Simply Healthy Family: Oatmeal Apple-Pecan Breakfast Cake


Oatmeal Apple-Pecan Breakfast Cake

This is going to be our new Christmas morning breakfast tradition, it's that good and that easy.
This apple-pecan breakfast cake was absolutely delicious and with zero added sugar! Toasting the oats and pecans really add a wonderful old-fashion home-made quality. The baked apples were sweet and perfect.

 My 5 year old comedian Jack said "This apple cake tastes just like heaven!" ;)

Toasted Whole Grain Oats ( We love Coach's Oats brand)
Can you see the difference between these whole grain oats and 'quick oats'?


You Will Need:

1 cup toasted pecans

2-3 granny smith apples, peeled and chopped

1 cup whole-wheat (whole grain) flour

1 cup oat flour + 1 TBSP for sprinkling on top (I toast Coach's Oats in oven and grind in food processor)

1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup flax meal
½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon  + 1 tsp for sprinkling on top

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup Earth Balance (or butter), melted

1/2 cup pure maple syrup + 1 tbsp

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

Toast oats and pecans (separately) in 400F oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven. Grind oats into flour using a mill or food processor.
Turn oven down to 350F. Peel and chop the apples. Grease a small casserole dish and then spread 1 tbsp of maple syrup on the bottom of dish. Now, spread a layer of chopped apples followed by a layer of pecans on the bottom of dish. Use just less than half of both the apples and pecans.
In a large bowl, mix the following dry ingredients (whole wheat pastry flour, Oat flour, baking powder, kosher salt, cinnamon).  In a small bowl mix the wet ingredients (applesauce, 1/2 cup maple syrup, vanilla, and 1/4 cup melted Earth Balance (or butter). Mix. If to dry, add a couple tablespoons of water.

Add the wet to the dry and mix well. Now spread on a layer of this batter over top of the apples and pecans. Use about half of the batter.

Now spread a layer of apples and pecans again, making sure to leave at least 2-3 tbsp of each for the top of the cake. Follow this by a final layer of the cake batter (use all of it up). Spread as evenly as possible.

Now sprinkle on the remaining apples and pecans. Mix a bit of oats with tsp of cinnamon and sprinkle all over top. Place in the oven for 55 mins at 350F. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

I'm sending this over to Hearth 'n Soul and also Bella Vita Blog Hop's!



  1. I totally see the difference, infact I have never seen that before at all! Cake looks fab, nice baking.

  2. We know the difference! Thanks for a fantastic may make my Christmas morning menu as well :)

  3. I loved hearing Jack's review...I'm sure this does taste just like heaven! I love finding recipes with no added sugar (especially ones that involve my favorite apple) This cake looks both delicious and nutritious (which is what I always find here, Gwen) Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you have a blessed Sunday!

  4. Gwen, this looks great! I'm not much of a breakfast kind of girl (I know, it's bad) but this healthy cake is totally something I could dive into in the morning. I'll take Jack's word for it--this must be like heaven! :-)

  5. I cant wait to make this...It looks so yummy:) Thanks, my dear and wish you a lovely MOnday

    Ps: I am hosting a beautiful home decor GIVEAWAY today, just in time for Christmas!

  6. Kids say it the best, don't they!? I think this sounds like a wonderful tradition...deeelicious :D So glad you shared it w/ the hearth and soul hop this week!

  7. I don't have pecans, but I bet I could use walnuts, for which I have tons! I love it when I have everything I need to make a dish! Happy holidays!

  8. This looks so delicious - how wonderful that it is healthy too!!

  9. I love your blog I found you on cookeatshare I have been looking for diabetic friendly recipes and healthy recipes .recently my brother was diagnoised with type 2 diabeties and I cook for him and my mother he is handicapped born with curveature of the spine and so our mother has always taken care of him and as she is getting older it is starting to get harder for her so I have been taking care of both of them I am so happy to have found your blog its going to help me a lot

  10. Mmm..this looks so delicious!


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