Local Apples

[donotprint] I love nothing more than making use of local ingredients…ok I love it even more when they’re free! Last week my Gran gave me a bag of local Bramley apple’s she’d picked up from a ladies garden that she works for (yes my Gran still works, 70 odd and going strong!)

Bramley apple’s are just ideal for cooking with. I don’t think my mum has ever made an apple pie with anything else. They stew down beautifully and make a fantastic quick apple sauce.

I decided it was about time I make something pumpkin less and decided upon some apple cake squares. But these were no ordinary apple cake squares…. I used a beautiful mix of amaranth flour and quinoa flakes both of which bestowed a wonderful natural nuttiness. Pair up with pecans, lightly cooked diced apple along with a applesauce based cake, sweetened with maple syrup…delicious and highly nutritious to boot!

These aren’t overly sweet, but they have a fantastic light texture, are packed full of flavour and you get the odd nugget of delicious pecan thrown in to the mix.

I’m a fan of my own work, what can I say! Officially time to stop by iHerb.com to stock up on Bob’s Red Mills Flours and a few nut butters (SunButter!) that I’m running low on!

I’m making an effort to buy more organic produce, paying attention to where the ingredients come from. It’s surprising how much food actually doesn’t cost a whole lot more, a few cent here and there, for the pesticide free version! Apples for one aren’t that much more expensive at all are one of the more important varieties of fruit to consider buying organic, especially if you eat a whole lot of them.

Perhaps it’s all in the mind but I definitely think these apples were more fragrant. As I blend up a couple to make the fresh apple sauce for the cake square the intense scent of apple permeated the kitchen. I love the tartness of Bramley apples, it brings back so many childhood memories; the majority of family get togethers and meals, more often than not involved my mum cooking up a couple of her apple pies! Smile

Are Bramley’s unique to Ireland and the UK or can you get them in other parts? Or is it just that they’re not well known? Your missing out people!

I’ve never really cooked with anything other than Bramley’s besides making apple chips with Gala’s and Granny Smith’s or roasting the latter up with pumpkin or squash.

These squares a delicious little quite healthy gluten free treat. They apple flavour brings memories, the amaranth and quinoa flour along with the pecans creates a new ones! [/donotprint]

Apple Quinoa Amaranth Cake Squares


Servings – 9 Squares

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes


  • 1.5 cups amaranth flour
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup diced Bramley apple
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup apple sauce (made from fresh Bramley’s)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp ground flax + 6 tbsp water
  • Maple syrup to glaze


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  2. Mix together flax and water and set to one side for 15 minutes until “eggy”.
  3. Meanwhile mix together amaranth flour, quinoa flakes, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together milk, apple sauce, vanilla extract and maple syrup.
  5. Place diced apple in a pot with a drop of water over a low heat and allow to stew for 5 minutes, until just starting to soften.
  6. Add flax eggs to wet mixture before adding to dry ingredients. Fold in diced apple and pecan nuts and place cake batter in to a non stick or lined 9 inch square cake tin.
  7. Bake in the preheated over for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before brushing maple syrup over the top.
  8. Slice in to nine generous squares. Delicious paired with a dollop of soy yoghurt, banana soft serve or your favourite nut butter!

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