Healthy & Delicious Orange Cake Recipe with Coconut

Healthy & Delicious Orange Cake Recipe with Coconut
I love embracing all seasons of the year, but in true Shikha fashion, I like to think out of the box and always try to incorporate fresh flavors. My easy Orange Cake Recipe is one that my family enjoys whether in springtime or in the cold winter months. I love making it in a loaf pan and having a slice toasted for breakfast, as a snack to reward myself for getting a lot done, or with a hot cup of tea. And because I love my new neighbors, I might whip up a few and surprise them for the holidays! I used a different ingredient you may not be familiar with, so I am going to give you all the deets and ways you can start adding to recipes you love. Making this is so easy, I’ll let you decide if you want to share this recipe for an orange cake with your friends or if you want to keep it all for yourself!

Healthy & Delicious Orange Cake Recipe with Coconut

This easy orange cake recipe with coconut is guilt-free and ready in under 45 minutes. Perfect for an afternoon snack or a holiday treat.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup oil (your choice)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract or orange extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 

Instructions

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Add parchment paper to a loaf pan and set aside.

  3. In a large mixing bowl add the dry ingredients, (spelt flour, coconut sugar, shredded coconut, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon). Whisk well.

  4. Add the wet ingredients (orange juice, oil, and vanilla extract) to the dry ingredients, and mix well to ensure everything is well combined.

  5. Transfer the mixture to the loaf pan, making certain you get every bit of it!

  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Stick the toothpick in the middle of the loaf to ensure it comes out completely clean and the loaf cake is golden and firm.

Pro Tips

  1. Have a nut lover in your family? Feel free to add ½ cup of your favorite chopped nuts to add a crunchy texture.

  2. Love chocolate. Add ½ cup of chocolate chips and cut down coconut sugar to ¼ cup.

  3. Not sure what to have for breakfast? Toast a slice of this loaf with your favorite vegan butter…yummy!

  4. This loaf can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

  5. This loaf can be stored in the freezer for up to 4 months, just wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer bag or an airtight container.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this delicious loaf, leave a comment below! BON APPÉTIT!

What Is Spelt?

Spelt, Triticum spelta, is an ancient grain, like wheat, that is grown in many parts of the world and is soon becoming a more popular option because of its health benefits. Unlike other foods that have been genetically modified over time, this super grain has managed to remain unaffected since Biblical times. Spelt is high in gluten, has a nutty flavor, and is a very popular health food in Europe, as known as farro or dinkel.

Although spelt is nutritious because it has a high gluten content, those with gluten intolerances or have diseases like irritable bowel syndrome should be mindful.

How to Use Spelt?

With a slightly sweet and a mild nutty flavor, spelt can be easily incorporated into your diet, while adding another level of flavor, texture, and nutrition to your dishes. Here are some ways you can use spelt in your cooking:

  • Spelt pasta holds up better in heavy sauces and sustains its texture.
  • When baking cakes, breads, cookies, etc., just substitute about half or all your usual flour for spelt flour to get a similar outcome.
  • It can be used as an alternative for carbohydrates like rice or potatoes.
  • It can thicken soups or gravies.
  • Use it as a breakfast cereal or add to your morning porridge.
  • Spelt can be an accompaniment in stews or as a side dish.
  • Use it as a grain in making beers and vodkas.

As you can see, there are SO many ways to start incorporating this healthy grain to your recipes today, like in my delicious Lemon Chia Muffins and Chocolate Lemon Orange Cookies! If you plan on using whole grains, be sure to wash well and soak them overnight. You can find spelt at your local grocery store or even online.

Is Vegan Orange Cake Healthy?

This is a tricky question and one that I get quite often. It really depends on the ingredients in the cake. Like with all good and delicious cakes out there, vegan cakes, a true indulgence, should be enjoyed in moderation. I wish it weren’t so, but at least when you do make one, it should check all your boxes…decadent, delicious, rich, flavorful, and hit all your other flavor notes.

I hope I didn’t burst your bubble because I have some great tips, I use to make my vegan recipes a little healthier. I’m sharing all my secrets here, but we’re all friends so it’s okay!

As a substitution for oil or if you are needing to add some moisture to your loaves and cakes, I use good quality olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, vegan butter, and even applesauce at times.

I try to use a healthier sugar substitute. In my Orange Vegan Loaf, I used coconut sugar and in my Lemon Chia muffins and in my Chocolate Lemon Orange Cookies, I used maple syrup. I also use other ingredients like dates, and agave as well.

I also try to add fruits and nuts whenever I can, so when I bake, I like adding dried figs, cranberries, currants, and nuts like pecans, walnuts, and almonds. These simple ingredients add lots of texture, complex flavors, and most importantly adds some nutrition as well.

Healthy & Delicious Orange Cake Recipe with Coconut

How Do You Make a Vegan Orange Cake from Scratch?

With any sponge cake, vegan orange cake or pound cake recipe, this recipe is very similar with a few minor substitutions, you have a light, fluffy, and flavorful Orange Vegan Cake. In my house, it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to bake a cake, my kiddos love to eat. And nothing makes a mom’s heart fuller than baking and watching your family enjoy! Here is a quick, made from scratch recipe you need to save ASAP. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and bake in a greased cake pan for about 25 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven. When your toothpick comes out clean you are all set.

  • 2 cups of spelt flour
  • ¾ cup of coconut sugar
  • ½ 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ 1 cup of orange juice
  • ¾ cup of oil (your choice)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Health Benefits and Allergens For Orange Cake

There are a multitude of health benefits to this Vegan Orange Cake if prepared as directed.  Here are a few you can gain by using the ingredients in this dish:

  • Spelt Flour- Contains nutrients like Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Fiber, and Calcium that may help improve heart health, digestion and decrease the risk of diabetes.
  • Coconut Sugar- Contains Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium, and Zinc, which may help in improving gut health and slowing glucose absorption.
  • Shredded Coconut- Is a good source of Fiber, Zinc, and Iron, and may improve heart health, aid in digestion, and in strengthening the immune system.
  • Orange Juice- Is high in Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate, Calcium, and Vitamin D which can promote heart health and strengthen the immune system.
  • Olive Oil- Rich in monounsaturated fats, may prevent stroke and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Cinnamon- May lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol.
  • It’s healthy
  • It’s vegan
  • It’s dairy-free

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this delicious loaf, leave a comment below!

-BON APPÉTIT!