Pie and Cake for dinner?

Pie and cake for dinner….sounds crazy right?  I normally make fairly healthy meals, but it was a cloudy day with temperatures in the 60’s so I was ready to make the first pot of chili for the fall.  My boys love Frito Chili Pie and this recipe from Pioneer woman does not disappoint!  I love the Masa paste she adds at the end.  It makes it taste like tamales….and I love tamales!!!

Apple Cake is one of my favorites in the fall because the flavor of apples and cinnamon just make you think of cooler temperatures and changing trees.  The apples in this recipe make the cake so moist.

My boys favorite part is the crumble topping.  Try it out for yourself….  I modified an original recipe to make it a little healthier and more nutritious.




I used spelt flour in this recipe but you can use any flour you like. Spelt has more dietary fiber and protein than white flour.


I used the food processor to shred my apples. I used four small apples for this recipe.


The batter was a bit clumpy before adding the dry ingredients. The greek yogurt was a replacement for half the butter and doesn’t mix quite as well, but it is still delicious. Add the shredded apples, just before the dry ingredients.


Apple Cinnamon Cake


2 c. spelt flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

¼ c. butter (1/2 stick) melted

½ c. brown sugar

½ c. vanilla Greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon

1 ½ c. shredded apples


1/3 c. packed brown sugar

1 Tbsp. flour

½ tsp. cinnamon

1 Tbsp. butter (softened-but not melted)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a mixing bowl, beat softened butter, sugar, eggs, yogurt and vanilla until smooth.   Using the shredding attachment on your food processor shred about 4 small apples. Stir the shredded apples into the batter. Gradually blend in the flour mixture and pour into a greased 8 x 8 cake or brownie pan.

In a small bowl mix the topping ingredients except the butter. Once mixed, cut in softened butter until the mixture is like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the cake batter.

Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes clean.

This can also be made into muffins, but the cooking time will be about half.



2 thoughts on “Pie and Cake for dinner?

  1. I think my boys would love this cake .. and I want to try it with the little healthier tips – thanks Lori! xoxo

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