Simply Healthy Family: Healthy Cinnamon Apple Pumpkin Cakes #PumpkinWeek


Healthy Cinnamon Apple Pumpkin Cakes #PumpkinWeek

Who says healthy has to be boring? Not me, that's for sure! These cute little pumpkin-apple cakes are perfect for enjoying with a cup of coffee for breakfast or tea for a healthy afternoon snack. Can't you just see yourself wrapped up in your favorite plaid wrap, sitting on the porch picking at one (or two) of these little cakes in the cool, crisp Autumn weather?

We have really started off the Fall season with a BANG!  Two days before school was supposed to start our 9 year old broke his thumb while wrestling with the dog. Ooops.  Then a few days ago he decided to play tether ball despite my warnings and after only having his cast of for 1 day. Boys. The tether ball hit his still crooked thumb (shocker) and as he went to ask the teacher on recess duty if he could go to the nurse he passed out cold. Luckily she caught him before he hit the ground.

This is the call I got from the school nurse.

"Hi, this is the school nurse at _________. Your son passed out on the playground and is in my office unresponsive. The paramedics are on the way."

Me:  "What? Which son? Is he ok? What happened?" and to myself "Could you pretend to be a little concerned?!"

Her:  "We're not sure. The paramedics are on the way."

Me, not knowing if my son is alive or not gets in the car and drives the 7 blocks to the school. A whole lot of crazy can go through a mom's mind in a 7 block drive let me tell you!

When I got there, 3 teachers were attempting to keep him in a sitting position in a wheel chair and he was the most unnatural color of grey, lips and all. I've worked in a hospital for 20 years, I don't like that shade of grey. He was still unresponsive at that point but the teacher on recess duty told me about the tether ball incident. The fire fighters walked in behind me and started to do their thing. Gradually, he became more responsive and gained a tiny bit of color in his face. 

Long story short, after a trip to the Emergency Room and a few tests to rule out cardiac issues he was released with a diagnosis of  "Vasovagal syncope" which basically means your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. The vasovagal syncope trigger causes a sudden drop in your heart rate and blood pressure. That leads to reduced blood flow to your brain, which results in a brief loss of consciousness.

A follow up with the pediatrician the next day confirmed that it was probably a combination of dehydration, shock from hitting his thumb and the fact that he happens to have a somewhat anxious personality and is likely more susceptible to having this vasovagal response to stress. 

All is well that ends well and the moral of the story is, "Mommy needs her glass of wine at night for therapeutic purposes and buys expensive wrinkle cream to hide the crazy."



Wet Ingredients

1½ cups pure pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 egg whites
1/3 cup Black strap Molasses
1 tsp real vanilla extract (not imitation)

Dry Ingredients

2½ cups spelt flour
1/2 cup *arrowroot powder
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground allspice
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground ginger
{If you don't have all of these spices you can use pumpkin pie spice mix}
*2 apples, cut into small cubes

Putting it All Together

Preheat your oven to 375F and coat your individual/mini Bundt pans or a 9" Bundt pan with coconut oil.

In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, add all of the wet ingredients and mix until well combined.

Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir until just combined then fold in the diced apples.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until top looks nice and golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool for a few minutes on a wire rack.

Notes and Tips

#PumpkinWeek is here again and we can't be more excited. Hosted by Terri from Love and Confections, 19 Bloggers will be sharing 65 pumpkin-filled recipes over the course of the week. Be sure to come back every day to see all the delicious creations - from muffins to cakes, cocktails, breakfast baked goods, savory pastas and stews, and gluten-free recipes too. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections' #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

#PumpkinWeek Day 1 Recipes:

Browned Butter Salty Pumpkin Sugar Cookies from The Spiffy Cookie.

Caramel Pumpkin Cake from Feeding Big and more.

Easy Pumpkin Donuts with Vanilla Cream Sauce from {i love} my disorganized life.

Gooey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks.

Healthy Cinnamon-Apple Pumpkin Muffins from Simply Healthy Family

Homemade Pumpkin and Sage Pasta from Kudos Kitchen by Renee.

Pumpkin Cannoli from The Redhead Baker.

Pumpkin Chai Baked Donut from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars from That Skinny Chick Can Bake.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Flourless Chocolate Cake Roll from Cupcakes & Kale Chips.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Whoopie Pies from Dizzy Busy and Hungry.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Gluten Free Crumbley.

Pumpkin Monkey Bread from Making Miracles.

Pumpkin Muffins from My Catholic Kitchen.

Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Crumby Cupcake.

Pumpkin Snack Cake from Recipes Food and Cooking.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm.

Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Butter from Love and Confections.

Spiced Pumpkin-Bourbon Fizz from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.



  1. Oh my goodness! I would have been going crazy, too if I had gotten that call! So glad he's OK! He totally deserves TWO of these cakes. And I'll just g ahead and take the rest. They look amazing!

    1. I totally do right?? And you can help yourself ;)

  2. Haha I like your concluding moral of the story. Glad he is alright though!

  3. Whew. I am SO glad your son is OK. So scary for you both.
    Your mini cakes look terrific! You deserve one with your wine therapy tonight. Wish I could join you! xo

  4. Whew. I am SO glad your son is OK. So scary for you both.
    Your mini cakes look terrific! You deserve one with your wine therapy tonight. Wish I could join you! xo

    1. Wishing you could too Liz!

  5. Oh my goodness. I was a fainter as a child. Whenever I would get hurt I would pass out. I outgrew it thank God, but I know that it gave my parents a few more gray hairs. I love these adorable mini cakes and the fact that you can feel good about serving them.

    1. Thank you Wendy!! oxox

  6. What a great recipe and looks super tasty. glad all is well.

  7. Its really healthy,.Thanks for sharing this.

  8. Oh my goodness - what a start to the school year!! I would probably eat all the pumpkin cakes and drink all the wine if I were you :)

    1. Great minds think alike!!

  9. Good grief, what a scary experience! I'm so glad he's OK!

  10. I could not even imagine - hopefully al is well now, and YES wine is a mommy's lifesaver

  11. I'm so happy he is okay, love this time of year for all these fall flavors!

  12. These are so seasonal and festive! Now I'm officially excited about fall cooking - thanks!

  13. What a traumatizing event! Glad everything was okay (boys being boys!) I can see why you need that glass of wine :) I personally would be happy with these cakes and pumpkin week sounds like a fun and exciting time!

    1. Constant excitement around this joint!! ;)

  14. So glad that your son is okay. I can't imagine how scary that must have been for you, and for him. I hope he got his fill of cinnamon apple cakes that night after dinner! He deserves them!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    1. Yes, he was definitely soaking up the extra attention!! ;)

  15. YUM! These sound so good! Apple AND pumpkin cakes! Heck yes!

  16. Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry you got that call, but also glad he's okay. My daughter actually has the same problem, we had her going for heart tests because she was passing out all the time. It's a weird thing. But manageable once you know what it is and why it happens.

    I almost spit out my drink over the wine and wrinkle cream.

    Love this recipe. I mean those photos are stellar.

    1. Craziness huh! Thanks so much! ;)

  17. "Mommy needs her glass of wine at night for therapeutic purposes and buys expensive wrinkle cream to hide the crazy." Hahaha! That made me laugh a little too loud. I get it! I'm so happy there was nothing seriously wrong with your son.

    That cake looks amazing. I'm going to have to veganize it.

  18. I can't even imagine the stress that kids can cause their parents! But I can imagine these treats will make the whole family feel better. GREG

  19. Glad to hear he is okay! These cakes look gorgeous!


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