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Apple Cake

Brought to you by Filipa Bellette
from Chris & Filly Functional Medicine

Apple Tea Cake was a staple in my family growing up! In this recipe, I’ve adjusted the traditional Apple Tea Cake recipe, to make a healthy gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free option. 

P.s. If you’re struggling with healthy eating, especially if it’s showing up as emotional eating, I’m running a Root Cause of Emotional Eating Webclass on Mon 22 May 7pm for Natural Medicine Week. It’s free! And you can sign up here.

Serves 4
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins



  • 200g gluten-free flour
  • 150g coconut oil
  • 150g coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt

To decorate:

  • 4 apples
  • 3 tablespoons xylitol



  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Place all cake ingredients in a blender and combine until smooth on set. If you find that the batter is too thick, add a little bit of almond milk. It should resemble almost very thick custard. Otherwise, the apples will sink in.
  3. Pour the batter into a round cake tin lined with greaseproof paper.
  4. Peel the apples, quarter, and remove pips. Slightly score each of them and place them on the cake. Dust the cake with the xylitol and bake in the oven for 40 minutes until golden brown. Use a wooden skewer to test whether it is done by poking the cake in the middle and if it comes out clean it is done.
  5. Leave to cool down and dust with icing sugar. Enjoy!

About the Author

Filipa Bellette

Filipa Bellette

Chris & Filly Functional Medicine

Filipa Bellette is Co-Founder of multi award-winning health practice Chris & Filly Functional Medicine. She is an accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, specialising in Functional Medicine. She is also a PhD Scholar, writer & regularly featured in the media, such as, Forbes and Body+Soul.

Together with her husband Chris Bellette, Filipa has worked with over 2,000+ busy, burned-out clients in the past combined 20+ years. Their practice is best known for helping high-achieving parents with energy, mood and gut issues, end their body burnout…for good! They were recently awarded as Winner in the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards 2022, Tasmanian State Winner & National Finalist for the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2022, and Highly Commended in the ATMS Natural Medicine Clinic of the Year Awards 2021.

Filipa’s own passion for helping parents, especially mums in their late 30’s & 40’s, have more energy, productivity and connection, came from her own personal experience of burnout, after juggling the demands of business, family, and her failing health.