by Olena

Healthy Coffee Cake

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Olena Osipov
5 from 13 votes

This super moist Healthy Coffee Cake combines wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and cinnamon with fresh berries, maple syrup, and crunchy textures from the oats and walnuts. This healthy cake is always a crowd-pleaser and no one will ever know it’s as healthy as it is easy!

Check out my other frozen berries recipes like blueberry oatmeal crumble barsquinoa breakfast bake, and healthy blueberry muffins. They’re all delicious and easy, perfect for breakfast, dessert, or snacks. Yes, cake for breakfast is definitely a thing when it’s this good for you!

Healthy Coffee Cake

Simple, Moist, and Healthy Coffee Cake

This spectacular healthy coffee cake is a marriage of all the best things in a dessert. A moist flavorful cake, thanks to the applesauce. A sweet, crisp topping of oats, nuts, and maple syrup. A luscious coconut milk drizzle that looks exactly like icing. Last, the sweet juicy berries add a burst of natural sweetness. All of this comes together in every mouthwatering bite. 

It’s the perfect dessert to bring to a potluck or to serve for dessert after a weeknight dinner with your family. It looks indulgent but no one will ever know how healthy it really is, or how easy it was to make. This, along with my healthy carrot cake and almond flour cake, means cake for breakfast in my books!

I have tested this healthy coffee cake recipe with spelt and whole wheat flours, and both cakes turned out amazing. haven’t tried with almond flour, but if that’s more your style, check out my almond flour carrot cake. I used only 1/2 cup of maple syrup per entire recipe, so it’s not overly sweet. Frozen berries are a perfect way to naturally sweeten quick bread, cakes, and muffins, which is great because frozen berries are usually the most convenient. I used a mix of these berries and local blueberries. Any frozen fruit would work but if you are making this healthy coffee cake recipe in summer, of course, go for fresh berries.

My family was all over it. It’s high in blood sugar balancing ingredients, so I was happy to give my boys a piece as an after-school snack every day! Either this or healthy chocolate cake. Both are totally guilt-free!

frozen berries in white bowl

Ingredients for Healthy Coffee Cake

For the cake

  • Dry: Whole wheat or spelt flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt.
  • Wet: Room temperature eggs, maple syrup, unsweetened applesauce, softened coconut oil.
  • Berries: Any fresh or frozen berries you prefer.

For the crumb topping

  • Oats: You can use quick or regular rolled oats.
  • Walnuts: Chop them coarsely for loads of crunchy texture.
  • Cinnamon: Pairs well with the maple syrup to give it a sweet flavorful topping. 
  • Salt: Discretely brings out the flavours of everything else.
  • Maple syrup: A natural way to add delicious maple sweetness.
  • Coconut oil: Made with good fats, it’s the perfect choice to use in this crispy topping.

For the Drizzle

  • Canned coconut milk: Full fat or light, will most likely only use the fat from the top.
  • Maple syrup: Because what’s icing without it?!

How to Make Healthy Blueberry Coffee Cake

  • Preheat the oven and grease an 8×8 square baking dish with coconut oil. This is where softened coconut oil comes in handy as well, it’s much easier to grease a dish with it.
  • Make the crumb topping by stirring together the oats, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt. Add the maple syrup and coconut oil and mix to combine. Set it aside until later on. 
  • Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Just give it a gentle mix, no need for sifting.
  • Mix wet ingredients in a separate large bowl starting with beating the eggs at high speed until fluffy. Then slowly add in the maple syrup. Follow this with the applesauce and then finally the coconut oil. When all liquids are fully combined, reduce the speed. Slowly add in the flour while still beating on low, but as soon as the batter is formed, turn off the mixer. 
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and lay the berries on top. Sprinkle with crumb topping you had set aside and bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let healthy coffee cake cool on a wire rack before adding the drizzle. Otherwise, it’ll melt right through!
  • Make icing: Whisk together the fat from the coconut milk and maple syrup and drizzle on top of cooled cake. Serve at room temperature and watch how quickly it disappears!
Healthy Coffee Cake close up

