Delicious and Nutritious: Vegan Coffee Cake Recipe

Dear coffee lovers,

I am thrilled to share with you all today’s recipe – a healthy coffee cake that is both vegan and delicious! This cake is perfect for any coffee break, whether it’s a mid-morning pick-me-up or an afternoon treat.

You may be thinking, “healthy and cake? That doesn’t sound right!” But I’m here to tell you that it is possible to indulge in sweet treats without sacrificing your wellness goals. By using wholesome and nutritious ingredients, we can transform the traditional coffee cake into a nourishing and scrumptious dessert.

One of the reasons I’m so excited about this recipe is that it’s vegan. Veganism is becoming increasingly popular for ethical, environmental, and health reasons. Many studies have shown the benefits of plant-based diets, such as decreased risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. By creating this vegan coffee cake recipe, I hope to spread awareness of how easy and tasty it is to adopt a plant-based lifestyle.

In this recipe article, I’ll walk you through each step of making this healthy coffee cake, including substitutions and variations to make it customizable according to your preferences. So brew yourself a nice hot cup of joe, grab a pen and paper, and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Healthy Coffee Cake (Vegan)
Healthy Coffee Cake (Vegan)

Are you looking for a delicious and healthy coffee cake that satisfies your sweet tooth and keeps you energized throughout the day? Look no further than this vegan coffee cake recipe!

Firstly, this recipe uses wholesome ingredients such as oats, whole wheat flour, and unsweetened applesauce instead of oil, making it oil-free and low in fat. This means that you can indulge in a slice (or two) without any guilt.

Secondly, this cake is gluten-free adaptable, so whether you need to avoid gluten or not, this recipe has got you covered. You can use gluten-free flours like oat flour or almond flour in place of the whole wheat flour to make it gluten-free.

Thirdly, this vegan coffee cake is incredibly easy to make. The recipe calls for just one bowl and minimal equipment, meaning less cleaning up after baking.

And last but not least, this coffee cake is suitable for vegans or those with dairy sensitivities. No milk or eggs are used in this recipe, instead non-dairy alternatives such as almond milk and distilled white vinegar are used.

So there you have it! A healthy and delicious vegan coffee cake that’s easy to make and adaptable to suit your dietary needs. Once you’ve tried making this recipe, trust me, it won’t be long before it becomes your go-to dessert for every occasion!

Ingredient List

 Wake up your taste buds with this scrumptious and guilt-free coffee cake.
Wake up your taste buds with this scrumptious and guilt-free coffee cake.

To get started with this vegan and healthy coffee cake, you’ll need to gather the following ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups oat flour (you can make your own by blending oats until finely ground)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

Wet Ingredients and Others:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk (almond milk or coconut milk work well)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons arrowroot starch

Note that all these ingredients are vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free, making them an excellent option for people with dietary restrictions who want to indulge in this delicious treat.

The Recipe How-To

 This vegan coffee cake is the perfect way to start your day on a wholesome note.
This vegan coffee cake is the perfect way to start your day on a wholesome note.

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

Before starting, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, prepare an 8×8 inch square baking dish by lightly coating it with cooking spray or lining it with parchment paper.

Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup of whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup of almond flour, 1/2 cup of oat flour, 3/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 tsp of baking soda, 1/4 tsp of baking powder, and 1/2 tsp of salt until well-combined.

Step 3: Mix Wet Ingredients

In a separate mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of non-dairy milk (such as almond milk or coconut milk) with 2 tbsp of distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes until the mixture curdles and thickens. Then add in 3/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 2 tsp of vanilla extract and stir until fully blended.

Step 4: Combine & Fold

Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients gradually while stirring softly. Use silicone spatula to fold in until moistened.

Step 5: Bake

Mix the crumble topping ingredients in a small bowl until formed clump. Then sprinkle it on top of the batter you place inside the baking pan. Place it in the preheated oven and bake for around 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean.

