Are they nut cakes or are they apple cakes? Either way, these sugar-free apple cakes with loads of nuts are delicious and not complicated to make!

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Apple cakes with nuts and oatmeal

The first version of these apple cakes was a bit on the dry side. Tasty but also missing a bit of sweetness. After all, you want to taste something sweet when you eat an apple cake. Even though this one is sugar free.

The sweetness here comes from the apple, banana and two tablespoons of erythritol. It was my first time baking something with this. I haven’t yet figured out the exact ratio compared to regular sugar but will definitely be doing more with it so to be continued.

The dough

To make the apple cakes you don’t need much. A pan to melt the butter, a bowl to mix the rest and a scale. The cakes themselves are baked on a baking sheet.

To make the dough you weigh out the ingredients and easily mix them all in a bowl. It’s quite sticky so you won’t get really very smooth cakes from it but that makes them extra rustic. I simply melted the butter and whisked in the eggs.

Ingredients for the apple cakes

From the dough you make about 8 not too small cakes. Of course, you can also make smaller apple cakes. Just take into account a shorter baking time.

What is erythritol?

Erythritol is a sweetener found naturally in fruits and fermented foods. It is a sugar alcohol and contains no calories and has no effect on blood sugar. This makes it an ideal replacement for ordinary table sugar. It is naturally white, so there is no further processing involved.

Erythritol is just a little less sweet than ordinary table sugar. So if you use it in a recipe to replace granulated sugar, you will need just a little more. I didn’t use a whole lot in this recipe, so the cookies are not overly sweet. Feel free to add a little extra.

You can buy Erythritol in online stores or find it under another name in the supermarket. There are some brands that market it but call it by a different name. Just check on the shelf with the sugar substitutes and then look for 100% erythritol. I buy it online myself. I find that the easiest.

However, if you compare it to the price for a kilo of sugar, you do notice that erythritol is significantly more expensive. For a kilo you quickly pay something like € 14.50. Compared to about € 1.50 for a kilo of sugar. So it is expensive but if you don’t use it much it is a good option as a sugar substitute. I will definitely be making something more with erythritol soon. It is an interesting substance.

By the way, you can also substitute it for honey or regular sugar in these cookies. Omitting it is also an option but then you really miss some flavor. We tried it without any sugar or sweetener in version 1 of the apple cakes. I was not impressed with it. This new version is much tastier.

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Shapes of the cakes

As already mentioned, it’s a pretty sticky dough. If you want to be able to shape it a little easier, you can rub your hands with some olive oil. Then it won’t stick to your hands as much. I didn’t really make them very thin. They should be nice and firm. And somewhat rustic looking.

Bake in the oven at 180˚C for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and done.

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Apple cakes with nuts

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Delicious sugar-free apple cakes with yummy nuts and raisins
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Prep time 15 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes
Total time 35 minutes

8 cookies


  • 125 grams flour
  • 75 grams oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp erythritol
  • Pinch salt
  • 100 grams apple grated
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 50 grams butter melted
  • 2 eggs beaten loose
  • 75 grams unsalted mixed nuts
  • 40 grams raisins
  • 1 lemon zest

  • Heat the oven to 180°C.
  • Take a large bowl and add the flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, erythritol and cinnamon and mix to a smooth dough.
  • Drain the apple well in a colander and squeeze out the moisture. Chop the nuts. Try not to make this too coarse. Mash the banana.
  • Mix the apple rind, banana puree, lemon zest, raisins and nuts into the dough.
  • Line a baking sheet with baking paper and form 8 cookies on it.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 234IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist