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Paleo Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cake (Grain, Dairy, Nut Free)


Paleo Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cake (Grain, Dairy, Nut Free)

This is a great breakfast option to make ahead of time so you can grab and go in the morning.  It’s a very high protein cake (9 eggs!), contains no grains so it’s gluten free and I’ve even made an option to make this completely sweetener free. 

 Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

 6-8 servings


 4 cups chopped organic apples, cored and chopped into ½ inch pieces. I had extremely large apple and 2 apples made 4 cups. I think you would probably need about 4 regular size apples to get 4 cups. No need to peel the apples.

½ cup water

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoon coconut oil or butter or ghee

9 eggs

2 – 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or pure raw honey *see below for sweetener-free options

3 tablespoons coconut milk or milk of choice

2 tablespoons coconut flour 

1/2 teaspoon additional cinnamon

heaping ¼ teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

*Sweetener-free option: Substitute the maple syrup/honey for a few tablespoons of my pure fruit sweetening paste or you can add a few dried medjool dates to the apples as they cook**


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, saute the apples, water, vanilla and cinnamon until the apples are the consistency of apple pie filling – about 10 minutes. Once the apples are finished cooking, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or butter to the mixture and stir until the oil or butter is melted. Allow the apple mixture to cool for a few minutes before adding it to the egg mixture.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, coconut milk, coconut flour, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, maple syrup, baking soda and salt until well combined.

Pour eggs and apple mixture into a coconut oil or butter well greased 8×8 pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until the top is nice and golden and the middle is cooked through. Enjoy

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    I just used this recipe this morning and it turned out delicious. My whole family enjoyed so it’s a keeper. Thank you!

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    Loved the apple cake. Extremely moist. We ate it for dessert after dinner and then finished it for breakfast the next day. Good one. Keep them coming Kelly.

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    We have really been enjoying this for breakfast. I’ve made it at least 4 times now and thought it was about time I tell you that!

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    So delicious! Thank you!

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    We love this! I’ve been making it about once or twice a week for the past month and it’s so so so good!

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    I would like to try this but want to make sure I read this right. Only one TABLESPOON and a half of coconut flour?

    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Elisa! I know it sounds crazy, but yes it’s only 1 1/2 Tablespoons of coconut flour. Coconut flour baffles me at what it can do with such a little amount. But, you read it right! Hope you love the apple cake. It’s one of my favorites to eat for breakfast 🙂

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      That was exactly what I was going to ask. I’m so glad it is the smaller amount because that stuff is crazy expensive.

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    What if I wanted to make a little less? I could not get through that much. Does it freeze well, or could I halve the recipe?

    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Jenn, I don’t know the answer, but I’m going to try to halve the recipe tomorrow and see if it works and freeze a piece and see if that works, too. I will let you know the results either tomorrow or Wednesday. I haven’t made the apple cake in awhile so this gives me a good excuse to make it 🙂

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        Well, hey! Thanks! I decided that I was just going to go ahead and make it and share it with friends, so I did. It is DELICIOUS. It is just me at my house though, and some recipes I find are hard to halve or store. If you find this one is, I would love you forever and ever and ever. 🙂

        • Primally Inspired

          Hey Jenn! Well, I just made it by halving the recipe and it came out great!! Just like the original version. I halved everything but didn’t quite halve the coconut flour or the baking soda (see below).
          Here’s exactly what I did:
          2 cups chopped apple (1 BIG apple or 2 little ones)
          1/4 cup water
          1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
          1/2 tsp vanilla
          1 T coconut oil or butter
          5 eggs (mine were on the small side so I used 5. If yours are big, use 4)
          1 T maple syrup
          1 1/2 T coconut milk or milk of choice
          1 T coconut flour
          1/4 tsp additional cinnamon
          1/4 tsp baking soda
          pinch of salt
          Make it just how you would the original recipe. I didn’t have one of those cute 4×4 pans, so I used a bread loaf pan and it was done cooking at the 40 minute mark. It came out a cute little loaf (came up about halfway in the bread pan).

          A piece is freezing now so I will let you know about that tomorrow, but from everything I’ve been reading today, it should freeze really well. Similar recipes using eggs and coconut flour have froze well and tasted great when thawed according to a lot of people on the internet. But, I will let you know what I find out 🙂 Have a good one!!!

          • Primally Inspired

            The apple cake freezes very well! I just enjoyed a thawed piece for lunch and it takes just like the original. I forgot how much I love this healthy cake!

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            Awesome!! Thank you for taking the time to test it! 🙂

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              Wow thank you so much for taking the time to work out the answers to these questions, which were exactly what I was trying to work out too! Too much to make all at once, but not sure my baking skills are up to working out the nuances of what halves exactly and what needs a little more! Same with the freezing question – would be perfect to make a larger batch and freeze for a once a week lunch box treat. I’m hoping this works out well as seems the perfect solution to kids who want what ‘everyone else’ has with a mother who refuses to add processed foods and sugar to their lunchboxes!!!

