Spiced apple coffee cake layered and topped with a sweet and nutty cinnamon pecan streusel!I didn’t even know I liked coffee cake… until now. This recipe is a game changer to say the least. With a moist and cakey texture and delicious spiced apple flavor, this coffee cake is a crowd pleaser for health foodies and sweet tooths alike! I tested a few different versions, but once I perfected the recipe my entire family became hooked.
I’m making a double batch for Christmas morning in a few days and I cannot wait! If you’re looking for something to serve to guests during the holidays (or any time of year) this is perfect!
This grain free cake it made with simple ingredients and is packed with flavor. It’s super easy to whip up and even easier to devour. The base is almond and coconut flour which keeps it light in texture, rather than dense like a lot of gluten free recipes. The apple sauce gives it an amazingly moist texture and there are tender bites of fresh apple in each bite. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves add a warming spiced flavor that pairs perfectly with the apple.
With the most delicious cinnamon pecan streusel layered in the middle and on top, this coffee cake is seriously heaven. The streusel is a mix of nuts, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon that adds flavor and crunch to each bite!
This coffee cake is so good no one would ever know its healthy, but it is filled with nourishing ingredients! Unlike most refined carbohydrate and sugar filled baked goods, this cake is higher in protein and fats and lower in sugar and carbohydrates, making it more satiating.
The recipe is sweetened with just a bit of maple syrup, coconut sugar, and apple sauce, and has a much lower sugar content that most baked goods. These sugars are more slowly digested because they are accompanied by protein, healthy fats, and fiber. A less dramatic spike in blood glucose levels will keep you feeling fuller for longer and help keep your hunger hormones in balance. It’s sweet enough that it feels truly indulgent, but still works well as a breakfast option.
I know you are going to LOVE this recipe! It’s one of my favorites so far! If you try it out, please let me know what you think by commenting below or tagging me on Instagram. Happy Holidays!
- For the cake:
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled
- ½ cup apple sauce (100% apples–nothing added)
- ½ cup apple, chopped into small pieces
- For the streusel:
- ⅓ cup pecans, finely chopped
- ¾ cup almond flour
- 2 tbsp + 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 4 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a baking pan by greasing it with coconut oil and lining one direction with parchment paper.
- Begin my making the streusel. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and combine with a fork until a crumbly mixture forms.
- Next, make the cake. Begin by whisking together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves in a large mixing bowl.
- Combine the eggs, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and apple sauce in a separate mixing bowl and whisk until combined.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry and fold together with a spatula until well mixed. Fold in the chopped apple.
- Place ⅔ of the mix into the baking pan and spread until even. Top with half of the streusel mixture, then cover with the remaining batter. Finally top with the rest of the streusel.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top is browned and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for at least 10 minutes in the pan, then slice and enjoy immediately or let cool completely in the pan, and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.