Recipe: Healthy Almond Cake With Chia Seeds

by Dagmar Bleasdale on January 31, 2014

recipe: healthy almond cake

I love almond paste, also known as Marzipan in Germany, where I grew up. It’s usually pretty expensive, so when I saw cans of almond paste for sale at the grocery store for $2, I bought two of them.

Only, it wasn’t almond paste as I discovered when I opened the first can: it was almond cake filling. Hmm.

healthy almond cake with chia seeds

making a healthy almond cake recipe

I’m too frugal to just throw it out, so I decided to make the almond cake recipe that’s on the can’s wrapper since I had all the ingredients in the house.

healthy almond cake recipe

Well, you know me, I always improvise and try to make every recipe more healthy, and I ended up substituting a lot of the ingredients.

healthy almond cake recipe

I used mostly organic ingredients, but you don’t have to. Also, not everybody has Xylitol or chia seeds in the house, so just substitute what you can.

Wondering what Xylitol is? I wrote this post about it: Xylitol: The Natural Sweetener With Many Health Benefits.

Wondering what chia seeds are? They are powerhouses of protein and Omega-3 that I also added to this recipe: Gluten-Free Brownies With Chia Seeds and Apple Sauce

My Recipe for Whole-Wheat Almond Cake with Chia Seeds:


  • 1/2 cup of organic butter (instead of 1 cup)
  • 1 cup Xylitol (instead of sugar)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of apple sauce (to make up for the butter I left out)
  • 1 can of almond cake filling
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour (instead of 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup of flax chia seed meal (as a substitute for more flour)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 rice milk (instead of cow’s milk)
  • optional: add 2 tsp of chocolate chips to top, or nuts, or raisins…
  • I left out the 1/2 tsp of salt the original recipe calls for

Almond Cake Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease and flour 10″ or 12-cup pan — I used my glass one.
  • Beat butter, apple sauce, and Xylitol (or sugar) in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy.

healthy almond cake recipe

  • Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well.
  • Beat in almond filling.
  • Stir flour, flax, chia seeds, and baking powder together and add to almond mixture alternately with milk.

healthy almond cake recipe

  • Beat until blended and spread batter in pan. Optional: add chocolate chips to top
  • Bake 50 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely.

healthy almond cake recipeThe final product, voila!

healthy almond cake recipeThe original recipe calls for an almond glaze, but I didn’t even make that. This healthy almond cake turned out so yummy, it didn’t need another thing. Let me know how yours tuned out, and enjoy!

healthy almond cake with chia seedsDo you usually follow the directions of recipes, or do you also like to improvise?

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Ginger November 4, 2014 at 3:41 PM

I’ve never heard of Almond filling before. Oh, it sounds wonderful! Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday!


Lou Lou Girls November 1, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Hello sweet lady! This looks incredible. Pinned. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls


chanelle October 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

This sounds good. What’s in almond cake filling? I’ve never heard of it.


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