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      I am new to the paleo-diet and was worried about what I will do when I need to get a sweet treat or bake for frendis. This is such a great solution! I can’t wait to try them! This is the best blog I have come across in a long time.

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    This is so good! Thanks for the halving recommendations, too!

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    I added some chopped walnuts (about 1/2 cup) and it was delicious. Next time I will try baking it in mini muffin and mini loaf pans for easy freezing. Thanks for your generous sharing!

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    I will make mini loaves and freeze, as well. Great idea! Thanks!

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    Hi! I had to only make a third of this recipe, substitute the maple syrup for molasses, and make it in a small circle baking dish! It just came out of the oven and I haven’t tried it yet-(waiting for tomorrow’s breakfast). I noticed all the apple rose to the top, do you think this is because the circle pan..? It still looks delicious, I’m just wondering about your input! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

    • Primally Inspired

      I’m not sure about that, Katie! I noticed the last time I made it, I made the apple chunks bigger than normal and they rose up to the top, too. I thought it looked kind of cool, but I have no idea why they did that either! Your apple cake definitely won’t be quite as sweet if you substituted the maple for molassas so you’ll have to let me know if you still liked it 🙂

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      My apples rose to the top, too. I was thinking of grating the apples next time to incorporate them better. It tastes kind of custardy-French toast-ish. I like it, my kids are not so sure yet.

      • Primally Inspired

        Good idea about grating them! Maybe if you add a little more maple syrup (or pour some over it), they might give it another shot 🙂

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          That is how ours came out too. We put some maple syrup on top. It tasted a lot of egg. Couldn’t taste apple very much. Funny the kids in our house liked it more then the adults. 🙂

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    Hi !

    I JUST made this recipe and it’s sooo good ! I replaced the maple syrup with honey and some maple butter (it’s what I had) and since I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon I put half the amount. Turns out I should have put it all in ! Simply wondering if it needs to be kept in the fridge ? We’re 3 in one fridge so I’m thinking of leaving it in our cold room…simply an unheated room and it’s winter here in Vancouver? I’m fairly new to cooking. Thanks!!

    • Primally Inspired

      Thanks Kenze – so glad you all liked it! 🙂 And yes, it should be kept somewhere cold (thanks for reminding me of that – I’m going to update the recipe and write that in there). Your fridge or your cold room would do the trick!

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    I halved this, sorta 🙂 here were the ingredients I used:

    2 cups apple (unpeeled)
    1/4 cup water
    1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    4 medium-sized eggs
    1 1/2 tablespoons flaxseed
    1/4 cup whole milk
    2 tablespoons coconut flour
    1 tablespoon maple syrup
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    pinch of salt

    Baked in a loaf pan (lined with parchment) for 35 minutes. Quite delicious!

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    I loved this recipe, it was really wonderful. My husband liked it but commented on the egg /custard taste. Guess he is not a big fan of that. So I added a cup of almond meal, it turned out fantastic and I didnt have to alter anything else. Thanks for being open to letting us post any changes we make. Your recipes are really great.

    • Primally Inspired

      Thanks for the comment, Carol! I love when people post suggestions or things they’ve changed to fit their tastes and their families tastes – I almost always end up trying them out, too 🙂

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      I made this a few days ago and we loved it! I added a cup of almond meal/flour as one of your commenters suggested, rather than the 1.5T of coconut flour. I used 3T of honey instead of 2T of maple syrup. It turned out great. It had a bit of that custard texture, but more bread like. Best way I can explain it, it was like a piece of French toast. We sliced it up and toasted it in the toaster oven and then drizzled maple syrup on top. SO GOOD!!

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    Huh. This tasted like apple quiche to me. Do we have to keep it refrigerated? Maybe I did something wrong but I followed the recipe.

    • Primally Inspired

      Bummer, Kristina, apple quiche doesn’t sound so appealing :/ Yes, you do need to keep it refrigerated.
      This def. isn’t super sweet tasting, so you might need to add more sweetener or apples for your tastes? Just an idea if you were willing to try it again.
      I think it tastes more like french toast, but that’s just me.

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    What are your favorite apples to make this with? Would something omething sweet and sour like pink lady’s be great or weird? do you typically use more sweet (gala, red), or sour like granny smiths? thanks! this recipe looks amazing can’t wait to try it!

    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Amy! I make this a lot when apples are in season here and use whatever apples are the best deal at the farmer’s market – I’ve tried it with everything from gala to granny smiths and it’s all tasted great to me 🙂 I typically enjoy a sweeter apple to bake with, but the granny smith’s tasted really good in here, too. I think pink lady’s would be yummy!

