Choose Joy + {Tuscan Apple Cake}

I don't know about you, but I am super tired from staying up so late watching the election results on the edge of my seat!! What I think is most interesting is how divided America really is. Half of us are ecstatic after last night's events; half of us are extremely disappointed. Regardless of which side you were on though, I think we all need to choose joy. Yes, the last four years were hard. Yes, we don't know how the next four will treat us. But I do know we all have a LOT we can be thankful for. As we enter into this season of Thanksgiving, let's focus on what is good in our lives.

  • I am thankful for a roof over my head.
  • I am thankful for my precious baby girl.
  • I am thankful for my loving husband.
  • I am thankful for having "enough."
  • I am thankful for apple cake.

Tuscan Apple Cake

This recipe was inspired by the Tuscan cookbook I reviewed yesterday, "A Family Farm in Tuscany."  I subbed out the sugar for agave, added greek yogurt, and adjusted a few other measurements.

It looks fancy/like a lot of work, but couldn't be simpler. Prepare the batter, push in the apple slices, and bake!

This is more like a breakfast "cake", in the same way coffee cake is.  I served it along with additional Chobani Apple Cinnamon yogurt and a sprinkling of Apple Cinnamon Love Grown Granola.  It was divine.

Or serve warm with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream.  Oh.My.YUMMMMMM!

Tuscan Apple Cake

Tuscan Apple Cake


Tuscan Apple Cake // Nosh and Nourish


3 Eggs
1⁄2 cup honey
1⁄2 cup Choabni Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt (or sub vanilla)
2 1⁄2 tablespoons Butter
2 1⁄2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1⁄2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1⁄2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 Apples (I used Pink Lady apples, peeled/sliced)
1 1⁄2 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix together all ingredients except apples and flour.
  3. Stir thouroughly, approximately 3 minutes.
  4. Slowly add in flour, mixing continually.
  5. Butter and flour an 8 x 8 baking dish, or round pie pan.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared dish.
  7. Peel and slice the apples, setting them into the batter vertically (core side down).  I arranged mine in rows, but you could make a rosette pattern as well.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes.
  9. Serve with remaining apple cinnamon yogurt and granola (optional).

Yields 9 Servings