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Apple Sauce Coffee Cake Loaf

Spiced applesauce coffee cake with cinnamon & walnuts – Moist, deliciously dense, almond meal and spelt coffee cake with warm cinnamon, rich maple syrup, and smooth applesauce topped with a warm spice blend, walnuts, and some finishing syrup. It’s a coffee cake you can feel good about eating!

This delicious apple coffee cake loaf is a healthier version of the classic. It uses almond meal and spelt flour in place of white flour, and maple syrup, and coconut palm sugar instead of refined sugars. The applesauce adds sweetness and moisture to the cake, while the cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnut topping gives it a delicious warm spice flavor. This recipe is perfect for breakfast or brunch, or as a dessert!

What is spelt flour?
If you’ve never heard of or used spelt flour before, it’s a type of whole-grain wheat flour that is more easily digestible than other types of wheat flour. It is composed of the entire wheat kernel, including the bran and germ. Spelt flour has a nutty flavor and is higher in protein and fiber than all-purpose flour. You can find spelt flour at most major grocery stores in the health/organic section. If your local grocery store doesn’t have it check the health food stores or online.

Why You’ll Love This Healthy Applesauce Coffee Cake:

  • Deliciously moist – Dense doesn’t mean dry! This coffee cake is moist, thanks to the applesauce, and has a delicious, dense texture.
  • Perfectly spiced – The cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice give this cake the perfect amount of warm spice flavor.
  • Sweetened with maple syrup – This cake is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar. There is no need for refined sugars!
  • Topped with a walnut & maple syrup blend – The topping on this cake is what makes it extra special. It’s a blend of chopped walnuts, maple syrup, and spices. It’s the perfect finishing touch to this cake!
  • Not too sweet – This coffee cake loaf is not cloyingly sweet and can be eaten for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!

Equipment You’ll Need To Make This Applesauce Coffee Cake:

  • 8×4 Loaf Pan
  • 3 Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Dry & Wet Measuring Cups

Ingredients You’ll Need For Applesauce Coffee Cake Loaf:

Coffee Cake:

  • Almond meal
  • Spelt flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking powder
  • Teaspoon soda
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Eggs
  • Applesauce
  • Brewed coffee
  • Maple syrup

Topping

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Maple syrup

How To Make This Easy Apple Coffee Cake Loaf

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a loaf pan.
  2. Combine the almond meal, spelt flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and soda in a large bowl. Add the coconut palm sugar and mix well. 
  3. In a separate bowl, add the eggs, and stir in applesauce and coffee until well blended. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix until well blended and set aside.
  4. Combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, and coconut sugar for the topping in a bowl. Make sure that the spices are evenly distributed.
  5. Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and sprinkle with half of the topping spice mixture. Reserve the other half of the topping for later. 
  6. Pour the remaining mixture on top and sprinkle the rest of the topping spice mixture on top, followed by the walnuts and a drizzle of the maple syrup.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 32-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let sit in the loaf pan for fifteen minutes before removing.

What To Serve Alongside Your Coffee Cake

If you’re serving your coffee cake for breakfast or brunch, I recommend serving it with a cup of coffee or tea. If you’re serving it for dessert, I recommend pairing it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

This cake is also delicious on its own and doesn’t need any accompaniments.

How To Store Your Coffee Cake

This cake can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to four days.

Can I Freeze this Coffee Cake?

Yes! This cake freezes well. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to two months.

When you’re ready to enjoy, thaw the cake overnight in the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature before serving.

FAQs

Can I use all-purpose flour instead of the spelt flour?
Yes, you can use all-purpose flour in place of the spelt flour. The cake will be a little less dense and have a slightly different flavor.

I am allergic to almonds. What can I use instead?
You can replace the almond meal with additional spelt flour. It’s a 1:1 ratio, so for this recipe, you would use an additional half a cup of spelt flour.

Why is my coffee cake dry?
There are a few reasons why your coffee cake might be dry. One reason could be that you overcooked it. Another possibility is that you didn’t add enough wet ingredients. Be sure to follow the recipe closely and measure your ingredients correctly to avoid a dry cake.

Can I add fresh apples to the batter?
Yes, you can add fresh apples to the batter. I recommend grating them, so they are well incorporated into the batter. You can also add chopped nuts or raisins for a little extra flavor and texture.

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious apple coffee cake loaf! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. And if you try the recipe, be sure to let me know how it turns out! Bon appetit!

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Ingredients

Coffee Cake:

  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon soda
  • 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Topping

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine the first six ingredients. Mix well.
  3. In a smaller bowl combine the remaining wet ingredients & whisk together.
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  4. Pour wet into dry and mix until combined.
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  5. In a mini bowl, stir together the sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon topping.
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  6. Grease an 8x4 loaf pan.
  7. Pour half the mixture into the pan. Sprinkle half the topping mixture.
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  8. Pour the remaining mixture on top and sprinkle the topping mixture. Divide the walnuts over the batter and drizzle the maple syrup.
  9. Bake in the oven for 32-35 minutes.
  10. Let sit in the loaf pan for fifteen minutes before removing.
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