This scrumptious keto low carb apple cake is a great recipe to serve to family and friends and just 3 g net carbs per serving! Yes, apple desserts can be enjoyed on a keto diet!
Are Apples Keto?
Keto or ketosis is a metabolic state in which your body is uses ketones for fuel instead of glucose so you can burn the fat on your body. When you are on a ketogenic diet, many believe that certain foods are either "keto" or not keto, but everyone is different in how their own body stays in ketosis.
While eating an entire apple for some people may kick them out of ketosis, using a small amount in a recipe like this, that has 16 servings using just one cup of apple, can be enjoyed on a keto diet and should not spike blood sugar.
Low Carb Sugar Free Apple Cake
The fall is here and that means apple everything become the new favorite desserts of the season! Technically not a sugar free cake because apples do have natural sugar, there are no added sugars coming from white refined regular sugar or white refined flours.
Maybe enjoying a whole apple yourself would kick you out of ketosis, but 1 cup in a cake with 16 servings is a very small amount. Once slice is just 6 total carbs and only 3 net carbs. I believe, enjoying seasonal items makes this a sustainable lifestyle I can stick with forever, how about you?
What is Glucomannan?
If it's an unfamiliar ingredient to you, let me explain why it's such a great option. Glucomannan is a natural, water soluble, dietary fiber made from the root of the konjac plant. This fiber is the same ingredient used to make Miracle noodles or Shiritayaki noodles.
It's been used for a very long time in Japanese cooking as a thickener. Before I discovered it, I was using xanthan gum as a thickener for my gravy, but it gets somewhat goopy and a bit to gel-like.
Many people don't like the slimy texture that can often happen with xanthan gum. I'd recommend trying glucomannan if you're not a fan of xanthan, it's definitely a must in my keto kitchen!
Can I use Xanthan Gum instead?
Yes you can swap the glucomannan with xanthan gum if you prefer.
Nut Free Cake with Coconut Flour
I'd like to clear up this constant question get asked almost daily about whether coconut is a nut. While the US Food & drug Administration (FDA) claims that coconut is a tree nut becomes it comes from a tree, it is in fact a FRUIT. People who have tree nut allergies may be allergic to coconut as well, but being allergic to coconut is not the same as having a tree nut allergy.
My own son was diagnosed with a Peanut and Tree Nut allergy at the age of 2. He has safely eaten coconut all these years without issue and he is now 14. Coconut is a fruit, called a drupe. It's like a peach with a pit.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says it well: "Coconut is not a botanical nut: it is classified as a fruit, even though the FDA recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut. If you are allergic to tree nuts, talk to your allergist before adding coconut to your diet."
Can I Make this an Almond Flour Apple Cake instead?
You really can not evenly swap coconut flour with almond flour. Coconut flour requires more liquids, eggs and is very dense so you use a lot less.
You would need to double or even triple the amount of almond flour to create the correct texture that the coconut flour provides.
How to Make Keto Cake with Real Apples
To view exact measurements, print the recipe and see the nutritional information, please scroll down to the bottom of the blog post to view the recipe card.
If you're following a low carb lifestyle you can certainly enjoy some apples every now and then. It's all about the portion. If you are following a keto diet you can also enjoy this keto cake with apples but if you are truly opposed to using them, please see below on how to swap.
glucomannan or xanthan gum
chopped pecans or walnuts
- Sugar Free Caramel Sauce
- Sugar Free Maple Syrup
- Sugar Free Butter Pecan Ice Cream
- Sugar Free No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
- Sugar Free Whipped Cream
- Sugar Free Coconut Cream
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a silicone 9 inch bundt pan and place on a small baking sheet pan. Set aside.
Place chopped apples and cinnamon together in a small bowl and stir to coat the apples. Set aside.
Whisk together the coconut flour, brown sugar sub, baking soda and powder, apple pie spice, salt and glucomannan and add to a stand mixer or large mixing bowl.
Pour the sour cream, butter and heavy cream into the dry mixture in the stand mixer or bowl. Blend until combined. Mix in the apple extract and stevia.
Add one egg at a time into the batter until combined.
Take half of the apples and spread them all around the bottom of the bundt pan. Spread half of the cake batter over the apples in the bundt pan. Spread the remaining apples over the batter and then the remaining batter over the apples.
Place the pan in the middle of the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool. Once cooled, place your serving plate over the top of the bundt pan and flip cake over. It should easily release from the silicone pan. Slice into 16 servings.
Can I Swap Apples with Zucchini?
Zucchini is a great choice when it comes to swapping the apples in this cake. The texture of both are similar and honestly no one will know the difference.
Can I Swap the Low Carb Sugar Substitute?
Yes you can swap any of the low carb sweeteners I use in any of my recipes. Here is my Sweetener Guide & Conversion Chart to help you decide how much to use.
How to Store Keto Apple Cake
Once cool, you can store leftover pieces in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze for up to 2 months.
More Apple & Low Carb Recipes:
- Keto Caramel Apple Cheesecake
- Keto Apple Danish
- Low Carb Apple Cream Cheese Muffins
- Low Carb Apple Dump Cake
- Low Carb Caramel Cheesecake Stuffed Apples
- Low Carb Apple Cider Donuts
- Keto Apple Crisp is in my Naturally Keto Cookbook
- Apple Pie Dutch Baby from my new book, The 30 Day Sugar Elimination Diet
How to Serve Apple Cake
Easy Keto Apple Cake
Keto Apple Cake
- 1 cup apple chopped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup Swerve brown sugar sub
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon glucomannan or xanthan gum
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup butter softened or 113 grams
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon apple pie extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon stevia or vanilla
- 6 large eggs
- ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a silicone 9 inch bundt pan and place on a small baking sheet pan. Set aside.
- Place chopped apples and cinnamon together in a small bowl and stir to coat the apples. Set aside.
- Whisk together the coconut flour, brown sugar sub, baking soda and powder, apple pie spice, salt and glucomannan and add to a stand mixer or large bowl.
- Pour the sour cream, butter and heavy cream into the dry ingredients in the stand mixer or bowl. Blend until combined. Mix in the apple extract and stevia.
- Add one egg at a time into the batter until combined.
- Take half of the apples and spread them all around the bottom of the bundt pan. Spread half of the batter over the apples in the bundt pan. Spread the remaining apples over the batter and then the remaining batter over the apples.
- Place the pan in the middle of the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool. Once cooled, place your serving plate over the top of the bundt pan and flip cake over. It should easily release from the silicone pan. Slice into 16 servings and enjoy with my sugar free caramel sauce or my keto butter pecan ice cream.