Apple Coconut Upsidedown Cake

Whether it’s a small get together with friends, a company holiday party, or a reunion with your family…tis the season full of joyous times, fond laughters and lots, and lots, and lots of naughty, irresistible, scrumptious looking goodies. (Phew that was a mouthFUL! … get it? Get it?? —Yes I’m actually laughing really hard right now)

Well moving on, trying to surpass the holiday season while making efforts to stay fit is TOUGH.  Especially when you are being repeatedly bombarded with these treats , it’s hard enough to reject it to begin with. Then we need to clue in other factors, like hurting people’s feelings or looking like a “snot” because you’re literally saying “no thank you” X a billion. Everyone around you is mindlessly enjoying their treats while you are the only one looking awkward because you said, “I’m alright, thank you though.” After severely caving in Thanksgiving, ( Oh let me tell you, it’s been a battle everyday. Post about that soon) I want you to know that
YES I GET IT! You want to stay fit and not lose sight of your fitness goals (ahem, like I did) but you want to enjoy yourself with everyone else around you also.

So what do you do now? 
Make your own version of naughty, irresistible, scrumptious looking goodies. And bring it to the PAAHTAY! 

THE SOLUTION: 
                 … a low carb, guilt free, clean eating, holiday dessert 

The apples were softened contributing to the moistness of the cake
 and added an extra kick of sweetness

The fun part was flipping this baby over to reveal some 
warm golden apple slices

                                      The clumps of coconut oil formed actually makes every bite of
                                                                    this cake…
 

…melt in your mouth.

Ingredients:

Wet
1/4 C or 4 tbsp melted extra virgin coconut oil 
1/2 C Unsweetened applesauce
1/4 C Nonfat greek yogurt
1 egg
4 egg whites
Dry 
1/2 C Coconut Flour
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 TBSP stevia
1 medium apple

Preparation:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375.
2. Use a round 6 inch diameter pie pan and brush some coconut oil on it so the cake does not stick.
3. Whisk together all wet ingredients.

*What to expect: Coconut oil is high in saturated fats (don’t worry it’s all healthy fats your body needs)  therefore once the temperature hits anywhere below 76 degrees, it hardens. So when you go to liquify your oil (microwave 30 sec) and add it with the rest of the mixture, it will solidify again and form clumps. No fear.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix evenly with a fork. 
5. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and whisk with a fork or blend until all 
   lumps are gone. It’s perfectly fine if you have a few clumps of coconut oil still remaining.
    You’ll see why.
6. Remove the skin from the apple and cut into thin round slices. 
7. Lay the slices of apple onto the pan. (Try to layer it pretty unlike I 😉 )
8. Pour the entire mixture over the apples and place in oven for about 25-30 minutes 
   OR until the cake looks golden
9. Now the fun part. Place a plate over the pan and flip it upside down
 * Optional: Drizzle agave or maple syrup over it for a more glossy look and even sweeter taste.

Whether you are a male or female trying to stay on track with your fitness goals or a low carb dieter, this recipe is so easy anyone can make it! And nutritional facts?

Makes about 5 servings
Whole cake: 970 calories, 63g carbs 67 g fat, 41 g protein
Per serving:  194 calories, 13 g carbs, 13g fat, 8g protein


*Side note: I really wanted to come up with a sweet holiday recipe for my Day 19 Mission Get Fit 2013 Challenge. I thought of this idea from my Coco-Banana Pancakes. ( Hmm.. if I could make pancakes out of it, I can make a cake! Play around with the measurements and SCORE! ) I am so unbelievably surprised at how wonderful this turned out! Considering that it was my first attempt, I’d like to make it look a lot prettier next time. Add another apple and add another 1/2 tsp of baking powder for it rise more. Otherwise, I absolutely loved the texture and taste!

 I will now be using this as a stable for a lot of other recipes now (I’m thinking it has something to do with peanut butter, how about you? =D ) 

Happy holidays everyone !

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