Healthy Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This coffee cake is an homage to my DC days when I fueled my mornings with sugar and caffeine.

Every morning, I’d go to St. Elmo’s in Del Ray and order a Low-fat Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffin (“that one with all the icing, please”) and a small coffee.

This combo had a strangle-hold on me for YEARS, even after I knew better and started learning about hormonal fat loss and nutrition.

I don’t miss the blood sugar roller coaster, the cravings, or the jitters, but sometimes, I just wish SOMEONE made a decent, healthy cinnamon coffee cake so I could get my occasional fix.

And that applies to lots of stuff.  Not just Cinnamon Coffee Cake.

I found a gluten-free, dairy-free recipe online that looked excellent but was still very high in sugar.  I LAQFitness’ed it and voilah.  

Now we can all start our mornings with a little slice of streusel-covered heaven and not feel the smidgiest bit guilty about it.  It’s gluten- and dairy-free and contains no refined sweeteners.  It’s made with OATS for cryin’ out loud, and has good fats from the coconut oil and walnuts.

Make it.

And for the love, brew a good pot of coffee while it’s baking.

Healthy Cinnamon Coffee Cake_FitBrewINGREDIENTS

1 c. oat flour OR 1/2 c. oat flour + 1/2 c. brown rice flour

2 Tbs. coconut sugar or Sucanat

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. sea salt

2 1/2 Tbs. coconut oil, melted

3 Tbs. honey

1/4 c. + 2 Tbs. coconut milk

1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

STREUSEL TOPPING

1/2 c. oat flour

1 Tbs. coconut sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

Pinch or two of salt

2 Tbs. coconut oil

Optional: 2 Tbs. walnuts, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350.

Line a 9″ loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Mixture 1: In a small nonreactive bowl, combine coconut milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside.  (It may start to curdle slightly – which is what you want.)

Mixture 2: In another small bowl, combine melted coconut oil and honey.

Mixture 3: Now combine oat flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt.

Combine all three mixture togethers and stir.  Pour into prepared pan.

For the topping, combine remaining 1/2 c. oat flour with cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add chopped walnuts if using.

Drizzle melted coconut oil over the dry ingredients and toss with a fork until a crumbly mixtures forms, similar to wet sand.  Spread evenly over batter.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until set.  Remove from oven and let cool. Holding the parchment paper, lift the cake out of pan.  Slice into squares and serve.

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I like to place the individual squares in muffin liners.  It makes them easy to pick up if you’re serving them to a group.  And they’re prettier too:)

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BAKERS’ NOTES:

  • Oat flour is just old fashioned oats ground finely in a food processor.  Buy oat flour if you want, but I never do.  I just make it from whole oats!
  • For the sake of your coffee cake’s appearance, use the parchment paper.  Trying to slice it and removing it piece by piece with a spatula will result in crumbly messy squares.  The parchment paper means no clean up, and the whole thing lifts right out so you can cut it evenly into squares.
  • Do not substitute maple syrup for the honey.  It will make the batter too runny.  In some recipes, the two are fairly interchangeable, but not here.
  • If you don’t have brown rice flour, use all oat flour.  Using the rice flour will give the cake a finer crumb, but it is excellent both ways!
  • If you need to lower the sugar/carb count, use stevia or erythritol instead of the coconut sugar.
  • You can use any unsweetened milk you like here: coconut, almond, rice, etc.  I would like to try it with buttermilk some time!! (Although it would no longer be dairy-free).
  • Add 1/2 c. frozen blueberries to the batter for Blueberry Coffee Cake.  YUM.

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One Thought on “Healthy Cinnamon Coffee Cake

  1. Stephanie on March 21, 2014 at 10:10 am said:

    I made is coffee cake and it came out wonderful. It doesn’t make a lot, but that might be a good thing because I might eat the entire batch myself. This was the first recipe I have tried from Fit-Brew, and I am excited to try another!!

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