Zucchini Apple Breakfast Cake with Cashew Glaze

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on February 21, 2011

Do you ever just wake up on a Sunday morning and want to bake to your little hearts content?

As a kid, my mom would bake something absolutely delicious every Sunday morning breakfast.

She’d make things like cinnamon buns, breakfast cakes [like this one], croissants and ham, or a wife saver [which I didn't like much, but you can't win em all, right?]

I woke up yesterday with a strong urge to whip up a warm breakfast that the two of us could enjoy.

I’d started experimenting with making my own cream cheese icing to replace the tofutti cream cheese I used for these, so I had extra sauce leftover for our breakfast.

With a huge bag of zucchini just sitting in the fridge [I cannot pass up a sale on zucchini] and a produce drawer dedicated to 4-5 different types of apples, yesterdays’ breakfast was an easy choice.

After baking Kevin and I played around with the camera a bit.

Our biggest challenge: we couldn’t decide where to put the fork.

His favorite was the bridge fork in the middle below.

My solution: grab fork, stab cake, dip cake in frosting, put in mouth. Mmmm. Best place for my fork.

Zucchini Apple Breakfast Cake with Cashew Glaze

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free

If you like zucchini muffins or apple pie, you’ll love this naturally sweetened breakfast cake. Enjoy with your family for a perfect breakfast on a Sunday morning, complete with a dairy free, soy free cream cheese icing!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely ground almond flour – I use JK Gourmet
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 flax eggs [2 tbsp freshly ground flax + 6 tbsp water]
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup apple juice, room temperature
  • 2 3 tbsp yacon syrup – alternatively you can use maple syrup, I chose yacon for it’s slight molasses taste and lower GI
  • 3/4 cup zucchini, grated – squeeze out the moisture over the sink
  • 1/4 cup apple, grated – leave the peel on! – squeeze out the moisture over the sink
  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried apple or diced apples

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9×9 cake pan with coconut oil. Alternatively you can use a 6 cup casserole dish.
  2. Prepare flax egg and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together almond flour, quinoa flakes, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  4. Place coconut oil, dates, apple juice, and yacon in a blender. Process until smooth and transfer to the bowl of  flour mix.
  5. Stir mixture until well combined, then fold in zucchini, grated apple, pecans and dried apples.
  6. Drop mixture into prepared pan, place on the middle rack of the oven and cook for 50-60 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes. Serve with almond milk and drizzle with cashew glaze.

Makes 1 layer cake, enough for 6-8 servings.

Cashew Glaze aka Soy Free, Vegan Cream Cheese Icing!

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free

Ditch the soy-full alternative cream cheeses out there and opt for a healthful version! This cream cheese icing will not disappoint. It’s perfectly sweet, creamy, and has just the right amount of bitter cream cheese taste you know and love.

Inspired by: Vegan Baking [they've since removed the post, but here's a link to their main page!]

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 4-6 hours
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp almond milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sucanat sugar, ground fine – I used a coffee grinder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-4 tbsp almond milk – depends on how thick or thin you want it. I used 4 tbsp to make it into a thin glaze.

Directions

  1. Line a 2 cup glass container with cheese cloth.
  2. Combine cashews, coconut oil, almond milk, vinegar, and lemon juice in a blender. Process until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into the container, cover and leave on the counter overnight.
  4. In the morning, stir in sugar, vanilla, and almond milk. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days or can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Makes 1.5 cups of icing.

Yum! Look at the apple pieces! So much better than a wife saver.

Even though times can get busy, and life will get in the way more often that not, I’m a firm believer in setting the intention to have a nice meal with the family at least once a week. Whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. As a kid, our family meal times were a way to reconnect and share, something Kevin and I have continued.

Your kitchen should be the heart of the home, and the dinner table a place of  warmth, comfort, and support. I can’t think of a better environment to healthfully digest food than in the comfort of those you love!

Do you and/or your family try to sit down to a family meal once in awhile?

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Fresh and Foodie

This looks great! I especially love the cashew glaze — what a unique idea. I definitely love baking on Sunday mornings along side a pot of freshly-brewed coffee. The best!

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Alex @ Healing Beauty

Wow, this recipe looks delicious! I cannot wait to try it!

