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baked apple slices arranged in a spiral pattern on top of the batter

Vegan Buttermilk and Gluten-Free Apple Cake

How to make an apple cake vegan and gluten-free. We give you all the tips to make a vegan apple cake perfectly moist with simple everyday ingredients.
5 from 31 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Sweets
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian, Vegan
Servings 8 slices
Calories 331 kcal



  • 5 small sized apples 650g 1.4 lb or so, peeled and cubed
  • 1 lemon juice and zest, divide juice (2 tablespoons for the apples’ mix + 1 for the vegan buttermilk)
  • ½ teaspoon organic cinnamon powder



  • 2 chia eggs 2 tablespoons chia seeds + 6 tablespoons warm water
  • cup flaxseed oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons vegan buttermilk made with 5 tablespoons of plant milk (preferable soy milk + 1 tablespoon of lemon juice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 ºF (180 ºC). Lightly grease and flour a 9-inch pan.
  • Prepare the chia egg by adding 6 tablespoons of warm water to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, prepare the vegan buttermilk by adding one tablespoon of lemon juice to 5 tablespoons of plant milk (preferable soy). Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Peel, core, and cube the apples. Toss the apple cubes with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, the lemon zest, and the cinnamon powder. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sieve the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, and baking powder. Set aside.
  • Mix wet ingredients. To the buttermilk vegan bowl, add the chia eggs, vanilla, oil, and whisk until well combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mix and combine. Don't over mix (especially if using non-gluten-free flour). Once most of the flour is incorporated, fold in the apples.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared pan, sprinkle with extra brown sugar, and bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Enjoy at room temperature or cool.


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 119mgPotassium: 197mgFiber: 7gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 111IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 140mgIron: 2mg
Keyword apple cake, vegan apple cake, vegan apple cake recipe
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