Apple Cinnamon Snack Cake

I don't want to post two treats in a row, but I can't resist sharing this recipe.  I haven't had much luck with paleo baking, so when I pulled this out of the oven, I threw up both my hands and yelled, "success!" (and maybe did a little dance!).  I am really happy about this specifically because it has no added sugar, meaning no maple syrup, no honey, no agave nectar.  Ian and I decided to cut out added sugar (natural or otherwise) for the month of June so the sweetness in this recipe comes from dates and applesauce.  The applesauce I used is organic Sprouts brand, no ingredients other than apples.  Applesauce and salsa are the two jarred products I always have on hand, they are usually cheaper than the ingredients it would take to make them, a good rule of thumb when buying jarred.  This jar of applesauce was only $2.29, and I used about a quarter of the jar, it would have cost me much more than $2.29 for all those apples.  My new mission, after conquering paleo baking, is to improve my photos. This cake is so good, the pictures just don't do it justice.  I tried inside, outside, stacked, not stacked.  Please don't punish this recipe for my poor photography skills.

Apple Cinnamon Snack Cake
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2 cups Almond flour
8 Medjool dates
3/4 cup Applesauce
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
2 Eggs, beaten
1/3 cup Walnuts, chopped

Soak dates in water for 30 minutes, drain.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place dates in the bowl of a food processor, pulse until broken down.
Add applesauce and whirl until it makes a thick paste.  In a large mixing bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Stir in date mixture and then add eggs.  Mix thoroughly.  Fold in walnuts.  Batter will be thick.  Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and add batter, spreading into even layer.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.






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