Tips for Slicing this Cake

The first time I cut the cake into 9 slices and found myself cutting a slice in half, which meant I could have cut them smaller in the first place. When I sliced 16 pieces, they were too small! I really depends on who you’re serving. If you’re bringing it a potluck, I would say 16 pieces is great, because you know everyone will be having a bit of everything. If you’re having it at home, then 9 pieces is the way to go. It is only 300 calories and 17 g of sugar per a giant piece. So, have your cake and eat it too!

How to Quickly Bring Eggs To Room Temperature

Needing to bring eggs to room temperature quickly is a life hack that will save so much time and stress. I know you’ve been in a position where you realize too late you were supposed to take your eggs out earlier, so you’re stuck with the decision as to whether you take the chance and use them cold, or hold off on making the recipe until later. Here’s a little trick. Place eggs in a bowl with hot water for 10 minutes. Seriously, that’s it!

How to Quickly Soften Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is pretty solidified in its natural state. Unless your house or kitchen is very hot and humid, you’ll notice your oil is solid. In a cold kitchen, it’s even more so! To soften it without melting it, place the oil you need in a glass jar. Place that jar in a bowl with hot water for just a few minutes. It should be soft like butter.

FAQs

Can I make this healthy coffee cake recipe ahead of time?

Definitely! You can make it up to 4 days before, as long as you keep it covered in the refrigerator.

Why is there no coffee in coffee cake?

I can see where this could get confusing! A coffee cake, here in North America anyway, is actually a cake that is traditionally served WITH coffee. It’s an umbrella term for all kinds of different types of cakes.

Can I omit the berries from this recipe?

You can make this healthy coffee cake recipe to however suits you. Just keep in mind, the berries add immense flavor and a touch of sweetness, so it will change the taste of the cake.

Can I use honey in place of maple syrup in this healthy coffee cake?

You can! Using raw honey also has many health benefits and is a natural sweetener.

If I choose to use frozen berries, do I need to defrost them first?

Nope!

Tips for Success

  • A cake pan, angel food cake pan, or bundt cake pan will also work if you don’t have a proper-sized baking dish.
  • Feel free to omit the drizzle completely if you don’t want it.
  • Use any frozen fruit. Mango, figs, and pineapple would be great!
  • I break the walnut halves into pieces with my hands, but you could also coarsely chop with a knife.
  • If using full fat coconut milk DO NOT SHAKE the can. The thick cream at the top is what gives the drizzle its thicker texture. You can then use a Tbsp of any milk or water to create a thinner consistency perfect for drizzling.
  • Some brands of coconut milk need to be in the fridge (Thai Kitchen, for example) for the cream to accumulate on top. Either that or place the amount of coconut milk you’re using in the fridge up to 15 minutes before using.
  • Do not dilute light coconut milk. It’s thin enough, so placing it in the fridge for 15 minutes may help thicken it up.

How to Store and Freeze Healthy Coffee Cake

Store: Keep covered in an airtight container in the fridge up to 4 days.

Freeze: This healthy blueberry coffee cake freezes very well! If you have leftovers, make sure it’s cooled completely before freezing for up to a few months.

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Healthy Coffee Cake

Healthy Coffee Cake

This super moist Healthy Coffee Cake combines wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and cinnamon with fresh berries, maple syrup, and crunchy textures from the oats and walnuts.
5 from 13 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil softened + 2 tsp for greasing, at room temperature
  • 2 cups whole wheat or spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups any berries fresh or frozen

Crumb Topping:

Drizzle:

