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Apple Snack Cake

Servings 12 squares

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups apples peeled and small diced - separated
  • 4 Medjool dates pitted
  • 1 cup almond milk unsweetened (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or nut butter of choice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease or spray an 8x8 baking pan.
  • Add 1/2 cup apples, dates, milk, vanilla, almond butter, and eggs in a blender (or food processor.) Blend well.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, soda, and cinnamon. Mix. Add blender mixture to the dry bowl and mix just until combined. Mix in 1 cup chopped apples.
  • Spread evenly into greased 8x8 pan.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before cutting.

Notes

Other Thoughts:
  • I made this with peanut butter once. Not my favorite- loved almond butter a LOT more. But, if pb is all you've got? It's still worth it.
  • If you don't have a blender no problem, chop the dates as fine as possible and really stir them into the milk. Then, chop 1/2 cup of apples much finer.
  • Stores great in the refrigerator for days.
 
How-to-Use:
Athletes: Crumble over a heaping cup of greek yogurt. Top with chia seeds and maple syrup. And poof! You've got your full dose of recovery carbs, protein, and anti-inflammatory Omega 3's. I can feel your muscles thanking me already.
Healthy Eating: See above. Perfect balance - just adjust your portion to your activity level.
Kids: Use this for a quick breakfast with a side of blueberries and a scoop of whole milk yogurt.