Delicious Apple Coffee Cake Recipe to Try at Home

Are you looking for a healthy and delicious way to kickstart your morning routine? Look no further than this healthy apple coffee cake recipe, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without compromising on taste or nutrition.

This recipe was created by none other than Laura Goodenough, a self-taught home cook and food blogger with a passion for creating wholesome meals and treats. With a combination of nutrient-rich ingredients like oats, whole wheat flour, and unsweetened applesauce, this apple coffee cake is the perfect guilt-free indulgence.

Not only is this recipe packed with good-for-you ingredients, but it’s also incredibly versatile. Whether you’re gluten-free or following a paleo diet, there are plenty of substitutions and variations to make this recipe work for you.

So why settle for boring old oatmeal when you can start your day off with a delicious slice of this healthy apple coffee cake? Keep reading to find out more about what makes this recipe so special.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Healthy (Ier) Apple Coffee Cake
Healthy (Ier) Apple Coffee Cake

Are you in search of a coffee cake recipe that not only satiates your taste buds but also keeps you fit? Look no further! This healthy apple coffee cake recipe is perfect for those who want to indulge in something delicious without feeling guilty about their health.

This recipe uses whole wheat flour, oats, and unsweetened applesauce instead of all-purpose flour and sugar, making it a much healthier option without compromising on taste. The cinnamon streusel topping adds a crunch to the cake that will leave you wanting more.

But what really sets this recipe apart is the use of tart apples – with their natural sourness, they add an extra layer of flavor that compliments the sweetness of the cake. Plus, this recipe features substitutions and variations for those with dietary restrictions like paleo or gluten-free diets.

This healthy apple coffee cake made by Laura Goodenough is truly unique and bursting with flavor. Whether you’re baking it for brunch, breakfast, or dessert- this homemade delight is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Trust me; your family will come back for seconds!

Ingredient List

 Savor each bite of this delicious and healthy apple coffee cake!
Savor each bite of this delicious and healthy apple coffee cake!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious and healthy apple coffee cake:

  • 2 cups oats

  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 2 cups apples, peeled and chopped

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 6 tablespoons margarine, melted

For a gluten-free version of this recipe, you can use almond flour instead of all-purpose flour. You can also substitute honey for the sugar in the cake recipe and use coconut oil instead of margarine.

This apple coffee cake is made with tart apples that are peeled and cored. You will need approximately five cups of chopped tart apples for this recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 A perfect way to enjoy a cozy autumn morning.
A perfect way to enjoy a cozy autumn morning.

Step One: Preheat the Oven and Prepare Your Pan

Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C) for at least 10 minutes. Then, grease an 8×8-inch baking dish with margarine or cooking spray.

Step Two: Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup of oats, ¾ cup of whole wheat flour, ½ cup of all-purpose flour, ½ cup of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons of baking powder until well combined.

Step Three: Combine Wet Ingredients and Apples

Next, stir in 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 1 large egg, and a pinch of salt until fully incorporated. Fold in 2 cups of peeled and diced tart apples.

Step Four: Create the Streusel Topping

Combine ⅓ cup each of brown sugar and all-purpose flour with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Work in 4 tablespoons of chilled margarine using a pastry cutter or fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in ½ cup chopped pecans.

Step Five: Assemble the Cake

Spread half the batter in your prepared baking dish. Top with half the streusel mixture, pressing it gently into the batter. Cover with the other half of the cake batter and sprinkle with remaining topping.

Step Six: Bake the Cake

Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy a delicious slice of this healthy apple coffee cake!

Substitutions and Variations

 The aroma of cinnamon and apple will instantly put you in a good mood.
The aroma of cinnamon and apple will instantly put you in a good mood.

When it comes to making this healthy apple coffee cake recipe, there are many substitutions and variations you can make to tailor the recipe to your liking. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Gluten-free: To make this apple coffee cake gluten-free, simply substitute the all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour for almond flour or your favorite gluten-free flour blend. You may need to adjust the amounts slightly as different flours absorb liquid differently.

– Vegan: For a vegan version of this recipe, you can replace the egg with a flaxseed egg (1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water) or a chia seed egg (1 tablespoon of chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water). You can also use vegan margarine in place of regular margarine and substitute the honey for maple syrup or another vegan sweetener.

– Crumb topping: If you want an extra crunchy and sweet topping, you could add some brown sugar and chopped pecans to your streusel mixture. Or for a healthier version, try substituting the margarine for coconut oil and adding some oats to the mix.

– Apples: While tart apples work best for baking, any variety of apple will do. If you prefer sweeter apples, try using Fuji or Gala instead of Granny Smith.

– Coffee cake: If you’re not a fan of apple, you could substitute with another fruit such as berries or peaches. You could also omit the fruit entirely and turn this into a classic cinnamon crumb cake.

No matter what substitutions or variations you make, this healthy apple coffee cake is sure to be a delicious treat that everyone will enjoy.

Serving and Pairing

 Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too? This one is good for you!
Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? This one is good for you!

Serving a slice of this healthy apple coffee cake alongside a steamy cup of joe is the perfect way to jumpstart your day. The warm aroma and delectable taste of cinnamon and apples make it an excellent choice for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

For those looking to elevate their experience, I recommend serving this cake with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The creamy sweetness pairs perfectly with the tangy tartness of the apples.

This healthy apple coffee cake is also an excellent option for a dessert spread at gatherings and parties. The moist sponge cake, cinnamon streusel, and sweet apples make for a crowd-pleasing treat that will have your guests coming back for seconds.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing this cake with a hot cup of Irish apple cider or a creamy latte. These delightful beverage combinations enhance the flavors in the cake and take it to the next level.