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    Also, is the actual syrup necessary or do you think the texture would be fine if using a natural powdered sweetener?

    • Primally Inspired

      A natural powdered sweetener would be perfect. Maple was just my sweetener of choice because I love apple and maple flavors together. There is more than enough liquid in the egg so you’ll be fine with something powdered.

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    thanks!! can’t wait to try it 🙂

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    I’d love to make this, but my son is allergic to coconuts. Is there NOTHING that can be used instead of the coconut flour? maybe like tapioca flour or sprouted grain flour? (he’s allergic to all nuts, so no almond flour either).

    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Kristin,

      Tapioca flour and sweet potato flour are great alternatives, but they aren’t equal substitutions and honestly, I don’t know the substitutions off the top of my head. Let me see if I can find what they are and I’ll comment back on this. But I think those types of flours I mentioned would be great options for your son.

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    I made this last night without any sweetener. It was delicious! In the future, I will add more apples. Bacon crossed my mind too.

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    HI, I just made the apple cake…..WONDERFUL…. I had it with a titch of almond butter on it and it’m stiil cruising with no shakes after 5 hours. This, is a keeper for sure. When I get almond flour up here via the barge order (next fall) I’ll try it with that too. I love your recipes and I’m vera thankful I found your site. Have a brilliant rest of the day.

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    Incredible recipe. I made this for a potluck brunch for our triathlon team and not a crumb was left 🙂 Awesome!!! Thanks for helping a few tired athletes fuel for Ironman training 🙂

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    I made this today and the flavor was excellent, but it separated into
    “layers”. I had apples on top (that was ok), then a “cakey” layer, then an eggy layer. Any idea what might cause the separation? I’m going to try it again… maybe try adding the almond flour, but if it’s something I can fix, that’d be great! 🙂

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    I make this today and it definitely didn’t have a cake texture and had a slight egg flavor, which kind of disappointed me. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious and I ate 1/3 of the pan myself, but it’s more like a spongy custard… which is great if you like custard/french toast, but hubby and my youngest do not. The flavor is great though. I may try again with a few less eggs and more coconut flour.

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    This looks so great! I don’t have any apples. However, I have lots of delicious strawberries on hand. Could I replace the apples with strawberries?

    • Primally Inspired

      That sounds like a great idea! You may need to add some additional maple syrup as I don’t think strawberries are quite as sweet as the cooked apples. Or you just follow the recipe and if it’s not sweet enough for your liking after it’s cooked, drizzle some additional honey or maple syrup over it – yum 🙂 Let me know how it turns out – I think that sounds really good!!

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    I really don’t like coconut flour, isn’t there any other flour option ??? I have tried to like it, but just can’t ;(

    • Primally Inspired

      It’s such a small amount – just 1 1/2 Tablespoon so you really, really, really can’t taste it – I promise. It’s a breakfast cake, so it tastes more like a custard (or French toast) than actual cake. If you still don’t want to try it, try adding a half cup of almond flour or almond butter. I haven’t tried it like that, so I can’t say on personal experience how it is, but it should work just fine. Hope that helps 🙂

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    I’m a fan of all these dessert recipes you have posted, but I’m allergic to eggs. Have you ever tried your recipes with a flax meal & water egg replacement?

    • Primally Inspired

      Yes! My husband was allergic to eggs for about 6 months until we healed his gut. Most of my recipes do very well with the flax egg substitute! For recipes over 5 eggs, I found that combining fruit (usually sweet potato, pumpkin, banana or applesauce) with the flax egg substitute did the best.

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    Thank you for sharing! Shared with our members!

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    I was wondering about omitting the eggs? I only eat egg whites due to psoriatic arthritis & I have changed a lot in my diet what could switch out for the egg? Thank You bunches I would surely love to try this.

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    I made this and it seemed a little wet for my liking. I sliced it up and then put it on some parchment paper on a cookie sheet as if it were biscotti and baked it for about 7 extra minutes to dry it out/toast it a little.

    Also, I greased my pan with coconut oil and it seems to make stuff turn SUPER dark when I bake….not sure if it’s just the brand I use or what but watch out 😉

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      Therese, how was it after you put it back in the oven. It was really wet for me as well. I am wondering if I did something wrong. The fork came out clean when I tested it.
      I am very new at Paleo, and I am having a hard time finding foods I like. Any suggestions?

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    This was a great breakfast cake–cut it to serve 6 with ham on the side–one of our finicky teens even snuck back into the kitchen for leftovers when we weren’t looking!

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    Has anyone tried it with egg whites instead of whole eggs?

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    Loved this! Brought a piece to work for a coworker – she thougth it was cake. I had to show her the recipe for her to believe it was all egg. My apples rose to the top too but no biggie really – was Delish and will be making again!

