This soft and moist apple butter coffee cake with streusel topping just melts in your mouth, the perfect breakfast or dessert this fall.

This Apple Butter Coffee Cake recipe is the ultimate dessert for apple picking season.

It’s a classic twist on your more traditional coffee cake, but with an apple tang and some fall spice. Best of all, it’s made with wholesome, grain-free, refined sugar-free ingredients. The perfect recipe to share with your entire family!

Without a doubt, all I need this fall season is a warm slice of this coffee cake and a cup of my Apple Crisp Macchiato. What more could you ask for?

If you love this recipe, you also love my Maple Walnut Banana Bread Bars or my Apple Butter Cookies.

Is apple butter gluten-free?

A moist gluten-free apple butter cake topped with a apple pie streusel and dairy-free icing

Generally, yes!

Most apple butter is made with apples and apple juice concentrate. In addition, some have added sweeteners. However, you can buy the apple butter that best matches your dietary preferences.

On the other hand, apple butter is also simple to make – all you need are apples, apple cider, maple syrup, lemon juice, and some spice.

In this case, try my Apple Butter Recipe if you’ve got some extra time!

What are the best types of apples to use for apple butter?

Overall, I love granny smith or/and honey crisp! Particularly, the sweet and tart kind is the best to balance the overall nutty flavors in the coffee cake.

Any fresh apples you get from apple picking would taste amazing!

Other popular options are Jonagold, Braeburn, Mutsu, and Winesap.

If you’re interested in learning more about how each type of apple bakes, I read this interesting article from Bon Apetit. Check it out if you feel like experimenting!

What can I do with excess apples?

A moist gluten-free coffee cake topped with a apple pie streusel and dairy-free icing

What a great problem to have!

If you went apple picking or got a little apple-happy at the store, I’ve got a few recipe ideas for you:

In addition, you can always add some extra apples to your oatmeal, Greek yogurt, or cereal!

Without a doubt, apples are the perfect pairing to some of your favorite dishes!

Ingredients for Apple Butter Coffee Cake

Ingredients are laid out for the apple coffee cake.

This Apple Butter Coffee Cake recipe is full of wholesome, filling ingredients:

Apple Butter Coffee Cake Crumble Topping

Almond flour

Coconut oil, melted

Coconut sugar

Apple pie spice

Apple Butter Coffee Cake Base

Ingredients are laid out for the apple crumbcoffee cake.

Eggs, room temperature

Apple butter

Chopped Apples

Maple syrup

Coconut oil, melted then cooled to room temperature

Apple cider vinegar

Almond flour

Tapioca flour

Baking soda

Apple pie spice

Salt

In this case, if you’d like to make this recipe paleo, simply use sugar-free alternatives like monk fruit for the sweeteners and no added sugar apple butter.

How to make Apple Butter Coffee Cake

A bowl with crumble topping made from almond flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil and cinnamon

Start by preparing the crumble.

In a small bowl, mix together almond flour, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and apple pie spice until evenly distributed.

Then, store the crumble mixture in the fridge while preparing the coffee cake batter.

HOW TO MAKE THE Apple Butter Coffee CAKE

Eggs apple butter, coconut oil and maple syrup in a glass bowl.

Start by preheating the oven to 350 F and line or grease an 8×8 baking dish.

Then, in a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: almond flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, apple pie spice, and salt until there are no clumps left.

In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: coconut oil, maple syrup, apple butter, eggs, and apple cider vinegar. Specifically, I like using store-bought apple butter, but you can also make your own apple butter.

Eggs apple butter, coconut oil and maple syrup in a glass bowl being mixed with the dry ingredients and chopped apples

Now, gently combine the wet and dry ingredients with a spatula.

Pour the cake batter into the 8×8 parchment-paper-lined baking dish.

Lastly, top the apple butter coffee cake batter with the crumble. Use your hands to combine smaller crumbles together to create larger pieces.

Finally, bake at 350F for 27-30 min. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Frequently asked questions about my apple butter coffee cake

A piece of gluten free and paleo apple coffee cake that's moist and soft. It's topped with a sweet crumble streusel and a dairy-free icing

Does coffee cake have coffee in it?

Surprisingly, coffee cake does not usually have real coffee in it. In fact, it’s called coffee cake because it tastes best with a cup of joe.

Coffee cake is usually defined as a tender, single-layer cake with a sweet streusel topping. Sometimes the streusel is also added as a middle layer in the cake for added flavor. It is typically baked with fruit, spices, or nuts as added toppings.

The coffee cake also differentiates itself from other cakes because it does not have frosting. This means it’s ready to serve straight out of the oven.

Why is my crumb topping not crumbly?

In this case, odds are you over-mixed the ingredients or added in melted coconut oil that was too hot. Generally, if you must melt your coconut oil, I recommend letting it sit for a few minutes before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.

What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumb?

In brief, a crumb is just a crisp without the oats in the streusel.

How to serve Apple Butter Coffee Cake

Generally, this Apple Butter Coffee Cake tastes amazing just as it is!

However, I like to take it to the next level with some apple spice icing:

2/3 cup powdered sugar

2 – 3 tbsp milk of choice

1/2 tsp apple pie spice

Add more or less milk depending on your consistency preferences!

Additionally, this coffee cake would taste amazing with:

Ice cream

Yogurt

Nut butter

How to store Apple Butter Coffee Cake

In brief, this cake can be stored on your kitchen counter for up to 2 days. Simply cover it with some plastic wrap.

Significantly, storing at room temperature will allow the Apple Butter Coffee Cake to stay soft and moist and the streusel topping crumbly.

Additionally, this coffee cake stores well in an air-tight container in the fridge for 5 days.

Note: the texture will harden a little bit. Simply put it in the microwave for 15 seconds to warm it up.

Lastly, YES you can freeze it!

Wrap individual pieces in plastic wrap before freezing. Then, you will have single servings of Apple Butter Coffee Cake ready to go in the mornings! Accordingly, just defrost in the microwave for 15 – 20 seconds or so before serving.

What other fall recipes would you like to see? Leave a comment below!

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A fork has taken a bite out of the apple coffee cake

MORE RECIPES TO PAIR WITH YOUR COFFEE THIS FALL:

1. Pumpkin Coffee Cake

2. Pumpkin Cookie Bars

3. Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins

Healthy Paleo Apple Cake cut into 9 squares

Get the recipe:Apple Butter Coffee Cake

This soft and moist apple butter coffee cake with streusel topping just melts in your mouth, the perfect breakfast or dessert this fall. Gluten-free and easily made Paleo.
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Ingredients

CRUMBLE TOPPING

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar *
  • 2 tsp apple pie spice

APPLE BUTTER COFFEE CAKE

  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped apple
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup *
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted then cooled to room temperature
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups almond flour, packed220g
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour 30g
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp apple pie spice
  • a pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, mix almond flour, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and apple pie spice until evenly distributed. Store the crumble mixture in the fridge while preparing the coffee cake batter.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and line or grease an 8×8 baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: almond flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, apple pie spice, and salt until there are no clumps left.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients: coconut oil, maple syrup, apple butter**, eggs, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Gently combine the wet and dry ingredients with a spatula.
  • Pour the cake batter into the 8×8 parchment-paper-lined baking dish.
  • Top the apple butter coffee cake batter with the crumble. Use your hands to combine smaller crumbles to create larger pieces.
  • Bake at 350F for 27-30 min. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Notes

*Paleo if using homemade apple butter or no-sugar store-bought apple butter
**You can use store-bought apple butter or make your own apple butter

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.