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Healthier Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Gluten Free)

This apple cinnamon coffee cake is a better-for-you autumn treat! It’s gluten free, lower in sugar, and sure to please everyone.

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I love apple based baked goods in the fall when apples are in season. There is nothing cozier than the smell of warm apples and cinnamon in the oven! Apple pie, apple crisp, apple cobbler…I’ll take them all!

This apple cinnamon coffee cake is a twist on classic coffee cake. The two are similar in their quick bread “cake” base and delicious streusel topping. But, this version is a little more unique!

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First, there is lemon zest in the cake batter, which adds such a delicious and light flavor. Also, you’ll layer sliced apples underneath the cinnamon streusel topping. The apples get so soft and sweet when they bake! I used Mac apples from Yes! Apples – they came straight from the orchards in New York. This variety is perfectly sweet and tart, and great for baking.

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What makes this apple cinnamon coffee cake healthier?

  • No butter. We replaced butter with applesauce and non-fat plain Greek style yogurt in this recipe. This significantly cuts back on the saturated fat content in this treat.
  • Gluten free. This recipe is perfectly safe for those with a gluten allergy or intolerance! Almond flour stands in for regular white flour. It provides more protein, healthy fats, and fiber than refined white flour. The healthy fats and fiber in almond flour prevent the sugars in your treat from being absorbed too quickly into the blood, so it is better for blood sugar levels.
  • Lower added sugar. This recipe calls for 3/4 cup of total added sugars: 1/2 cup of maple syrup in the cake, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar in the streusel topping. This is much less than the sugar content in traditional coffee cake recipes!
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How to make apple cinnamon coffee cake

  • Prepare cake batter and pour into a baking pan.
  • Thinly slice apples and layer them on top of the cake batter.
  • Prepare the streusel topping and sprinkle over the apples.
  • Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
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Healthier Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour
  • Total Time: -5 minute
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: dessert, breakfast

Description

This apple cinnamon coffee cake is a better-for-you autumn treat! It’s gluten free, lower in sugar, and sure to please everyone.


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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek style yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Yes! Apples Mac apples, thinly sliced

Streusel topping

  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, solid
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8″x8″ baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together almond flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together applesauce, yogurt, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, and lemon zest until well combined with no lumps.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and mix together. 
  5. Pour cake batter into the prepared baking dish. 
  6. Layer apple slices evenly over the cake batter. 
  7. Use a fork to mash together all the streusel topping ingredients in a bowl. Mixture should be crumbly.
  8. Use your hands to sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the apple slices.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour, until cake is not jiggy when moved, and a toothpick comes out clean in the center. Edges will be nicely browned to a deep caramel color. 
  10. Let cool completely before slicing into 16 squares. 


Notes

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 

Keywords: apple cinnamon coffee cake, healthy coffee cake, apple cinnamon, gluten free baking, gluten free, almond flour

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Coconut Chai Spiced Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This coconut chai spiced granola is crazy flavorful and downright addicting. If you love chai tea, this recipe will blow your mind!

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Granola is officially one of my favorite things to make myself. There are certain store bought brands that I love, but homemade definitely takes the cake.

This coconut chai spiced granola recipe is the third granola recipe I’ve shared on the blog, and I think it might take the cake. Ben proclaimed that this recipe is the best one yet without hesitation. It has tons of chai spiced flavor, thanks to cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves. Combined with rich coconut and caramel-y dates, I just can’t get enough.

