If it is, I think I will stay indoors the whole day, everyday….haha :D

@TasteofBeirut - Awww…..thanks very much for your compliments! I wish I can play as well as I look….haha. My gosh….you have apple and fig trees in your orchard? You are very lucky! Now I wish I have that! I will bake everyday. Maybe even open a healthy cake shop then…haha :D

@lena - Haha….what a description! I do sound like one….haha. I seem to be busy everyday enjoying myself :D Come during winter and most likely you can get to see the snow and play with it.

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