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  • Writer's pictureMarne Platt

Thanksgiving Dessert? Make this Easy, Tasty Gluten Free Apple-Chocolate Almond Cake

When company comes for dinner, the big question in my house is always “what’s for dessert?” Thanksgiving is no exception! Long before I created the Easy, Tasty Gluten Free cookbook, friends knew to expect something delicious and just a little bit decadent at the end of the meal, especially at Thanksgiving.

Over time I developed a portfolio of gluten-free desserts “good enough for company” (or for me). Now I’m adding to that list with a new recipe that fits the tastes and spirit of the holiday.

This Apple-Chocolate Almond Cake, modified from a recipe I found on, is easy, moist and delicious, and looks very impressive on your table. Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time you want something special for dessert!


240 grams finely ground almonds

100 grams rice flour

60 grams grated coconut

200 grams sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp each ginger and nutmeg

2 tsp grated orange zest

200 grams melted butter

4 eggs

2 T honey

1-2 crisp, mildly sour apples (I like Braeburns, Empires or Boskoops)

100 grams coarsely chopped dark chocolate (I like 80%)

Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F bake with the fan on.

Line the bottom and grease the sides of an 8” springform pan.

In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients. Add in the melted butter, eggs and honey and mix until well -blended. Pour half of the batter into the pan.

Halve and slice the apple into thin wedges and arrange half of them on the batter. Sprinkle with half of the chopped chocolate. Spoon the rest of the batter gently into the pan, and top with the rest of the apple and chocolate.

Bake for about 50 minutes, until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean. Cool before opening the pan spring.

Two layers of apple slices and chocolate chunks make every bite special. Doesn't this look amazing?

This easy, delicious, and 100% gluten free cake will be my gluten-free Thanksgiving dessert this year. Make it yours, too. Enjoy!

PS Check out this post for more Easy, Tasty Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipes - including my world-famous turkey!


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