Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me…no matter what time of day I eat it. I generally like to have bacon and eggs, omelets, frittatas or sometimes even coconut pancakes but every once in a while on the weekends or for holidays a nice sweet treat served with homemade spicy sausage is where it is at! This recipe is adapted from one in Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and is truly the best gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free coffee cake I’ve ever eaten…as a matter of fact it is better than any coffee cake I’ve ever had that was full of sugar, gluten and grain!!!
This past Friday was my mom’s birthday followed by Mother’s Day on Sunday so I thought I’d treat my mom, dad and husband (and let’s be honest…ME, too) to a fun, decadent breakfast dessert…and it really hit the spot!
Grain-Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake (makes 9-12 servings):
2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil, melted
6 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 cup sliced almonds or chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish or pan with butter or coconut oil and lightly dust with almond flour.
To make the cake:
Combine the almond flour, salt, baking soda, pecans and raisins in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter or coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla. Make a well inside the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined, the batter will be very thick. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking dish. Using a spatula, gently push the batter into place making it as level as possible.
To make the topping:
Combine cinnamon, butter or coconut oil, maple syrup and pecans or almonds in a bowl. Spread the topping over the cake batter.
Bake for 25-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 1 hour on a wire rack. Slice cake into squares and drizzle with Maple Frosting before serving.
This cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days. Once you drizzle it, store it in the fridge.
3/4 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or more to taste)
1/4-1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, almond milk, or coconut milk
pinch of salt
In a small saucepan, heat all ingredients over medium-low heat, stir until well combined. Consistency should be thin enough to drizzle over the coffee cake.
***If you eat dairy and prefer a maple cream cheese drizzle…substitute 4 ounces softened cream cheese for the coconut butter and reduce the heavy cream to 2 Tbsp.-1/4 cup and blend in a small bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Again the consistency should be thin enough to drizzle***
This coffee cake is delightful with or without the drizzle.