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How to make coconut chai spiced granola

  • Mix oats, shredded coconut, slivered almonds, and spices together in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix together coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir to combine.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Let granola cool completely to harden, then use your hands to break into pieces.
  • Toss in chopped dates with the cooked granola.
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Tips for making this coconut chai spiced granola

  • Use old fashioned rolled oats. Quick and steel cut oats do not provide the right texture for granola, so make sure you are using old fashioned rolled oats.
  • Bake low and slow. We bake this granola at a lower temperature (325 degrees F) to prevent burning while it bakes for ~30 minutes.
  • Don’t mix the granola while it is baking. Spread the granola into one large “sheet” and don’t mix it! Baking at a lower temperature prevents burning, and by not mixing the granola, it allows us to have those giant clusters.
  • Let granola cool completely before breaking into clusters. The granola will harden as it sits and cools, so wait until it is room temperature to break it up into clusters.
  • Store in a wide, shallow airtight container. Carefully layer the big granola clusters in a wide, shallow container instead of a tall, narrow one to maintain the structure.
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Coconut Chai Spiced Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: makes about 6 cups 1x
  • Category: breakfast

Description

This coconut chai spiced granola is crazy flavorful and downright addicting. If you love chai tea, this recipe will blow your mind!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, almonds, coconut, spices, and salt. Stir together.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and stir to thoroughly combine. 
  5. Spread granola into one even layer on the baking sheet.
  6. Baked for 30-35 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until edges start to brown and granola is an overall golden brown shade.
  7. Let granola cool to room temperature, then use your hands to break it into large clusters.
  8. Toss with chopped dates.


Notes

  • Store in a wide, shallow airtight container.

Keywords: chai spiced granola, homemade granola, chai spice, vegan, gluten free

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Cinnamon Sourdough French Toast with Sautéed Cinnamon Apples

What’s on your Fall To-Do List? Things I want to accomplish this season include apple picking, drinking tea, lots of baking, reducing clutter in my home and making warming breakfasts on chilly mornings. You guys know I usually love to have a hot bowl of oatmeal, and I couldn’t tell you the last time I had French toast. It seems to be a bit overshadowed by pancakes and waffles these days! I wanted to give this old-school recipe a grown up, healthy makeover. My only stipulation was that the toast slices had to be THICK.

I used my favorite whole wheat sourdough for the bread in this recipe. I love this bread because 1) it contains whole wheat flour, which is rich in nutrients like magnesium, zinc, B-vitamins and fiber, and 2) the sourdough fermentation process reduces phytic acid levels, which therefore allows these important nutrients to be more easily absorbed. I also replaced regular dairy milk with Elmhurst's new Unsweetened Milked Walnuts™. Elmhurst® has become my favorite milk alternative to use for all my recipes. Their unsweetened varieties have just 2 ingredients – nuts and water! This is hard to find, as a majority of milk alternatives on the shelves these days contain added gums and stabilizers. Elmhurst’s unsweetened varieties are the closest thing to homemade, and I feel good about putting them in my body. If you’d like to try Elmhurst, you can find many of their products at Whole Foods, and here is their store locator. You can also have any of their varieties delivered right to your door when you order off their website!

This French toast was a rich, decadent treat on a chilly fall morning, but I felt good about eating it because of the ingredients I chose! The sautéed cinnamon apples really took this stack to the next level - don’t leave them out!

Ingredients

Apples

  • 1 ½ medium Honeycrisp apples, chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp butter, ghee or cooking oil of choice

French Toast

  • 1 cup Elmhurst Unsweetened Milked Walnuts
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Dash of kosher salt
  • 5 slices of whole wheat sourdough bread, sliced about 1 inch thick
  • 2-3 tbsp butter, ghee or cooking oil of choice

Instructions

  1. Heat butter or oil for apples over medium heat in a cast iron skillet. Add apples and cinnamon, stirring occasionally until soft. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a separate large skillet on medium heat with 1 tbsp butter or oil.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together Milked Walnuts, egg, cinnamon, maple syrup and salt. Transfer to a shallow dish.
  4. Working in batches as not to crowd the skillet, soak both sides of bread slices. Cook each side for 3-5 minutes until nicely browned and tender. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add more butter/oil as needed between batches.
  5. Serve stack of French toast topped with cinnamon apples, a drizzle of maple syrup and nut butter (optional, but extra delicious).

This recipe serves 2-3 depending on how big the slices of toast are. It kept me full for hours! If you guys try this recipe, tag @Elmhurst1925 and @daisybeet on Instagram 🙂