A moist and naturally sweetened flourless orange and almond cake celebrating whole-food ingredients including whole orange, almonds and dates, to nourish your body from the inside out.

Dietary Notes:

This easy recipe is gluten free, grain free, dairy free and refined sugar free. Paleo friendly.

Nourish 101:

  • Rich in nourishing and satiating healthy fats and protein.
  • Refined sugar free.
  • Free from gluten, dairy, grains and soy, suitable for those with these food allergies or intolerances.
  • Almonds are rich in healthy fats and vitamin E and are known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. Lowering your LDL cholesterol lowers your risk of heart disease.
  • Oranges are rich in vitamins C and potassium and copper providing bonus nutrition.
  • Eggs are a great source of complete protein and contain many different vitamins and minerals increasing your overall nutrient intake.
  • By adding a source of healthy fat and protein from using almond meal and eggs the effects of the fruit sugar on your blood sugar levels is minimised.

Watch my video below for how to make this simple flourless orange and almond cake. You can also print off the recipe too to remake this cake in your home kitchen.

Ingredient Tips:

To keep ingredients fresher for longer I store my almond meal in glass jars away from heat and light in my Mitsubishi Electric Refrigerator fridge along with a jar of medjool dates and a big bag of oranges in the crisper! This is where I am so grateful for the extra crisper room in my fridge making healthy recipes like this one easy to make with ingredients kept on hand. 

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4.25 from 4 votes

Flourless Orange and Almond Cake

A moist and naturally sweetened flourless cake celebrating whole-food ingredients including whole orange, almonds and dates, to nourish your body from the inside out.
Keyword Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Preservative Free, Refined Sugar Free, Soy Free
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes



  • Pre-heat fan-forced oven to 175C. 
  • Place 2 oranges (unpeeled) in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil then simmer covered for 45 minutes. (Make sure oranges remain covered with water). Drain and cool. 
  • Meanwhile, thinly slice remaining orange. Cover the bottom of a lined large round cake tin with the orange slices. Set aside. 
  • Cut cooled boiled oranges into quarters (discard any seeds). 
  • Place boiled oranges, eggs, dates, baking powder and vanilla powder into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree until smooth. 
  • In a medium bowl mix together orange puree with almond meal. 
  • Pour batter on top of orange slices in your cake tin and bake for 45 mins to 1 hour, or until golden on top (depending on your oven). Check using a skewer. If still wet on the inside continue baking and check every 15 minutes.
  • Allow to slightly cool for 15 minutes then turn out so the orange slices at the bottom become the top of your cake. 



Recipe Tips:
  • This recipe is suitable to freeze.
  • Boiling the oranges brings out the natural fragrant oils in the skin and adds a gorgeous real orange flavour to the cake.
  • I love using my Vitamix to make this cake.
  • Instead of lining your cake with orange slices you can also top your batter with almond flakes before baking.
  • *If you like your cake extra sweet you can add a few more dates or serve drizzled with maple syrup.

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  1. Connie

    What is the size of your cake pan? Thanks

    • Casey-Lee Lyons

      Hi! I typically use a 20cm for this recipe. Hope you enjoy!

      • Kirsty

        Can you tell me the nutrition info please

        • Casey-Lee Lyons

          Whilst we don’t have a nutrition panel for this recipe I can note that is contains healthy fats, protein and real food carbohydrates. It also contains no refined sugars.

    • Bonnie

      4 stars
      I checked a converter and 20cm equals an 8-inch pan, which is a smaller size. Since Casy-Lee mentioned it was a large pan, I was confused and opted for a middle-sized 9-in pan. The batter just fit. It doesn’t rise much so it worked out. I took this to a pot-luck dinner. Those who didn’t eat much sugar loved it and those who were used to more conventional desserts were so-so about it. I brought along an orange-cranberry glaze in a separate jar anticipating that might be the case, and that helped satisfy those with the sweet tooth.

      • Casey-Lee Lyons

        Thanks for sharing Connie!

  2. Aru

    Can I substitute pure maple syrup for dates?

    • Casey-Lee Lyons

      You sure can!

  3. J

    Have you ever made cupcakes with this recipe? How long would you bake them ?

    • Casey-Lee Lyons

      I actually haven’t made them into cupcakes/ muffins as yet but I can’t see any reason why they wouldnt work. I would bake for 25 mins and check.

  4. Jackie Wong

    5 stars
    Thank you Casey-Lee for such an easy and healthy recipe. I use your recipe to make cupcakes by adding walnuts as well. I baked it for 12 minutes. It tasted delicious. I definitely will share this recipe with my friends.

    • Casey-Lee Lyons

      Thank you Jackie! So glad you enjoyed the recipe. Love that you made these into cupcakes with walnuts, great idea! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  5. June Gibson

    Hi is almond meal the same as ground almonds

    • Casey-Lee Lyons

      Hi yes, You can either used “ground almonds” or almond flour.

  6. Zoe

    Love this recipe. Making it now for the second time. Watch out with baking powder in the blender/ whizer. It pops when you take the lid off, which is hard to do as the pressure has built up. Not sure if it could go Pete Tong (wrong!). Delicious healthy cake though

  7. Zoe

    4 stars
    Love this recipe. Making it now for the second time. Watch out with baking powder in the blender/ whizer. It pops when you take the lid off, which is hard to do as the pressure has built up. Not sure if it could go Pete Tong (wrong!). Delicious healthy cake though

    • Casey-Lee Lyons

      I’m glad you enjoy this recipe, thank you.

  8. Wendy

    4 stars
    I made this cake for my partner’s 60th.

    The raw mix was amazing. We just bought an oven and at 45mins, the cake was a bit overcooked and slightly dry. When it was out of the oven, I drizzled with a bit of maple syrup as it seemed a bit bland (wouldn’t do this next time). I adjusted the dryness by cutting the cake in half and filling it with mashed banana like a Swedish birthday cake.

    To serve, I made a sauce with blended red dragon fruit and mixed in Greek yoghurt, vanilla, organic ground stevia leaf, passionfruit which gave it a stunning pink colour and a warm tropical flavour. And placed fruit around the outside.

    I don’t normally give feedback on recipes but this recipe really stood out because it didn’t use sugar or sugar alternative (just the dates) which I loved. And perfect because our guest is pre-diabetic (which we didn’t know beforehand). I’d skip the maple syrup next time and just use the mashed banana. It’s sweet enough when served with fruit and red dragon fruit yoghurt sauce.

    It was a hit! .

    • Live Love Nourish Admin

      Thank you so much for your comment on the gluten free Flourless Orange & Almond Cake. So great to hear it was enjoyed by all. If helpful, ovens do vary from one to another so great to know what works best for yours, with reducing cooking time as needed but great to hear you made adjustments to suit and the flavour was a delicious. Thanks for sharing. The pink yoghurt sounds fantastic too, what a great idea! This could make a great dairy free option too with coconut yoghurt! Thanks Wendy.

  9. Helen

    This is the most delicious cake that I’m able to eat and not feel guilty. I love that the recipe has no sugar, no dairy & no gluten, but still has the most delicious flavours.

    • Live Love Nourish Admin

      Thank you so much for your great feedback Helen. So glad you enjoy this recipe and is still delicious being gluten free, dairy free and no added refined sugar.

    • Live Love Nourish Admin

      Thank you Helen! So glad you enjoyed the Flourless Orange and Almond Cake – such a delicious and simple one. Thank you!


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