|Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Grain & Dairy Free)|
I am going to be so bold as to say, this is one of my favorite recipes I've ever created. Partly, because I'm proud of myself—grain-free baking isn't easy! But after several years of experimentation, I think I've found a basic formula that creates a wonderfully tender, moist crumb. And by crumb, I also mean the thick warm layers of crumble in the middle and atop this bakester-piece (too far?).
Coffee cake has always been one of my favorite treats. When I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch in high school, I treated myself to a Caramel Latte and a piece of Lemon Pound Cake or a thick wedge of Coffee Cake...metabolism, I miss you. As I slowly gleaned knowledge about health in college, I gave up my Starbucks treats, but not my love of pastry.
To me, desserts or treats like coffee cake are so much greater than the sum of their sugary parts. They're a gathering point, a way of creating community over something homemade and indulgent. Holiday mornings at my parents' often include cinnamon rolls or a loaf of buttery banana bread because they herald a special day, one worthy of celebration and remembrance. It's not about eating something "bad" for you.
So why not keep everything that is wonderful and sentimental about this tradition, but make it a little healthier? This Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake is full of healthy protein, fiber and nutrients. It's completely free from refined sugar, and it uses only the highest quality ingredients like pastured eggs and omega 3-rich walnuts. But I promise you, it's just as delicious as anything you can find at a local bakery.
We enjoy this for breakfast warmed in the oven with grassfed butter or melted coconut butter, but it is also incredible as dessert with melting vanilla ice cream or an afternoon snack, cold with hot tea or coffee. Any way you choose, make sure to sit down next to someone you love and enjoy it mindfully. As good as this cake is, you'll remember a special conservation far longer than any food.
Almond Flour: Honeyville Blanched Almond Meal Flour
Coconut Flour: Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour
Vanilla Powder: Terrasoul Superfoods Vanilla Bean Powder
Maple Sugar: A&A Pure Maple Sugar