Millet Apple Cake – Gluten and Dairy Free

This is a lovely cake for the whole family: gluten + dairy + refined sugar free.

Super moist and soft for little babies, a nice idea for baby led feeding. It’s also appropriate for an allergy free birthday party or simply to enjoy a super yummy apple cake, no matter how old you are 😉

I would serve the cake starting from 8 months due to the grainy texture of the millet, or, once the millet mix is cooked, you can simply use an immersion blender to obtain a smooth consistency.

If you are serving the cake to a baby, you might want either to remove or to thinly cut the apples on the decoration on top.

If you are interested in the apple sweetener I used, it’s called Dolcedi, by RigoniDiAsiago

Millet Apple Cake – Gluten and Dairy Free
  • 5.5 oz. millet 150gr.
  • 2 cups almond or coconut milk 500 ml
  • 1 Tbsp apple sweetener or honey after 12 months
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil 60gr.
  • lemon 1 zest
  • 2 eggs
  • 7 Tbsp coconut sugar 50gr.
  • 2 oz. rice flour 3 Tbsp
  • 2 apples 1 for decoration
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. In a small pot heat the milk with the grated lemon zest, the apple sweetener and the coconut oil.
  2. When the milk is almost boiling, add the millet and stir.
  3. Simmer for 30/35 min, up until the millet if fully cooked. Turn the heat off and let it cool down.
  4. In a stand mixer add the eggs and the sugar, let it work at minimum for 10 minutes: you want to obtain a light foamy mix.
  5. Slowly add the rice flour + baking soda + baking powder + salt + vanilla and the millet mix.
  6. Slice one apple with a mandolin. Add the apple to the mix.
  7. Fill a cake pan (24cm) with the batter. Use a second apple to decorate on top.
  8. Bake at 375F/175C for 50 min.


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    March 8, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Dear Barbara, I’m very keen on making this recipe for my kids since it involves millet and no refined sugar. Just wanted to check if the millet used is also known as Foxtail millet ? And should it be soaked for a few hours prior to simmering it ? I look forward to hearing from you soonest. Many thanks, Sharon.

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    August 8, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I’m planning to make it for my little boy’s birthday, but he has an egg allergy, what do you think I could replace the eggs with?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      September 25, 2019 at 5:49 pm

      Hello Sinead!
      The recipe uses 2 eggs, you can substitute with 1 medium ripen banana and 1 tablespoon with flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons of water. Let me know how it goes and happy birthday to your little one!!! B

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    October 11, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Which millet is used in ur recipe

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      Barbara Lamperti
      October 19, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      Good question! I used pearl millet or bajra. Let me know if you have more questions! Ciao, b

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