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Gluten Free Coffee Cake (Paleo, Vegan + Egg-Free)

Whether you’re looking for a yummy brunch recipe, a special treat or have just been thinking coffee cake sounds good, this Gluten Free coffee cake is Paleo and Vegan friendly. It’s the perfect companion with your morning cup or makes an indulgent afternoon pick-me-up. You can also enjoy it for an evening treat, too! You decide!

Squares of gluten free coffee cake spread out in a horizontal snake like line on marble with crumbs all over.

What kind of flour do you use for this gluten free coffee cake?

We often bake with almond flour, but decided to mix it up this time because we get requests for nut-free options. So, for this gluten free coffee cake, we used Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour. Cassava flour is made by grinding up yuca root, which is a tuber. Tapioca flour also comes from the yuca root, but they are made with separate processes, and therefore cannot be used synonymously.

Do you have tips for baking with cassava flour?

Cassava flour is starchy, and it has a consistency most like traditional wheat flour. While lots of recipes say that cassava flour can be used in place of wheat flour in a 1:1 ratio, I have noticed that it settles quickly and can end up quite dense. So, here are two tips for baking with cassava flour that will help you get the best results.

  1. Always whisk the flour before you measure it out. And then measure quickly, before it fully settles. I just stick a whisk in the bag and give it a couple good stirs, and then measure right away.
  2. If you happen to have a food scale and can measure out in grams, you’ll get an even more precise measurement. We don’t have a food scale, so I go with the method mentioned above.
Gluten free coffee cake squares spread out in a vertical snaking line with crumbs all over.

But there are pecans in the topping, so it’s not nut-free?

Correct. The recipe does call for pecans in the topping because I love them. That said, you can easily omit them and just have a traditional cinnamon/sugar like crumble topping if you are eating completely nut-free. I just prefer the extra texture and nuttiness of the pecans. But you do you, and best serve your own body.

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Gluten Free Coffee Cake (Paleo + Vegan with Nut-Free Option)

3.46 from 44 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 9 squares
This Gluten Free coffee cake is Paleo and Vegan friendly. It's the perfect companion with your morning cup or makes an indulgent afternoon pick-me-up!
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  • Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit and line a 8×8 inch dish with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cassava flour, baking powder and sea salt with a fork.
  • Using the fork, "cut" coconut butter and oil into dry ingredients until small bits form.
  • Add coconut milk, maple syrup, apple sauce and apple cider vinegar and mix with fork until combined.
  • Transfer cake mixture into prepared baking dish and spread out with your hands into an even layer.
  • Make the topping by combining all the topping ingredients in the bowl you just used and mix until clumps form. Don't overmix – you want it crumbly.
  • Sprinkle topping over cake, and transfer to the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes. When a knife comes out clean, remove from the oven and let cool before slicing.
  • Serve and enjoy. You can drizzle some extra coconut butter if you want, too! We love it best served a little warm, so we usually re-heat it for about 10-12 seconds in the microwave.
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7 thoughts on “Gluten Free Coffee Cake (Paleo, Vegan + Egg-Free)

  • Wondering what I did wrong. This turned out absolutely terrible. It was so chewy (and not in a good way) that it was inedible.

    • Oh no! That’s a total bummer. I’ve heard folks have varying results for a couple reasons – brand of cassava flour (and method for measuring it out) and/or not using parchment paper to line the pan. We’ve only baked with Bob’s Red Mill and Otto’s brand cassava flour, and they’re the only ones we recommend. Also, when measuring out cassava flour, you need to whisk the flour and measure before it settles because it can be quite dense which impacts the cooking. Sometimes I even whisk and then use a spoon to add it to the measuring cup. Do any of these things sound like something different than what you did?

      • I used Bob’s Red Mill and measured using a scale. I did also use Parchment paper but it was white vs unbleached, which I usually never use, if that makes a difference?

        • I think I’ve used both white and unbleached parchment in the past, so I doubt that would have an impact. Admittedly, I’ve never measured my flour with a scale, so I’m not sure on that. It would definitely be more precise. Out of curiosity, I’d try measuring out how I explained and comparing it to what you weighed just to see how different it is. Otherwise, it could just be oven variances (do you have an older oven?) and potentially altitude maybe. One last thought I just had…you did use coconut butter (not coconut oil), correct? Sometimes readers don’t understand that there’s a big difference and I’ve had people run into issues due to that on other recipes.

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