Indulge in the guilt-free pleasure of this Healthy Coffee Cake. Swap out traditional ingredients for a wholesome twist that doesn't compromise on flavor. The combination of unsweetened applesauce, vegan butter, and maple syrup forms the base, while almond milk and flax seed meal add moisture and texture. Oat flour and old-fashioned oats bring a hearty, nutty element, creating a satisfyingly dense cake.
For the irresistible filling, blend coconut sugar and cinnamon, infusing each bite with a sweet and spicy kick. Elevate the experience with a streusel topping made from coconut sugar, flour, oats, and melted vegan butter, adding a crunchy, golden layer. Optional cream cheese frosting, with powdered sugar, vegan butter, and vegan cream cheese, provides a decadent finish. Get ready for a slice of heaven that's as good for your taste buds as it is for your well-being.
Healthy Coffee Cake Ingredients
- Unsweetened applesauce for moisture and natural sweetness.
- Vegan butter or coconut oil for a rich, dairy-free flavor
- Maple syrup for a natural sweetener.
- Almond milk or oat milk for a plant-based, creamy consistency
- Baking powder for leavening.
- Baking soda for a light and fluffy texture.
- Vanilla for enhanced flavor.
- Flax seed meal mixed with hot water for a vegan egg substitute.
- Oat flour for a wholesome, nutty taste.
- Old-fashioned oats for added texture.
- Coconut sugar for a healthier sweetener in the filling and topping.
- Cinnamon for a warm, aromatic kick
Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
Elevate your treats with this Easy Cream Cheese Frosting. Whisk together powdered sugar, melted vegan butter, and vegan cream cheese for a silky-smooth, decadent finish. Drizzle it over your favorite cakes or cookies, turning ordinary desserts into extraordinary delights. It's the perfect way to add a touch of indulgence to this better-for-you sweet treat!
- Powdered sugar for sweetness and smooth texture.
- Vegan butter for richness and flavor.
- Vegan cream cheese for a creamy, tangy twist.
How To Make Healthy Coffee Cake
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375°F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper for easy cleanup. In a small bowl, create flax eggs by mixing flax seed meal and hot water. Let it sit for 2 minutes until a thick gel forms.
Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, blend together applesauce, melted vegan butter (or regular butter if preferred), almond milk, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and the flax seed mixture until smooth.
Step 3: Add oat flour and oats to the wet mixture, stirring until the batter achieves a smooth consistency.
Step 4: Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it evenly. Sprinkle the top with the cinnamon and coconut sugar filling. Add the remaining batter on top.
Step 5: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, prepare the streusel topping by combining coconut sugar, flour, oats, and melted vegan butter (or regular butter). Spread this topping evenly over the batter.
Step 6: Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the cake has risen and is golden brown.
Step 7: This step is optional. Create a cream cheese frosting by mixing powdered sugar, melted vegan butter, and vegan cream cheese (or regular cream cheese) until silky smooth. Drizzle it over the cooled cake before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Once cooled, store the Healthy Coffee Cake in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days to maintain freshness.
For a slice of warm goodness, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
Place the refrigerated coffee cake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until heated through.
Alternatively, microwave individual slices for 20-30 seconds until warm.
Tip: To maintain optimal texture and flavor, consider storing the streusel-topped coffee cake without the cream cheese frosting. Drizzle the frosting over individual slices just before serving for that freshly made taste.
Traditional coffee cake is made with loads of white sugar, flour, milk, and butter. This Healthy Coffee Cake takes a health-conscious approach by incorporating nutrient-rich alternatives and mindfully plant-based ingredient choices:
Unsweetened Applesauce: Acts as a natural sweetener and provides moisture, reducing the need for excess sugar and fats.
Vegan Butter or Coconut Oil: These substitutes offer a plant-based option, reducing saturated fats typically found in traditional butter.
Maple Syrup: A natural sweetener with a lower glycemic index compared to refined sugars, adding sweetness without the same spike in blood sugar.
Almond Milk or Oat Milk: Plant-based milk alternatives contribute to a dairy-free recipe, suitable for those with lactose intolerance or following a vegan lifestyle.
Oat Flour and Old-Fashioned Oats: Whole grain options that bring a hearty texture and provide additional fiber and nutrients compared to refined flours.
Flax Seed Meal: Used as an egg substitute, it adds omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, enhancing the nutritional profile.
Coconut Sugar: A less refined sweetener compared to traditional sugars, offering a lower glycemic index and a distinct, caramel-like flavor.
Cream Cheese Frosting (Optional): The optional frosting is made with vegan ingredients, reducing saturated fats and cholesterol, while still delivering a deliciously creamy texture.
By incorporating these healthier alternatives, this coffee cake aims to provide a more nutrient-dense and balanced treat without compromising on taste and indulgence.
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Healthy Coffee Cake
- loaf pan
- Large Mixing Bowl
- medium mixing bowl
- measuring cups and spoons
- a whisk
- parchment paper
- small mixing bowl
Healthy Coffee Cake Batter Ingredients
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tablespoon melted vegan butter or coconut oil
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup plain and unsweetened almond milk or oat milk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla `
- 2 tablespoon flax seed meal
- 4 tablespoon hot water
- 1 ¾ cup oat flour
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
Healthy Coffee Cake Filling
- 3 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
Healthy Coffee Cake Topping
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup oat flour or regular/gluten-free all purpose flour
- ¼ cup old fashioned oats
- 4 tablespoon melted vegan butter
Optional Cream Cheese Frosting
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoon melted vegan butter
- 2 tablespoon vegan cream cheese
Health Coffee Cake Instructions
- Begin by preheating the oven to 375. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Prepare your flax eggs in a small mixing bowl by mixing the flax seed meal and hot water together. Let this sit for 2 minutes until a thick gel forms.
- Next, prepare the batter. In a large mixing bowl, mix the applesauce, melted vegan butter, almond milk, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and flax seed meal mixture together until the mixture is smooth. Add the oat flour and oats and mix until the batter is smooth.
- Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and coconut sugar. Then, pour the rest of the batter on top.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, make the streusel topping by mixing the coconut sugar, flour, oats, and melted butter together. Pour this on top of the batter in the loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the loaf has completely risen and is golden brown.
- Option to make a cream cheese frosting to go on top of your healthy coffee cake. To do this, mix the powdered sugar, melted vegan butter, and vegan cream cheese together until silky smooth. Drizzle it over the loaf before serving.