One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake

One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake is super moist and made with 100% whole grains and no refined sugar!  It’s packed with fresh blackberries, applesauce, and topped with pecans for the ultimate wholesome treat!

One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake is super moist and made with 100% whole grains and no refined sugar! It's packed with fresh blackberries, applesauce, and topped with pecans for the ultimate wholesome treat! @FlavortheMoment

Meet my latest obsession.  This One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake has been on repeat for the past month and a half at least and it’s not even close to getting old.  It’s amazing how a baked good can be so moist and delicious and still be good for you.  It’s nothing short of a miracle!

That’s a little dramatic, but I told you — I’m obsessed.

One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake is super moist and made with 100% whole grains and no refined sugar! It's packed with fresh blackberries, applesauce, and topped with pecans for the ultimate wholesome treat! @FlavortheMoment

The inspiration for this snack cake came from a couple of blogging friends of mine.  Ashley’s Trail Mix Applesauce Bread and Liren’s Applesauce Chia Muffins both inspired me to bake with applesauce for the first time in a long time.

I tried both recipes and loved them.  They both had a moist, fluffy texture, which was largely due to the applesauce.  I’ve been baking with it more ever since and it truly makes a difference.

This snack cake is something that you can enjoy all day long.  It’s great for breakfast with coffee.  It’s fabulous as a snack (as the name implies).  And dessert?  It’s perfect for that too.

One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake is super moist and made with 100% whole grains and no refined sugar! It's packed with fresh blackberries, applesauce, and topped with pecans for the ultimate wholesome treat! @FlavortheMoment

I don’t take the word “healthy” lightly, so for me to use it means a lot.  We all have our own definition of what healthy means to us, but here’s what it means to me:

  • 100% whole grains
  • Unrefined sugar
  • Low in fat
  • Fruits or veggies are incorporated
  • Good nutritional value

The last one on the list sums it all up.  Eating healthfully means fueling myself with food that’s high in nutrients and fiber and low in cholesterol and fat.

It also means using minimally processed food.  Let’s face it — the more our food is in it’s natural state the better it is for us.

One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake is super moist and made with 100% whole grains and no refined sugar! It's packed with fresh blackberries, applesauce, and topped with pecans for the ultimate wholesome treat! @FlavortheMoment

This One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake can’t be compared to a salad of course, but when you want a baked good to enjoy for breakfast, snack, or dessert, this is the way to do it!

Let’s break down what makes this snack cake so healthy — and special.

This snack cake fulfills my requirements for maximum nutrition with 100% whole grains.  I used a combination of whole wheat flour and oat flour, which is my new favorite combination.  Normally whole wheat flour results in a dense texture, but the oat flour lightened it considerably.

I used  coconut sugar, which is unrefined.  You could argue that sugar is sugar, but coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index and it’s in it’s natural state.  When you need to use sugar in your baking, it’s a great option.

One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake is super moist and made with 100% whole grains and no refined sugar! It's packed with fresh blackberries, applesauce, and topped with pecans for the ultimate wholesome treat! @FlavortheMoment

This snack cake is also low in fat with only 9 grams per serving, 5 of which come from the pecans.  This is where the applesauce helped us out.  It adds a substantial amount of moistness to the cake which minimizes the amount of oil that’s needed.

The applesauce also gave this cake a nutrition boost right along with the fresh blackberries.

The fact that this One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake can be made in one bowl makes it even more appealing to me.  It’s healthy, delicious, and there’s only one bowl to wash.  It really doesn’t get much better than this!

Recipe Notes:

  • To make your own oat flour, place rolled oats in a food processor and process until fine.
  • Be sure to use no sugar added applesauce to minimize the amount of sugar.
  • The coconut sugar may be substituted with granulated or brown sugar.
  • The coconut oil may be substituted with canola oil.
  • Store cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake is super moist and made with 100% whole grains and no refined sugar! It's packed with fresh blackberries, applesauce, and topped with pecans for the ultimate wholesome treat! @FlavortheMoment

Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake

One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake is super moist and made with 100% whole grains and no refined sugar!  It’s packed with fresh blackberries, applesauce, and topped with pecans for the ultimate wholesome treat!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup no sugar added applesauce
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill*
  • 1 cup chopped fresh blackberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, for topping (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 8×8″ square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place the eggs in a large bowl and beat lightly with a whisk.  Add the applesauce, coconut sugar, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk well to combine.
  3. Add the whole wheat and oat flours, stirring until almost combined.  Add the blackberries and fold gently until incorporated being careful not to over mix.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.  Top with the pecans if using and bake in the center rack of the oven for 30-40 minutes or until the top springs back when pressed with your finger, or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool on a wire rack and cut into squares.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • *To make your own oat flour, place rolled oats in a food processor and process until fine.
  • The coconut sugar may be substituted with granulated or brown sugar.
  • The coconut oil may be substituted with canola oil.
  • Store cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

 

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Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 207
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg
  • Sodium: 122mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Protein: 4g

One Bowl Healthy Blackberry Snack Cake is super moist and made with 100% whole grains and no refined sugar! It's packed with fresh blackberries, applesauce, and topped with pecans for the ultimate wholesome treat! @FlavortheMoment