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Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

oh my, this looks so healthy and scrumptious!! great idea :)! and the cashew glaze is awesome – i want to try that!

btw, congrats on top 9 :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks, Junia! The cashew glaze was fantastic. I’m so happy I’ve come up with an alternative to vegan soy cream cheese! I must have eaten have the batch of glaze yesterday. It’s really good on fruit too! [Heck, who am I kidding, it's good on everything!]

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

Hi Leanne! I found your blog via Foodbuzz (congrats!) and I really love it! I love the wholesome-ness of your recipes, and I think we think alike food-wise. I really like how your recipes are low-sugar, so I can work with them easily for my diet. I have actually been wanting to make a zuchinni apple bake, and this looks perfect-and its grain-free!!! Yay! Can’t wait to make it :)

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Heather @Gluten-Free Cat

I’m coming over next Sunday. :)

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Gina

Oh my goodness! This looks crazy delicious! I’m sitting here debating what to eat for a snack and I’m wishing I had some of this ;)

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Cara @ ChicMeetsHealthy

Wow that looks so delicious! I have been reading a lot of recipes lately that refer to flax seed eggs, are they only used in baking?!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’ve tried flax eggs in a couple of meat loafs and burgers, it works relatively well. I can tell the difference, they are a bit more crumbly. But flax eggs in baking is like the real thing and they add extra fiber to a baked good [which we could all use more of anyways]. It’s all preference really, there’s nothing wrong with eggs, I just like to enjoy them hard boiled over hidden in a recipe.

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Steph@stephsbitebybite

This sounds sooo yummy!! And your photos have definitely got my mouth watering!!

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Jeanette

Yum, this looks amazing. I’ll have to try the cashew cream frosting and I love the natural sweetness of this cake.

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sasha

This looks yummy. I really like the idea of the cashew glaze and giving up the soy. I was on soy for a bit in my green tea lattes…but it is good to switch. You are so correct on that one. Looks great. To answer your question we have gotten away from the family meal time and really need to get back to it.

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Kankana

the cashew glaze ! never knew that can be done.. awsm recipe dear.. awsm!

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Melissa@Eyes Bigger

That glaze sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it!

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Crystal E

This sounds so amazingly delicious… I am going to have to try making this on an upcoming Sunday! Cashew glaze sounds interesting too… yum yum!!

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

Yum, yum, and yum! Your pictures are beautiful!! :)

Family meals are so important to me–it’s a great time to catch up, laugh, and enjoy each others company! Since I don’t live with my parents or siblings anymore, I always look forward to our shared dinners! :)

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Sara @CaffeIna

The cake looks simply perfect for a Sunday morning breakfast but I have to admit, what intrigued me more is the cashew glaze. Of all the sorts of nuts, walnuts, pecan, almonds etc cashew are my favorite but I never thought of making a glaze out of them! Mouthwatering pictures!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

Those pictures are fabulous! Not to mention the bake looks amazing as well. We always sit down to dinner together. I’m not a person who likes to eat breakfast with others (read: cranky in the morning but wide awake) so the Husband knows to steer clear of me then.

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kate@ahealthypassion

yum this looks fabulous, especially the glaze!

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies)

not even joking.. this looks and SOUNDS so good.. esp the cashew glaze!!!!!!!

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irena

Love it, looks so yummy…. fantastic glaze:)

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marla

Awesome idea fro a breakfast cake Leanne, linking back to this today :)

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Loula

Hey there,
just like most other recipes on your blog, this looks and sounds soooo great! I used it as a guideline for a healthy and delish zucchini bread and it worked out so wonderfully! I used oat flour and oat flakes in place of the almond and quinoa and of course had to add some deep dark chocolate. In place of the nuts I used sunflower seeds and all in all I can say that this was one of the very best quickbreads Ive ever made (and I bake quite a lot). So, THANK YOU for sharing! :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Loula – I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the cake. Thanks for sharing the changes that you made to it. I love the idea of using sunflower seeds, I’ll have to give that a go next time.

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chris

Do you have the nutrition profile for just the cream cheese? Can you make it without the sugar?

Thanks!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

No I do not, but I use about.com for the nutrient profiles. I bet you could use stevia instead of sugar.

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Vienna

How many dates does the recipe call for?

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

It calls for 4 :)

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