Spiced Apple Coffee Cake {gluten free}

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


Spiced Apple Coffee Cake is a delicious grain free snack cake made with almond flour, apple cider vinegar, fresh apples, and warm spices! This recipe is also gluten free, dairy free friendly.



  • 1 2/3 cup Almond flour (or multi purpose GF flour if you don’t have almond flour. see notes)
  • 34 tbsp Tapioca flour or oat flour
  • 1/2 cup Coconut sugar or raw sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (Use 1/2 cup if you are using all-purpose gluten free flour)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce or plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup chopped apple plus extra apple for topping


  • optional apple slices or chopped apple 1/2 c
  • 23 tbsp melted butter or coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp raw sugar for topping
  • 4 tbsp almond flour or gluten free flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking pan (8×8 or 9×9) with parchment paper. See notes for baking in ramekins.
  2. In a large bowl, sift the flours together and then mix in the sugar, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla, and milk then gently mix the egg-milk mixture in with the dry mixture. Stir until smooth or use a hand mixer to blend until batter is consistent texture.
  4. Add the yogurt or applesauce, apple cider vinegar, spices to the bowl, and mix together.
  5. Fold in the chopped/diced apple. If batter is too dry, add more milk.
  6. Pour batter into lined baking dish. Optional thinly sliced apples on top. Set aside.
  7. In a small bowl, mix melted butter and sugar. Add flour and stir until combined, making a crumble like texture. Spread over apple cake mix in pan. This will not cover the whole pan so feel free to double if desired.
  8. Place in oven for 28 to 35 minutes (cover with foil after 20 minutes to prevent edges from browning). Bake until top is browned and flour is baked in center.
  9. Once cooked, place on a towel in fridge for 20 minutes; this just helps it set. You can reheat again before serving, if desired. Or serve with yogurt or ice cream after it’s cooled.
  10. Keep in refrigerator for 5-7 days or freeze in airtight container or ziplock for up to 3 months.



  • Coconut flour may be used in place of tapioca flour but texture and baking time with vary.
  • Don’t have baking dish? You can use a individual 6 ounce ramekins placed on baking sheet. Pour batter into each, about 2/3 way full. Cooking time will vary. Check at 20 minutes..
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: apple coffee cake, grain free, paleo-friendly, gluten free cake


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