Easy apple cake bars that are just two ingredients and don’t require any baking or cooking! These cake bars also don’t contain any wheat flour, butter, oil, eggs or refined sugar. The cake bars are sweet, moist and make a great snack.
I love making no bake desserts. They are perfect when I’m tired and busy and don’t have time for a traditional baked dessert. These cake bars take only about 5 minutes to prepare. They are sweet and moist and taste like cake balls in cake bar form.
- Coconut Flour
You can use sweetened or unsweetened. I used unsweetened. The cake bars were still sweet enough for me using unsweetened applesauce. Of course, if you want something sweeter, you can use sweetened applesauce (thought most sweetened applesauce contains refined sugar). You can also use either homemade applesauce or store bought applesauce.
If you are looking to use a different fruit, I’ve also made a banana version that I really love.
Coconut flour is used in this recipe to provide the flour element for the cake. Coconut flour is made from coconut flesh that is dried and than ground into a powder, creating a consistency very similar to flour. Coconut flour is highly absorbent which is why it works for this recipe. It will absorb a lot of the moisture from the applesauce and soften and expand, creating a cake-like texture. It also is naturally sweet so it won’t cut into the sweetness of the apple cake. If you do not like the taste of coconut, then this recipe may not be for you. You do taste the coconut in coconut flour, though it is mild. It adds a little bit of a tropical flavor to this cake.
I’ve had success buying coconut flour at most of my local grocery stores, usually located in the baking aisle. They come in small bags located with other specialty flour substitutes. I usually buy mine from Whole Foods or on Amazon.
I prefer making these cake bars with homemade applesauce but you can definitely use store bought applesauce. I like using homemade because I make mine thicker and slightly chunkier, which gives these bars more apple flavor. I found when I used the store bought applesauce, I could still taste the apple flavor but it wasn’t as strong.
I’ve never shared my recipe for homemade applesauce because it’s pretty basic. Peel, core and slice your apples. Boil the apple slices in water until they are very soft. Drain from water and then mash the apples by hand, in a food processor, or a blender until the applesauce reaches your desired consistency. If your applesauce is too thick, you can add a little water. If your apples are not very sweet, you can add sugar to the mixture but I always choose sweet apple varieties so I don’t add additional sugar to my applesauce.
Texture of No Bake Apple Cake
This cake will not taste like your traditional fluffy baked cake. It is a no bake cake so the texture is different. To me, it tastes similar to cake but is much more moist. It reminds me of cake balls (which is usually made from cake pieces and frosting mashed together).
While you don’t need to bake this cake, you can if you want. The cake will taste the same but baking it will remove some of the moister and make the bars firmer. So if you find the no bake version too moist for your liking, you can bake it for a firmer and less moist cake.
You can definitely leave these cake bars unfrosted and eat them as is, but if you are someone who enjoys frosting then I have a few easy frosting ideas for this cake:
- Whipped Cream Frosting: Beat cold heavy cream and a little bit of sweetener of your choice on high speed with a mixer until stiff peaks form. You can also add a little cinnamon for a cinnamon flavored frosting which pairs well with apples.
- Healthier Cream Cheese Frosting: Softened cream cheese, Greek yogurt and sweetener of your choice (I use maple syrup to keep it refined sugar free). Whisk together until evenly combined. You can also add 1/4 tsp cinnamon for a cinnamon cream cheese frosting. This is the frosting I used for the cake in the photos and you can find the full recipe here.
- Cinnamon Sugar Topping: You can also sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top of these bars instead of a frosting. You can mix cinnamon with coconut sugar if you are trying to stay away from refined sugars.
2 Ingredient No Bake Apple Cake
- 1 cup (8 oz) unsweetened applesauce (see note)
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- Line an 8 x 4 inch baking loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, mix together applesauce and coconut flour. Stir until coconut flour is completely incorporated into the applesauce. Your mixture should be thick (like cookie dough) and scoopable. You can taste and adjust as needed. Depending on the brand of applesauce you are using, you may need to add 1 more tbsp of coconut flour.
- Spread cake batter into prepared baking pan, using a spatula to smooth out the surface. Cake can be enjoyed right away but I recommend placing it into the fridge for about 1 hour, which will let the coconut flour soften a little more as it absorbs the applesauce and will make it easier to slice the cake. If you are adding frosting, you can add it before placing the cake into the fridge or after the cake has been refrigerated. Just be sure to add it before cutting up the cake. Use a sharp knife to slice the cake into 8 squares.
- Store uneaten cake in the fridge in an airtight container.
- This cake can also be made with sweetened applesauce, but I used unsweetened. If you prefer sweeter desserts you may want to use sweetened applesauce. You can use either homemade applesauce or store bought jarred/canned. I prefer homemade because the apple flavor is stronger but I've made it with both. Please see post for more details about applesauce and my homemade applesauce.
- I do not have a substitute for coconut flour. This cake will not work with almond flour, wheat flour or oat flour. I explain more about coconut flour in the post.
- These cake bars do not taste like traditional baked cake. The bars are very moist and taste more like cake balls (made of mashed cake and frosting) in cake bar form.
- If you find this cake to be too moist, you can bake it. The texture will remain about the same but the cake will be slightly firmer and the baking process will remove the extra moisture. To bake the cake, bake it at 350F for about 30-40 minutes or until firm.
- I share three frosting ideas/recipes in the body of the post under "Frosting Options"
- I used Bob's Red Mill coconut flour.*
- *This product link is an affiliate link. This means I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases (at no extra charge to you).
- The estimated nutrition is for cake bars only, without the frosting.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.