Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

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healthy apple coffee cake recipe

I have been making this Apple Coffee Cake Recipe for years and it is one of my favorites.

You know what I’m saying?

This recipe is perfect for an after dinner treat.

The process is simple.


I like to make the crumble topping first so it is ready to sprinkle on top of the batter.

coffee cake topping

For the topping, combine 1 tablespoon all purpose flour, 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons margarine or butter, and 15 almonds in a blender or food processor. Pulse until the mixture is crumbly.


In a smallish bowl mix together 2/3 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

In a larger mixing bowl mix 1 beaten egg, 1 and 1/2 cups chopped apple (the pieces should be on the small side but not quite finely chopped – see the picture below), 2/3 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce.

chopped apples for coffee cake

Add the dry ingredients to the apple mixture and stir until just combined.

Pour the batter into a greased 9 inch square baking pan and sprinkle the topping evenly over the batter in the pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Serve warm or cold.


If you have food allergies to contend with then you should completely omit the nuts.

Some of my kids just don’t like nuts. But if you pulse the almonds in a blender for the topping, you really can’t tell that there are nuts in the cake at all. So the kids won’t complain.

Also, this apple coffee cake recipe can be made dairy free if you use a dairy free margarine in the topping instead of butter.

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    1. Hi Gina,
      I have to admit, the cake is pretty good – and it’s not as evil as it tastes. Meaning that it does have some healthy ingredients.
      As to the coffee – that is in another post. 😉
      Thanks for stopping it – hope the recipe came out well for you.

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