This delicious healthy lemon zucchini loaf cake recipe is sponsored by Natvia, makers of a stevia-based, non-GMO granulated sweetener – such a handy ingredient to have in your sugar free kitchen! I’ve been using Natvia for quite a while now. The granulated texture makes it quite easy to substitute in to baking instead of sugar.
Do you have a list of recipes that you’ve always meant to make tucked away somewhere? Lemon “pound cake” has been something that’s been on my to-do list for many years now. But to be honest, I’m not actually quite sure what a pound cake is; I must have stumbled upon the name some time ago and it’s really stuck with me. Possibly because the use of the word “pound” makes me feel like I’m going to get a really chunky, filling piece of cake, rather than a teeny tiny sliver of nothing … and that’s never a bad thing! I don’t like being shortchanged when it comes to cake.
This lemon zucchini loaf cake has satisfied my craving for a dense, delicious homemade cake infused with lots of lemony flavour. Baked into a loaf shape, it’s just so easy to slice and keep tucked away in the fridge or freezer for when you’re ready to sit down with a cup of tea and something delicious. Is it a pound cake? Well, considering this recipe has got a whole zucchini in it I’m pretty sure I’ve mucked up any classic pound cake recipe well and truly… so let’s just call it a loaf cake, shall we!
I have finished this cake with a very simple coconut oil-based lemon glaze, but this is really an optional step. By baking lots of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest right in to the loaf, the cake has a beautiful bright lemon flavour without the need to top it with anything else. It’s great on it’s own as a sweet, healthier snack option, or if you’re feeling a little bit more fancy, serve this up my favourite way: with smashed berries and a spoonful or two of thick coconut yoghurt.
You’ll also notice an optional little ingredient in my recipe to help give your cake a bold colour in the most natural way. Yep, adding just a tiny amount of ground turmeric will guarantee you the most incredibly bright lemon zucchini loaf cake. You won’t be able to taste it, and turmeric is such a wonderful spice, why not? Though turmeric is being researched for a number of therapeutic properties, I must say in this cake it’s not a significant enough amount to alter the nutritional content of the recipe … but it sure makes it look amazing!
Almond Flour Lemon Zucchini Loaf Cake
Almond Flour Lemon Zucchini Loaf Cake by Nourish Everyday - gluten free, dairy free and sugar free, this easy loaf cake is bursting with fresh lemon flavour and is deliciously sweet!
- 1 3/4 cup almond flour (175 grams)
- 1/3 cup coconut flour (42 grams)
- 1/4 cup granulated stevia (I used Nativa)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp bicarb soda
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2-3 lemons
- 1 med-large zucchini (160 grams)
- 4 eggs
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1-2 tsp honey (or liquid sweetener of choice)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (reserved from cake ingredients)
Preheat oven to 160 C (fan forced) and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Zest the lemons and finely chop the zest. Then, juice the lemons until you have just over 1/3 cup of juice. Set both aside. Grate the zucchini and set aside also.
In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, Natvia, baking powder, bicarb soda, salt and turmeric, ensuring there are no lumps. Add in a tablespoon of chopped lemon zest.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
Combine the egg mixture with the dry ingredients. As you're mixing them together, fold in the grated zucchini and almost all of the lemon juice, reserving just a tablespoon or so to make the glaze. (If you're not making the glaze you can just add it all in). You should end up with a thick batter that is of a wet, kind of mousse consistency
Scoop the batter into the lined loaf tin, and use the back of a spoon or your fingertips to press the batter evenly into the tin and smooth the top.
Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until the edges of the loaf are turning a dark golden brown and the centre feels firm to touch. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
To make the glaze, melt the coconut oil and whisk together with the honey and lemon juice. Use a pastry brush to spread the glaze over the top of the cake (if you don't have a pastry brush, simple drizzle it over with a spoon and then use the back of the spoon to spread it around a little, working quickly, before it sinks in too much). Sprinkle over a little of the leftover chopped lemon zest for decoration.
*in terms of a loaf tin size, I use what I think is a fairly standard size loaf tin of approximately 23 x 13 x 7 cm (9 x 5 1/2 x 3 inches). This will produce a wide, but not particularly tall loaf, as the batter does not rise a large amount (as is the case with many grain free, gluten free cakes). You could bake it in a smaller tin for a higher rise, or even pop it into a round or muffin tin (but reduce cooking time for the muffins – start checking at 30 minutes).
**if you are unable to get your hands on granulated stevia or you would prefer not to use stevia, you could try making this recipe with coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is not as sweet as stevia so you may need to adjust the amount slightly