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A few weeks ago I bought some cheap apples. They looked lovely – massive and red, but they taste pretty average and were a bit floury. So I did what every sensible person would do and made a spiced apple cake! You can make this either gluten free or not. Oats do not in themselves contain gluten, some people with gluten issues also can’t eat oats, but many can.

I baked this in our wood fired stove, it worked a treat!

Dana’s Gluten Free Spiced Apple Cake

100g Soft Butter
3/4C Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1C Fine Rolled Oats – or do as I did and blitz them in the food processor
1C Flour OR Gluten Free Baking Mix – See below for my recipe or use a bought mix
1C Grated Apple
2t Cinnamon
2t Ground Ginger
2t Baking Powder
1/2t Salt
1C Milk

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat until combined. Add the rest of the ingredients all at once and mix to combine. Bake in a 25cm lined tin at 180 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer stuck in the middle comes out clean.

Notes: For 1 cup of baking mix you can use – 1/3C Rice flour, 1/3C Maize Cornflour, 1/3C Tapioca or Arrowroot, 1/4t Xanthan gum. Or you can make it non-gluten free and use normal flour. If you can’t use oats you can use coconut instead.

Dana is a homesteading, homeschooling mama to 3, based in the south of New Zealand.

She is a Certified Ketogenic Living Coach, and natural wellness expert, as well as a Registered Nurse, with post grad training in mothers and babies. She has struggled with infertility and PCOS and conceived all 3 babies naturally.

Dana is passionate about natural health and gentle parenting. With a background in well child / baby nursing she loves sharing what she knows with mamas, mamas-to-be and mama-want-to-be’s.

She enjoys getting out in the garden, or just sitting at the beach in the sun. Dana also blogs about fertility and pregnancy at, coaches people through and creates meal plans for

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