  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk light or full fat
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 8 x 8 square baking dish with 2 tsp coconut oil. Cake pan, angel food cake pan or a bundt cake pan work as well. Set aside.
  • Make crumb topping: Stir together oats, walnuts, cinnamon and salt. Add maple syrup and coconut oil, and mix until combined. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs with a mixer on high speed until fluffy, about 2 – 3 minutes. Slowly add maple syrup, then applesauce and finally coconut oil, continuing to mix with a mixer. When all liquids are well combined, reduce speed to low and slowly add flour. Stop mixing as soon as batter forms.
  • Pour batter into greased pan, lay berries on top, sprinkle with reserved crumb topping and bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cake cool on a wire rack for about 1 hour (so drizzle doesn't melt).
  • While cake is baking, in a small bowl, whisk together coconut milk and maple syrup. Drizzle on top of cooled cake otherwise drizzle will melt. Serve at room temperature.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 4 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to a few months.

    Notes

    • To bring eggs to room temperature quickly, place in a bowl with hot water for 10 minutes.
    • To soften coconut oil, I place it in a glass jar, in a bowl with hot water for a few minutes. You don’t want coconut oil to melt, just to soften like butter.
    • Any frozen fruit like mango, figs or pineapple can be used.
    • I break walnut halves into pieces by squishing them hard in my hands.
    • If using full fat coconut milk DO NOT shake the can. Use the cream on top and add a tbsp or two of any milk or water to make it easier to drizzle.
    • Some brands of milk, like Thai Kitchen, need to be placed in the fridge overnight to have that cream accumulate on top. You can do that or place whatever amount you want to drizzle in a small bowl in the fridge for 15 minutes to thicken before drizzling.
    • If using light milk, do not dilute with extra milk or water and place in the fridge for 15 minutes before drizzling, it should thicken a bit.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1slice | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 5 stars
      I made it with frozen raspberries and honey (because I didn’t have maple syrup) and the end result was amazing!!! Only thing is that even using the coconut fat only, the drizzle just melted into the cake. Maybe it was too warm?

    2. 5 stars
      Thanks for the great recipe! I ended up using a mix of spelt and wheat and didn’t add the glaze but otherwise as written. Turned out so delicious!

    3. 5 stars
      This is another winner! I made it last night and it’s delicious! I love it. I had all the ingredients in my kitchen. The only thing I needed to buy was the coconut milk. I’ll definitely be making this again and again!

      1. Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed the recipe, Christina! Don’t be shy to leave a star review for any recipe you make!

    4. 5 stars
      Another delicious dessert recipe that received rave reviews. Thanks so much Olena! This recipe was quite forgiving as well because for some reason I forgot to add the coconut oil to the batter until I was just about to pour the berry mixture over it! I mixed it in for what seemed like too long a time but it still turned out great. Thanks again.

    5. 5 stars
      I made this Healthy Coffee Cake this morning using frozen, organic blueberries, and without the “drizzle.” It was excellent!!!! One of the most satisfying recipes I’ve tried without added sugar. Also, it stuck to our ribs; I was not hungry at lunch time, which almost never happens. I recommend this recipe highly.

    6. 5 stars
      I made this for Thanksgiving morning, we all loved it! My only question is how did you get the icing to thicken on top? Mine was full fat but still very runny and just soaked right into the cake. I will make this again for sure!

      1. You know, I just thought about it and I remembered I didn’t shake the can. I used the cream on top of the can, that’s why it was so thick. I will add it to the recipe. Sorry for a minor ooops.:)

    7. I’m going to be stalking your page consistently again now that I can eat food outside of bread and butter! I’m trying this one for sure and your tex mex spaghetti squash is in the oven as we speak. I’ve missed your dishes so much!!

    8. 5 stars
      Seriously this is the best. I am enjoying a piece now with my coffee. I don’t know how there is any topping left because I could not stop picking if off when I took it out of the oven. I met you in the middle and did 12 pieces. Chicken spaghetti Wednesday so I’ll report back! Thanks again!

      1. Haha. Good, huh?! My husband can’t stop either, I had to freeze some cause I gained a pound in the last month lol. Let me know about the chicken.:)

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