Whether you’re enjoying it alone or sharing it with friends, this healthy apple coffee cake is sure to please your taste buds and fill you up with wholesome goodness.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Add a little sweetness to your day with this apple coffee cake recipe.
Add a little sweetness to your day with this apple coffee cake recipe.

This healthy apple coffee cake recipe is an ideal make-ahead dessert that you can store and reheat easily. It’s perfect for those who want to have a quick breakfast or snack option without compromising on taste or health.

To make the cake ahead of time, wrap it tightly in foil or plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days. When you’re ready to reheat, simply place the wrapped cake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Another option for storing this cake is to freeze it. Wrap the entire cake or individual slices tightly in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer-safe container. This way, you can keep the cake for up to two months.

To thaw the frozen cake, remove it from the container while still wrapped and place it in the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed, you can reheat following the instructions above.

When reheating, be sure not to overdo it as it may dry out the cake. Also, avoid using a microwave as this may affect the texture and flavor of the cake.

This healthy apple coffee cake recipe is perfect for those who are always on-the-go but still want to indulge in something sweet and flavorful. With proper storage and reheating, you can easily enjoy this delightful dessert whenever you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect pairing for your morning cup of joe.
The perfect pairing for your morning cup of joe.

To achieve a perfect healthy apple coffee cake, here are some of the useful tips that you can keep in mind during baking:

Firstly, make sure you measure your wet and dry ingredients accurately. Even a slight misstep in measurement could affect the texture of the cake.

Another important precaution is to not overmix the batter. Mix the ingredients in slowly and gently to prevent gluten formation, which could lead to a dense cake.

When topping the cake with streusel or crumble, refrain from packing it too tightly. This would allow the air to circulate and help it bake evenly.

In addition, do not open the oven door frequently during baking as this can cause temperature fluctuations, which can hinder a uniform bake.

Lastly, allow the cake to cool off completely before slicing into it because cutting into it while still hot can result in a crumbly mess.

By keeping these simple tips in mind, you will be able to make the perfect healthy apple coffee cake without any trouble!


Now that you have learned how to make this delicious and healthy apple coffee cake, you may have some questions on how to perfect the recipe. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about this recipe, along with my expert advice and solutions.

How many calories are in an apple coffee cake?

The nutritional content of various coffee types vary depending on their ingredients and preparation methods. Some common elements to consider include calorie count, sodium, potassium, total carbohydrate and dietary fiber. These factors may affect how a person experiences coffee and their overall health.

What are the best apples for baking an apple cake?

Achieving an exceptional apple cake involves utilizing different variations of apples to provide a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. A combination of sweet, sour, crunchy, and smooth apples is critical to producing an apple cake that will give you the most bang for your buck. In case you have a preference for a sharper taste, the Honeycrisp and Granny Smith varieties make an excellent fusion, whereas Gala or Fuji adds more sweetness to the cake.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

What makes coffee cakes unique is their distinctive streusel topping and the absence of frosting, which sets them apart from other types of cakes. Often, they contain a flavorful swirl of streusel or are stuffed with delicious fillings such as fruits, nuts or chocolate. Though a glaze may be present, it’s usually not enough to mask the signature streusel layer that makes coffee cakes so enticing.

How to make apple cake Mary Berry?

For making a delicious and fluffy cake, you’ll need 225 grams or 8 ounces of baking spread straight from the fridge, along with some extra for greasing. You will also need the same amount of caster sugar and self-raising flour, as well as 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Four large free-range beaten eggs will be required for binding the ingredients together. To add some fruity sweetness, you can use two peeled, cored, and grated eating apples. Finally, you can dust some icing sugar on top of the cake for decoration.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this healthy apple coffee cake recipe is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and nutritious treat. With its blend of wholesome ingredients such as oats, whole wheat flour, and unsweetened applesauce, it’s the perfect recipe for health-conscious coffee lovers.

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it’s also versatile, allowing for substitutions and variations that can cater to individual dietary preferences. Whether you’re gluten-free or following a paleo diet, there’s always a way to make this delicious apple coffee cake recipe work for you.

So why not give it a try? Whip up a batch of this scrumptious cake and enjoy the delectable aroma and taste of fresh baked apples and cinnamon. Top it off with some whipped cream or pair it with your favorite coffee brew, and bask in the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve made something that’s both healthy and delicious!

In essence, this healthy apple coffee cake recipe is a great choice for anyone looking to indulge in something sweet without sacrificing their health goals. What are you waiting for? Get your baking gear on and start creating this sumptuous treat today!

Healthy (Ier) Apple Coffee Cake

Healthy (Ier) Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

I love coffee cake, and I love apple, so this is the perfect combination! Adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and also other recipezaar recipes.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Healthy/American
Calories 183.3 kcal


For cake

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped or diced apples (About 2 Apples, I leave skin on)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup sugar (more or less depending on the sweetness of the Apple)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

For topping

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon margarine (I use Smart Balance Light)
  • 1/4 cup oats (or 1 granola bar, finely chopped)


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Using 'cake' part of ingredients: In a small bowl, stir the flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Using a food processor, chop up the apples.
  • In a large bowl, combine apples, egg, egg white, sugar, and applesauce. Stir together until blended. Fold the dry ingredients to bowl, until combined.
  • Pour entire batter into a sprayed 9x9 (or 9-inch round) pan.
  • Using 'topping' ingredients: Stir together brown sugar, flours, cinnamon, and softened margarine. Then add in oats or granola and spread evenly on top of batter. NOTE: When I bake this, I use either a package (2 bars) of Nature Valley Oats 'n Honey granola, or Kashi crunchy Almond granola bars. I take the bars and run them through the food processor. Make a delicious and crunchy topping.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 64gCalories: 183.3kcalCarbohydrates: 37.9gProtein: 4.2gFat: 2.5gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 23.5mgSodium: 236.8mgFiber: 3.1gSugar: 20g
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