Finally, let the cake cool off for 10 minutes inside the pan, then serve and enjoy your warm Vegan Coffee Cake!

Substitutions and Variations

 Nothing beats the aroma of freshly-baked coffee cake wafting from the oven.
Nothing beats the aroma of freshly-baked coffee cake wafting from the oven.

Looking to switch things up with your coffee cake recipe? There are a variety of substitutions and variations that you can try to make this vegan coffee cake recipe truly your own.

First off, if you’re gluten-free, you can easily swap out the whole wheat flour in this recipe for an equal amount of oat flour or almond flour. You can also use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend if you have it on hand.

Another simple substitution is using a different type of vinegar. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, you can use distilled white vinegar instead. Don’t worry about the vinegar making your cake taste sour; it reacts with the baking soda in the recipe to help the cake rise.

If you don’t have unsweetened applesauce, feel free to replace it with mashed bananas or pumpkin puree. Remember that these substitutions may change the flavor profile of your coffee cake slightly, so be sure to consider these options when choosing which substitutions to make.

For a richer, more decadent coffee cake, you can add chopped nuts or chocolate chips to the batter. Adding sliced apples or pears on top of the batter before baking is another delicious option.

Finally, if you want to make your coffee cake oil-free, consider using arrowroot starch instead. This simple swap will produce a moist and fluffy crumb, without any added oil.

With so many substitutions and variations available for this vegan coffee cake recipe, your taste buds will never get bored!

Serving and Pairing

 Who needs eggs and dairy when you can make delicious vegan coffee cake that's healthier, yummier and cruelty-free?
Who needs eggs and dairy when you can make delicious vegan coffee cake that’s healthier, yummier and cruelty-free?

Once you’ve baked this delicious healthy coffee cake, it’s time to serve and pair it with some complementary flavors. This vegan coffee cake goes well with a warm cup of coffee, but you can also serve it as a dessert after dinner.

For a breakfast treat, try pairing your slices of healthy coffee cake with non-dairy yogurt or fresh berries on top. The sweet cinnamon taste of the cake pairs perfectly with the tangy yogurt or acidity from the fruit.

If you’re looking for an indulgent dessert, serve your coffee cake topped with homemade vegan whipped cream and some caramel drizzle. With so many variations and possibilities, this healthy coffee cake recipe is sure to satisfy any craving.

Try experimenting with different toppings and beverages to find the perfect pairing for a scrumptious dessert or breakfast treat. Whatever way you choose to enjoy it, this vegan coffee cake will bring joy and satisfaction to your taste buds!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sink your teeth into the moist, fluffy and nutty goodness of this vegan coffee cake.
Sink your teeth into the moist, fluffy and nutty goodness of this vegan coffee cake.

This healthy coffee cake recipe can easily be made ahead of time to save you time in the morning. You can store it for up to three days at room temperature or in the fridge for up to a week.

To increase the shelf life, wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before storing it in an airtight container. This will help prevent the cake from drying out and going stale.

When reheating your baked coffee cake, you have several options. If you prefer a moist, soft texture, then reheating it in the microwave is an excellent choice. Simply microwave each slice for ten seconds at a time until it reaches your desired temperature.

Another option is to reheat the cake in the oven. Set the oven temperature to 325 Fahrenheit and bake the slices for approximately ten minutes or until they’re warm enough.

If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your leftovers, then add some toppings to your warmed slices. A dollop of whipped coconut cream or some vegan ice cream would take this coffee cake up a notch!

Overall, knowing how to make-ahead, store, and reheat your healthy vegan coffee cake will make your mornings easier, especially if you’re always on-the-go. Just make sure to store it correctly and choose your preferred reheating method to enjoy its deliciousness any time of day!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Whether it's breakfast, dessert or a snack, this coffee cake fits the bill perfectly.
Whether it’s breakfast, dessert or a snack, this coffee cake fits the bill perfectly.

