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Grain-Free Apple Coffee Cake (Paleo)

Moist, sweet, buttery apple coffee cake made entirely without grains, refined sugar, or dairy. This easy, approachable almond flour coffee cake recipe is perfect alongside your morning coffee or tea.

This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.

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Coffee shop coffee cake has always played a magical tune to my mind, body, soul strings.

Sitting down with a huge hunk of cinnamony squish to go alongside my steamy morning Joe in amidst a bustling shop with the sound of milk frothers steaming, hurried chit chatter, and relaxed acoustic music playing in the background is my idea of the perfectly romantic morning.

Because coffee cake has been one of my go-to’s since I was a small child, I {{humbly, not-so-humbly}} consider myself a bit of an aficionado.

I like my coffee cake sweet, but not too sweet, rich in cinnamon flavor, thick but not overly dense, hot, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth-y. Within those specifications, there also needs to be a good salt balance to really tie all of the flavors together in heavenly matrimony.

Well, I {{humbly, not-so-humbly}} proclaim: By George, I think I’ve got it!

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This coffee cake is what I consider to be perfection. It has a nice textural element from the apple-walnut topping, is healthful enough to eat for breakfast, yet tantalizing enough to enjoy for dessert. Plus, it’s grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly! How, oh how, is all of this possible, you ask? A fine balance between almond flour, eggs, coconut oil, and honey.

Oh, oh, oh, it’s magic!

Which brings me to my next topic of conversation:

Coffee cake componentry. Lettuce chat.

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I used Bob’s Red Mill’s Almond Meal/Flour for this Apple Coffee Cake, along with coconut oil and honey.

You’ll never believe how moist and dense-yet-airy this cake turns out – you’ll have to taste it to believe it! I fed this cake to my hooligan friends and the consensus was you couldn’t tell it was gluten-free, much less grain-free.

Plus: the words, “addicting” and “perfect” were tossed about like a hacky sack.

Apple Almond Flour Coffee Cake - grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, and paleo | #healthy #dessert #breakfast #recipe #glutenfree

The last Paleo Coffee Cake recipe I posted, I used tapioca flour to fluff it up and hold it together, but I found via this recipe that’s not necessary. In essence, this version holds together very well and still has a light texture without the use of tapioca flour. Fist bump, good talk.

To summarize: this warmly-scented and spiced breakfast cake is perfect for the chilly fall and winter months. It’s cozy, it’s approachable, it’s even super simple to prepare! If you’re super into coffee cakes like me, let this be your gateway to all of your coffee cake needs – you can easily morph it from apple to pear, blueberry, strawberry, etc, etc.

More apple treats:

To amplify your mornings…THIS!

Apple Coffee Cake (Paleo)

Apple Coffee Cake (Paleo)

Yield: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Grain-free apple coffee cake made with almond flour and pure maple syrup


Grain-Free Apple Coffee Cake:

Apple-Cinnamon Walnut Topping:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil an 8-inch square baking pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Add all of the ingredients for the cake except for the apple to a blender or a food processor. Blend until well combined (note: the batter will be very thick). Stir in the apple. Transfer the cake batter to the prepared baking pan and smooth into an even layer.
  3. Stir together the ingredients for the apple-cinnamon walnut topping in a bowl until well combined. Distribute the topping over the coffee cake, gently pressing the apples into the cake batter.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn off the heat and keep the coffee cake in the oven an additional 15 minutes, until the center feels firm when poked. Remove from the oven and allow cake to cool 30 minutes before cutting and serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 of 12
Amount Per Serving Calories 233Total Fat 19gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 13gFiber 3gSugar 9gProtein 5g


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Thursday 28th of May 2020

Hi! Could this be made into muffins?

Thanks :)


Saturday 30th of May 2020

Hi Selina!

I've never tried it, but I bet it would turn out great! I would bake for 20 minutes and see if they're finished at that point. Bake longer if necessary! Hope you enjoy! xoxo


Friday 23rd of August 2019

I served this to my two favorite cousins in an experiment for weekend company with special dietary needs. It passed with flying colors! I doctored it a bit by adding more apples (1-1/2 and a softer apple), added maple syrup to the topping and doubled the fat. I was nervous, but it was really yummy. I baked it about 20 minutes longer though. Kind of like an apple dessert with a moist cakey bottom.


Sunday 25th of August 2019

I'm so thrilled to hear it! I'll try the recipe again using a longer bake time...thank you so much for relaying all of that information! xo


Monday 25th of February 2019

This is my new favorite breakfast! I threw in an extra egg ( I had 3 left in the carton ) and subbed in some tapioca flour for about 1/2 cup of the almond flour just because I have a lot of tapioca flour on hand. Came out fabulous! What a treat -- paleo or not (though I appreciate that it is paleo/low carb). Healthy comfort food and also quite satisfying. I wasn't hungry until lunch, and that's rare. My son said it's the best thing I've baked in a long time. Thanks Julia! This is helping me adjust to a low carb diet and I'm super grateful.


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

I'm so thrilled to hear you like it, Jennifer!! Thanks for letting me know your changes - it all sounds delicious! xo


Friday 14th of December 2018

Could this work with an egg replacer such as flax/chia or gelatin?


Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Hi Megan! I believe it would although I've never tested the recipe with an egg replacer. My guess is it would hold together marvelously but perhaps be less fluffy. I think it's worth a shot! Let me know if you try it! xo


Sunday 19th of August 2018

Nutritional value please ?

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