Paleo Apple & Walnut Slice
WARNING!! This slice is addictive and may cause a tendency to want to eat the whole thing
Last week I went around to my good friend Jenni’s place to visit with her and her gorgeous little baby boy Ethen and while chatting over a glass of red, we got to talking about different things we’d been baking and got onto the topic of banana flour. I expressed the joy I’d experienced when making pancakes with it and she told me about this amazing apple slice from the Natural Evolution website. It sounded so good I just knew I had to try it!
Sunday nights at our house usually involve some kind of food prep and experimentation and I usually make flax crackers and activated nuts. Last night after getting the flax crackers and nuts into the dehydrator I stewed up 6 green apples in preparation for today’s slice. I could’ve made this last night but honestly, there’s nothing better than freshly baked goodies in the morning, don’t ya reckon?
This morning I went over to their website (Natural Evolution) and away I went to recreate their paleo apple slice. I was excited because I’ve used their banana flour in pancakes before and it worked well. What did make me nervous though was the fact that I’d altered the recipe (only slightly) by adding more apple than suggested, some baking powder and slightly different spices.
I followed the instructions on the website but when I checked my slice it wasn’t quite there yet and I put this down to the extra apples. So you will notice that my recipe calls for more cooking time but just trust me on this one.
So without any further ado, here she is (not sure why we refer to things as female but I’ll roll with that)
- 1 organic egg
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (that’s not liquid)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Good pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of mixed/all spice
- 1/2 cup coconut/rapadura sugar
- 3/4 banana flour
- 1 tsp aluminium-free baking powder
- 6 organic green apples (stewed)
- 1/2 cup activated* walnuts
*activated is optional but much better if you can get your hands on them. They are super easy to do yourself too, you just soak them for 6-8 hours and then dry (dehydrate) them in your oven overnight on 55 degrees celsius.
- If you’re activating your nuts go ahead and do that according to instructions above or you can Dr Google it
- Peel and quarter your apples and add them to a pan of boiling water (medium heat) and stew for 5 mins.
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius and line your favourite loaf/slice tin with baking paper
- In the meantime, add the dry ingredients to a large bowl
- In a separate bowl add the egg, the coconut oil and your chosen sugar. Beat this with a whisk or blender until creamy
- Add this wet mix to the dry and combine well
- Once the apples are soft, let them cool down (I actually like to do this step the night before and cool them in the fridge overnight)
- Add about 3/4’s of the stewed, cooled apples to the mix and using clean hands combine well (this is the fun part where you feel like a kid again) I like to do this so I don’t disturb the walnuts because there’s nothing better than biting in to the finished product and getting a nice big piece of nut! Yum.
- Pour this deliciousness into your lined tin and pop her in the oven for 50-60 mins
- When your timer goes off make sure to check it with a fork or skewer and if the utensil comes out clean then your slice is ready.
- If it’s ready then pop it onto a wire rack to cool and once it has slightly cooled you can turn it onto a plate and away you go!
A big thanks to Natural Evolution for the original recipe and also for providing us with such wonderful alternative ingredients! I’m excited to see what else I can create with this yummy banana flour
I hope you get to try this banana flour out and head over to their website to grab yours today and for more of their awesome recipes.