To make sure the healthy coffee cake turns out perfectly every time, follow these simple tips. Firstly, be mindful not to overmix the ingredients in the batter. Overmixing can make the cake dense and dry. Mix only until all ingredients are just combined, and be sure not to over mix.

Secondly, use room temperature non-dairy milk when making the batter. This will ensure that all the ingredients mix effectively and improve the texture of the cake.

Thirdly, allow the healthy coffee cake to cool completely before slicing it. Since this is a vegan cake, it may need a longer cooling period as opposed to a traditional cake. Once it has cooled down, you can slice and serve it easily.

Fourthly, try not to open the oven door while baking the cake. Opening an oven door may cause cold air to enter and result in an uneven bake.

Fifthly, if you’re using a convection oven as opposed to a regular one, bake at 25 degrees Fahrenheit lower than what’s indicated in the recipe instructions. Doing so will prevent overcooking or dryness in the vegan cake.

Lastly, don’t fret if your crumble feels too dry at first. It’s okay to add more non-dairy milk or oil free applesauce until your mixture becomes wet and sticks together.

With these helpful tips under your belt, you’ll have no trouble creating a delicious vegan gluten-free healthy coffee cake time and time again!


Now, before we wrap up this recipe, I’d like to go over some frequently asked questions that might help you as you try out this wonderful recipe. If you have any further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

Can I replace milk with coffee in cake?

If you’re looking to give your baked goods an extra kick of flavor, consider adding brewed coffee to your recipe. It can replace some or all of the liquid ingredients, such as water or milk, and will add a subtle yet delicious richness to your treats. Try it out in cakes, brownies, muffins, or any other baked goods recipe you love!

Why is my vegan cake so dense?

If your cake comes out dense, it could be a result of using the wrong egg substitute or over mixing the batter which leads to excessive gluten formation. Additionally, if your oven isn’t preheated to the right temperature, it may not bake the cake evenly.

Why is my vegan cake not fluffy?

The absence of eggs in vegan cake recipes can contribute to a denser texture compared to regular cakes, as eggs are often utilized to create a lighter and fluffier consistency.

Can I replace coffee for the water in a cake mix?

If you’re looking to take your chocolate baked goods to the next level, try swapping out water for coffee in your recipe. The addition of coffee can enhance the flavor and make it even more delicious.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

What makes coffee cakes unique compared to other cakes is their streusel topping and simple glaze rather than frosting. They often have added flavors such as fruit, nuts, or chocolate, and some even have a swirl of streusel baked inside.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this healthy coffee cake recipe is not just delicious, but it’s also vegan and gluten-free. With the perfect balance of sweetness from brown sugar and cinnamon, and a moist texture thanks to the combination of oat and almond flour, this coffee cake is bound to become one of your favorites.

Not only is this recipe healthy and easy to make, but it’s also versatile. You can customize it to your liking by swapping out ingredients or adjusting the proportions. Plus, it pairs well with a good cup of coffee or tea.

Whether you’re aiming for a gluten-free or vegan diet or simply seeking a healthier dessert option, this recipe has got you covered. So go ahead and treat yourself to a slice of this delicious and nutritious coffee cake. You won’t regret it!

Healthy Coffee Cake (Vegan)

Healthy Coffee Cake (Vegan) Recipe

Oil free and vegan, healthier version of coffee cake.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 9 slices
Calories 162.5 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar or 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 inch baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, erythritol or sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add in the almond milk, vanilla extract, applesauce, and vinegar until the batter is uniform and no pockets of flour remain. Take care not to over stir. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and set aside.
  • In the same bowl (we don't like dirtying extra dishes here), combine all the ingredients for the streusel topping and stir until completely incorporated, Sprinkle over the cake batter and gentry swirl using a knife.
  • Bake in the oven at 350°F for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool and devour.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 56gCalories: 162.5kcalCarbohydrates: 35.4gProtein: 3.3gFat: 1.4gSaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 273.1mgFiber: 2.7gSugar: 19.7g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breakfast, Brunch, Vegan
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