One of my favorite things to make for Yom Teruah is what we call Creation Cake. It’s a simple Honey Apple Cake found on AllRecipes.com and adjusted to our families liking. Another benefit of this delicious snack is that it helps you sleep!
We ate it once the sun set, so it was a couple of hours after supper, and it literally got my little ones to sleep the entire night which really is a HUGE deal for me 🙂 making the High Shabbat truly a restful one!
So what in it makes for a restful night? Read below to find out!
Walnuts are not my favorite thing to add in most foods, but they are a must in this delicious snack! Walnuts are actually a great source of tryptophan-yes the same ingredient found in turkey that helps make serotonin and melatonin. Including these in the cake will help you and your whole family have a very restful evening 🙂
Flour & Sugar
Because this recipe includes flour and sugar it provides a nice spike in your glucose levels which also helps you fall asleep. Why you ask? The rise in insulin levels helps the tryptophan get to your brain faster and helps you get to that place of sleep faster. So be sure to have your pillow ready.
Honey is also a natural sugar that will speed up the process of tryptophan in your bloodstream. Raw honey has enzymes in it that helps in digestion.
Apples also aid in digestion. This is great for sleeping soundly because your body isn’t needing to be disturbed by heartburn, indigestion, nauseau, and/or stress-all of which can disrupt healthy sleep patterns.
Cinnamon actually lowers blood sugar levels. Seems silly to include but it acts as a good balancer for the sugar that is included in the recipe and adds nice flavor as well.
Ready to make this? Here’s the recipe below:In
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour (even gf flour works!)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
- 5 green apples (peeled, cored, shredded or chopped)
- 2 cups chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch Bundt pan.
- In a large bowl, stir together the sugar and oil. Beat in the eggs until light, then stir in the honey and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin spice; stir into the batter just until moistened. Fold in the apples and nuts.
- Bake for 50 to 65 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the crown comes out clean. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before inverting onto a plate and tapping out of the pan.