A super easy and out-of-this-world delicious Fall (or anytime!) treat! Soft & fluffy, packed with apples and topped with a yummy Cinnamon Sugar Crumble... no one will guess it's gluten-free!
Apple Coffee Cake
A total crowd pleaser -- Perfect for breakfast, brunch, snack or dessert!
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Coffee cake is always a good idea, and this Apple Coffee out of this world!
Soft and fluffy, moist, packed with apples and so yummy!
We eat it for breakfast, serve it at brunch, snack on it after school and even it for dessert.
And if you are nice enough to share it with friends and family, no one will believe it’s gluten-free!
The recipe is based on my Mom’s Rhubarb Coffee Cake which we adore. It was a favorite growing up and we now make it gluten-free using GF Jules Flour (affiliate link) and every bite is as good as I remember… maybe even better.
This is essentially that recipe adapted for Fall (and the rest of the year!) with apples!
So if you’re loving apple season as much as we are or maybe even went apple picking and are overloaded with apples, I can’t recommend this enough!
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Back to the gluten-free Apple Coffee Cake….
The first thing you need to do is make your “buttermilk” (you could always purchase buttermilk and skip this step)
Add the apple cider vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, then add your milk of choice and let sit for 10 minutes while it curdles. Super simple!
Next I like to make the crumble and set it aside.
For the crumble, all you need is:
and chopped walnuts
Allergy friends: nuts are used only in the crumble, if allergic to walnuts, you could substitute pecans or if nut-free maybe oats or just use cinnamon sugar… lots of choices!
Then mix together the batter…
Start by creaming the butter and sugar. Then add in egg and vanilla.
Meanwhile mix together your dry ingredients… this both combines them and makes the flour finer which helps give the coffee cake great texture.
Then alternately mix in the buttermilk and flour mix.
The batter will be thick.
Stir in the apples, and that’s it!
A note on the apples.
I am often asked what kind of apples to use. You can use any apples you love but I happen to like granny smith with this recipe.
We like the tart apple with the cinnamon sugar crumble.
Then pour the batter into your baking pan and spread it evenly.
We like to place parchment paper in the pan so that it comes out easily when you serve it.
Then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar crumble all over the top, and bake!
Just look at this texture!
And look at all the apples!
This is a must make, especially during apple season.
We adapted my mom's rhubarb coffee cake recipe for Fall and made it with Apples! Soft and fluffy, moist, not too sweet, packed with juicy apples and out of this world delicious! This super easy recipe is perfect for breakfast, snacking, brunch or dessert!
Author: Healthy Gluten-Free Family
Recipe type: Dessert, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Gluten-free Vegetarian
Serves: 15 pieces
½ cup butter or dairy-free butter alternative, softened
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk (to make: add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, then add enough milk to make 1 cup total; let sit 10 minutes)
2 cups baking apples, skin removed & cut into approximately ½ inch cubes (you want slightly tart, not sweet, apples)
Cinnamon Sugar Crumble
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 x13 pan with parchment paper. (You could grease the pan but I like the parchment paper because then you can lift the entire coffee cake out and cut into perfect pieces)
Prepare the Cinnamon Sugar Crumble by combining all ingredients in small bowl and set aside.
Cream butter and brown sugar until well combined.
Mix in egg.
Add vanilla and mix to combine.
Combine flour, salt & baking soda in a medium bowl and mix with a pastry cutter, whisk or fork.
Add flour mixture and sour milk alternately into butter/sugar/egg mixture until well blended
Stir in apples.
Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.
Sprinkle crumble topping on top of cake batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until a knife comes out of center clean. I like to bake uncovered for 30 minutes, then cover with foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes so that it is well cooked in the center but topping doesn't over brown
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