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Healthier Lemon Loaf

Enjoy this healthier lemon loaf recipe that's got a fraction of the calories and sugar, but still has all of the flavor you know and love. 

Course Dessert
Keyword lemon loaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cooling Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 121 kcal


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. finely grated lemon peel (lemon zest)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

  2. Lightly coat 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with spray; set aside.

  3. Separate egg yolks from egg whites; place in separate medium mixing bowls. Use a whisk or hand mixer to beat egg whites until soft peaks form; set aside.

  4. Finely grate lemon peel; set aside.

  5. Combine egg yolks, lemon zest, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl; mix well. Set aside.

  6. Combine almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Set aside.

  7. Pour egg mixture into almond flour mixture; mix until a smooth batter forms.

  8. Gently fold egg whites into batter.

  9. Pour batter into prepared pan; bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

  10. Cool for 5 minutes; turn loaf out onto cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting into ten equal slices.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Lemon Loaf
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 126mg5%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.