It has been raining all day today, so I decided to bake. I had some cranberry sauce left over from dinner a few nights ago and thought it might be good in a cake. This is really more like a quick bread rather than a cake, but if I call it cake the kids think they are getting a big treat. There is no oil in this recipe and the only sugar was from the cranberry sauce and a little maple syrup, so nothing to feel guilty about. This cake made a great snack today when it was still warm.
Cranberry Walnut Cake
1 cup of rolled oats finely ground in a food processor
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cranberry sauce
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 maple syrup (you could substitute honey)
1/4 cup apple or orange juice (try to use no sugar added juice)
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 375. Combine the ground oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a separate bowl combine the cranberries, maple syrup, apple sauce, juice and extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined. Mix in the walnuts. Spread the batter in a greased 9 inch baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Remove it from the pan and let cool on a rack.