Gluten-Free Quinoa Apple Snack Cake: quick, easy, and full of flavor

Don’t you just love when you can take something you’ve baked and serve it in a bunch of different ways?

Multi-functional baked goods are one of our favorite things to make! Cookies that can be enjoyed at breakfast or as a late-night treat. Scones that are perfect for bunch or served alongside a steaming bowl of soup. Or a cake that can be eaten as a satisfying snack or dressed up and turned into a decadent dessert.

Our gluten-free quinoa apple snack cake is just that. A simple recipe that’s totally snack-worthy, it can be added to your kids’ lunch boxes, served with afternoon tea, or turned into an extra-indulgent treat with the addition of cream cheese frosting or cinnamon-cider glaze!

For this cake we’re using quinoa flour in combination with our gluten-free flour. Quinoa adds a naturally sweet and nutty flavor that complements perfectly the fruits, nuts, and spices in the cake. It’s easy to make, tender, and full of tasty goodies.

Here’s how to make Gluten-Free Quinoa Apple Snack Cake

How to make gluten-free quinoa snack cake via @kingarthurflour

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9″ square pan. In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine:

1 cup King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour
1 cup quinoa flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

How to make gluten-free quinoa snack cake via @kingarthurflour

In a separate bowl, stir together:

1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Then beat in 4 large eggs until the mixture is completely smooth.

How to make gluten-free quinoa snack cake via @kingarthurflour

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and mix until evenly moistened, then fold in:

2 cups grated apple (about 2 medium apples, peeled and cored)
1/2 cup diced dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

How to make gluten-free quinoa snack cake via @kingarthurflour

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake the cake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until it’s golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Remove the cake from the oven, and allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a rack.

Serve the cake warm, or cool completely and frost or glaze as desired.

Gluten-Free Quinoa Apple Snack Cake via @kingarthurflour

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Alyssa Rimmer

Alyssa grew up in Vermont, attended the University of Vermont and now lives in New York City, where she bakes and writes recipes for her blog Simply Quinoa. She's been living gluten-free for over four years. Alyssa also authors her own food blog and enjoys ...


    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Allyson, we wouldn’t recommend trying to convert a designed-to-be gluten-free recipe back to gluten-full, but you should feel free to substitute Quinoa Flour for up to 25% of the total flour in your favorite apple cake, like this one. Hope this helps! Mollie@KAF

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Cathleen, many of our recipes do contain a link to the nutritional information. You can find this link in the “Tips From Our Bakers” box on the right side of the page. Unfortunately, this recipe does not include this link. To calculate the nutritional information for any recipe, we recommend this website. Barb@KAF

  1. greyhoundmomr

    Wondering if there are any ideas for substituting something for the apple? I cannot have apples but would love to try this recipe.

    1. Susan Reid

      This recipe should work just fine with grated carrots instead; they’ll be nice with the spices, too. Susan

  2. Ruthanne Bredenberg

    Can this be made into muffins? How long to bake. Same question with gf pumpkin bread.

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Ruthanne- As a general rule, quick breads can be into muffins by placing them in muffin pans and baking about 18-22 minutes, or until they are done. Happy baking- Laurie@KAF

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Debi, while quinoa has recently been approved as suitable for Passover use, the package of quinoa flour should also be certified Kosher for Passover. Our quinoa flour is kosher, but not certified Kosher for Passover. The same goes for our gluten-free flour. While it might be possible to substitute matzo meal for the gluten-free flours in this recipe, we haven’t tried this and the recipe would no longer be gluten-free. So, you’ve posed a rather difficult question. I’ll leave it to some of our readers who may know more about the Passover rules and how to apply them when it comes to a gluten-free recipe such as this one to offer some suggestions. How about it all you gluten-free Passover bakers out there? And I hope everyone has a very happy Passover! Barb@KAF

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