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    I just have almond flour in the house right now can I use that instead of the coconut flour?

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    After eyeing this recipe for weeks, I finally made it this morning. It filled my house with the smell of apple pie! I would make it just for that reason 🙂

    I used five dates instead of the maple syrup and it turned out beautifully, just sweet enough but not too much. I could even decrease the number of dates to four. I was a bit worried putting it into the oven as it looked like an egg and apple soup but it came out beautifully. I had to bake the cake for 70 minutes, but I have an older oven and live at an elevation of 1,000 m.

    Thank you for your wonderful recipes!

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    Do you think you could do this without the baking soda to make it GAPS friendly?

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    LOVE IT! My husband thought it was bread pudding and only missing the caramel sauce. It does appear to have three distinct layers, the bottom was eggy (?) w/a rubbery like consistency, the middle was like a bread and the top, the apples. Maybe it happened ’cause I wasn’t patient enough to allow the apple mixture to cool down. Oh well, delicious nonetheless, half of it is gone and the hubby only had a small slice 🙂 I shared it on my instagram w/your website and my facebook, but was not able to tag you. THANK YOU!!

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    You know how sometimes you see a recipe online and it looks so delicious and you can just imagine how wonderful it will be…and then it’s awful? This is NOT that recipe! It is every bit as tasty as I imagined!! This is definitely going on my “make often” list. I was getting tired of eggs, but who knew how easy it would be to eat them with cinnamon and apple. Thank you!

    • Primally Inspired

      CaitC – thank you so much for this comment. The funny this is that I must have woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and when I read the first few words I was like “oh brother, I totally don’t need to read a comment like this today.” And then I read the rest and it helped turn my crabby morning around. LOL Thank you 😀

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    How do I substitute almond flour for the coconut flour?

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    Is it ok to Pin this using Pinterest? I don’t want to violate your copyright, but I do want to make the recipe and that’s how I catalog. Thanks!

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    This sounds really good. Could you substitute the coconut flour with almond flour (same amount?) and have the same results or would the amount need to be adjusted!

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    Best Christmas breakfast ever!! Thanks!

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    Has anyone tried this without eggs? like using an egg replacer or applesauce? a few of my girls have egg allergies, but it looks so yummy!

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    Made it this afternoon – both my brother and I are paleo and loved it! Even my mom tried and it enjoyed it. My baby cousin is also allergic to a lot of things including dairy and gluten and a whole bunch of things and this is one goodie she can enjoy!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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    I have made this a few times and love it. Well actually I mostly make it for my 100% 18month old and he loves it! I love that it has lots of eggs. I kinda 1.5 the recipe to make enough for a week. It is a great snack too! But I was wondering if it would work with other fruits/berries that are in season? Have u tried any or have any other recipes that have lot of eggs and not much flour like this? I feel that it is a very healthy paleo recipe! Thank you!

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    I made this a couple of hours ago and it’s turned out beautifully. The texture and taste are great, and the smell, especially while it was baking, was divine.
    Thanks very much for sharing the recipe 🙂

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    Ive made this recipe at least 3 times this week! Everyone loves it and it disappears so fast! I was wondering if instead of apples, i could use bananas? would it work? Would i have to mash the bananas up with the eggs? Id really appreciate some help here cuz my friend is allergic to apples and asked if i could use banana instead 🙂

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    This tasted like eggs and apples. None of my kids will touch it. 🙁 So many expensive eggs. I think this is one of those recipes that’s good if you’ve been paleo for a long time and don’t remember what actual sweets taste like.

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    Hi, sounds like a great recipe! If I can’t find coconut flour, I live in Beijing and grocery shopping can be difficult, what can I use? The gluten free is important b/c I have one son w/ Celiac.

    Thanks so much,

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    Hi! I’m very excited to make this dish but I have a few questions first. 1. What kind of apples do you recommend? I currently have huge pink lady apples on hand and wonder if those will work. 2. Is it 2 tablespoons of flour or 1/12? I seen in previous comments someone say 1/12. Thank you!!

    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Rhianna! Pink ladies would be really yummy! I changed it to 2 tablespoons after there was so much confusion with 1 and 1/2 (as you probably read lol). I like the extra 1/2 tablespoon better anyway 🙂

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    Well! Mine came out with two separate layers… The bottom layer is salty egg and the top layer is sweet apple. Very strange!

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    I made this using butter and maple syrup. I substituted one cup of almond flour for the coconut flour and it was delicious! My 14-year-old really enjoyed it. I did peel the apples (and used three different varieties) and cooked them until they were pretty soft. Next time, I will try adding some pecans (or walnuts). Delicious!


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    It’s in my oven right now! Planning to take it to school for Johnny Appleseed apple tasting day. Should this be refrigerated or is it ok to leave out?

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