Apple Olive-Oil Cake 

This easy-to-make apple olive-oil cake is delicious and full of healthy ingredients. Be sure to use fresh cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil.  The freshness of the oil impacts the antioxidant strength and taste. Chickpea flour is high in protein, fiber and minerals. You can use pears when apples are out of season. This recipe is easy to make, especially when using a food processor to mix the wet ingredients. 

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup chickpea flour 
  • 2 cups semolina flour 
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Wet ingredients:

  • 3 large apples, cored and quartered 
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl, evenly combine dry ingredients. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the wet ingredients until apples are finely chopped. Do not over-process into an applesauce-we want texture from the chopped apples. Make a well in the dry ingredients and fold in the wet ingredients. Mix until evenly combined, but do not overmix. Coat an 8-inch round cake pan, with olive oil. Evenly spread batter into cake pan and bake for 45 minutes or until done. Serves 8.


  1. To make this cake gluten-free, use gluten-free almond flour. Though I must admit that it tastes much better with semolina flour. 
  2. This is a slightly sweet cake. If you like more sweetness, use ½ cup maple syrup.
  3. Serve with plain low-fat yogurt and fresh berries or pomegranate seeds. 
  4. You can use pears instead of apples or a mix of both. 
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving 
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g22%
Saturated Fat 2.6g13%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 108mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 36.9g13%
Dietary Fiber 4.8g17%
Total Sugars 19.1g 
Protein 7.5g 
Vitamin D 4mcg22%
Calcium 55mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
Potassium 392mg8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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